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Vegan Almond “Cheese” — Queso vegano de Almendras

This vegan almond “cheese” is just as satisfying as dairy cheese and is also a good choice for cheese connoisseurs who are net yet eating a vegan diet.
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20min   140min easy
33/20/47  LA!:0ALA


Ingredients (for servings, )

For the almond “cheese” mixture
5 ½ ozAlmonds
1 Lemon, raw, without peel (2 oz)
1 tsp, wholeCumin seed
1 tsp, groundWhite pepper (0.08 oz)
1 tspGarlic powder or granules (0.11 oz)
1 tspSalt (0.21 oz)
For the consistency
1 ⅓ tbspAgar-agar (0.56 oz)
400 mlTap water (14 oz)
1 tspOlive oil (0.16 oz)

Equipment

  • mortar or rolling pin or coffee grinder, electric
  • blender or hand-held blender / immersion blender
  • stove
  • refrigerator
  • citrus juicer (lemon squeezer)
  • saucepan

Type of preparation

  • cook
  • chop or grind
  • blanch
  • blend
  • squeeze
  • cool
  • bring to a boil
  • purée

Preparation

  1. For the almond “cheese” mixture
    Blanch the almonds in boiling water for 1 minute and then remove the skin.

  2. You can also soak the almonds overnight in a bowl with warm water and then remove the skin.

  3. Squeeze the lemon juice using a citrus juicer and then pour the juice in a bowl.

  4. If you don’t have any fresh lemons, you can also use about 3 tbsp of store-bought lemon juice (for a recipe that serves six).

  5. Grind the cumin in a mortar. Add the almonds, spices, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and the salt to the blender.

  6. If you don’t have a mortar or an (electric) coffee grinder, you can also use a meat mallet (the flat side) or a rolling pin to crush the cumin seed. It works well to put the cumin seed in a sturdy plastic bag so that it is then ready to be used or transferred to a container for storage.

  7. For the consistency 
    Place the agar-agar and the water in a saucepan and heat 3-4 minutes until it begins to thicken. Then add directly to the other ingredients in the blender and puree until the mixture is smooth.

  8. Grease a round glass baking pan with a little oil and then pour the mixture in. Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Serve and enjoy.

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Notes about recipe

Agar-agar: The ingredient agar-agar is a natural thickener that is extracted from the cell walls of certain species of algae. Like pectin, it is a good vegetarian/vegan substitute for gelatin. For example, it can be used to thicken panna cotta or for making jam. Both agar-agar and pectin have to be heated in order to dissolve and work as thickeners. You can learn more about agar-agar by reading the information we have provided for this ingredient.

Tips

Gelling properties: The gelling properties of the various agar products vary quite a bit. It is therefore best to first try out new products by heating the agar-agar and water mixture for about 2 minutes and then spooning about 1 tbsp of the mixture onto a cold plate. The mixture should gel within 3 minutes. If the result is not firm enough, you can add more agar-agar (first mix with cold water and let cook for 2 minutes). If the result is too firm, you can add a little liquid.

Lemon juice: If you don’t have any lemons available, you can also use store-bought lemon juice. A lemon that weighs about 60 g yields around 3 tbsp lemon juice.

Alternate preparation

Alternative to blanching: Instead of blanching the almonds, you can also soak them overnight in a bowl with warm water and remove the skin the next morning.

Vegan “cheese” varieties: You can also add spices, herbs, and nutritional yeast to the almond “cheese”. Experiment with different varieties.