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Sliceable Cashew Cheese [Vegan]

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If you’re vegan and you’re craving cheese, you gotta try this. Super simple, can be whisked under an hour. Set to perfection, you can slice this, grate it, melt this, there is no oil in this and made from all natural ingredients. 7 ingredients (without counting water in) Best part of all, completely soy-free.

Sliceable Cashew Cheese [Vegan]

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw cashews [Soaked overnight in a cup of water]
  • 1 heaped Tbsp + 1.5 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic (you don’t want this to be a garlic cheese)
  • 1.5 tsp starch of your choice (Tapioca/Arrowroot/Corn)
  • 1.5 tsp agar agar powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp juice from lemon
  • 1/2 cup +1/2 cup water
  • Salt – to taste

Preparation

  1. In a saucepan, mix agar agar in 1/2 cup water. Keep aside
  2. Discard the water from cashews. Rinse them really well. Add cashews to a food processor with nutritional yeast, garlic, starch, salt, lemon juice & 1/2 cup of water. Make a very very smooth paste.
  3. Add the cashew paste to agar agar mixture.
  4. Bring this to boil on a low-medium heat until it forms a thick pancake-batter consistency.
  5. Quickly transfer to ramekins. This quantity makes one full ramekin and another 1/2 ramekin sized cheeses.
  6. Refrigerate for an hour. Carefully remove from the ramekin and enjoy

Consistency will be that of silken tofu[ A hard-jelly consistency]

Nutrional Information

Total Calories: 325 | Total Carbs: 22 g | Total Fat: 20 g | Total Protein: 13 g | Total Sodium: 323 g | Total Sugar: 1 g

Notes

You could add a pinch of turmeric for a deep yellow color.

Taste check the cashew paste. If you like it to be more tangy, feel free to increase the quantity of lemon juice.

It will be a think ‘jelly’ consistency. Not as firm as normal cheese. However, you could hold and grate through a grater. Mine became a bit mushy. However, managed to pass through the sieve though.

Tastes excellent with crackers

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Dairy-free sweets and meat-free dinners with Indian flair. I am Charanya, a vegan and gluten-free blogger and founder of Yes, I am Vegan. I am an IT lecturer by day and blogger by night. I have been vegan for three years now and gluten-free, the last year. One common question I get asked is, what do you eat? That's why I started blogging, to show the world, vegan and gluten-free food isn't hard to cook. You just need to look for it.


 

 

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Surlymama
8 Months Ago

This is delicious, but consistently comes out more like a pate. Not a problem, but not really what I consider at "slcieable" cheese. Very, very tasty though.


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WandaJ
13 Mar 2017

I wonder what would happen if you added a little more agar agar? That\'s what thickens it, right?



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