Cashew Cheddar Cheese from The Real Food Daily Cookbook
Peter and I decided to pack up our entire bookcase and get rid of the thing. It was huge and served no purpose in our extra room and all it did was collect dust. We each kept out books we want out to put up on some shelves we will install eventually and all of my cookbooks went into my grandmothers glass door buffet in our dining room. Going through all of my books gave me a chance to look through cookbooks I haven’t seen in awhile and one of those book was The Real Food Daily Cookbook by Ann Gentry.
Its one of those books I love and never cook from much. (Her seitan recipes are some of my favorite recipes but that’s for another separate post.) There was always one recipe that stuck out, that I always wanted to make and never did and that was her Cashew Cheddar Cheese. So this week I set forth some spare time and made 1/2 a recipe.
I was really excited about making this cheese. One reason was that with the ingredients used I just knew it would at least be tasty. Two, I’ve never made my own vegan cheese before! How that is a possibility I do not know. Anyway, I made it. I tried it. I liked it. A lot. My “i don’t eat that fake vegan stuff” Maa even tried some and couldn’t believe how tasty it was.
The first thing I though of after the cheese turned into a solid block was to slice some up for cheese and crackers. Its been my daily snack now for the past few days. For breakfast yesterday I cooked up some vegan sausage and added a few slices on top to see it’s melt ability..and although it didn’t melt** it was still great. I haven’t remelted a block of the cheese down yet like the recipe says you can but be sure that I will try it out in the next day or so and report back the results. All I know is that the next time I make it I will make the full recipe instead of just 1/2. I have so many ideas for it.
**I think it didn’t melt because my agar/milk mixture boiled over and I lost quite a bit of the mixture so the recipe wasn’t exactly how it was suppose to be even though it was quite delicious as it was.