“Homemade Goat Cheese Mousse with Peppercorns”

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This creamy goat cheese mousse is served with balsamic strawberries and strawberry gel and is topped with granola.

1 to 2 hours preparation time and 1 – 2 hours cooking time. This recipe serves 4.

Special supplies:

  • a vacuum pack bag
  • silicone mat

Ingredients for granola:

  • 1¾oz rolled oats
  • 1oz peeled walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1oz peeled hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1¾oz unsalted butter
  • 1 oz. Dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 oz.dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 oz. Dried bananas, roughly chopped
  • 1 oz. Freeze-dried strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp honey

Ingredients for mousse:

  • 2½ fl oz goat milk
  • 5½ oz caster sugar
  • 5½ oz double cream
  • 5½ oz cream cheese
  • 1 oz pink peppercorns, crushed
  • 4½ oz soft goat cheese

Ingredients for balsamic strawberries:

  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • 3½ fl oz white balsamic vinegar
  • 5g lemon balm, finely chopped

Ingredients for strawberry gel:

  • 4fl oz strawberry purée
  • 2¼ oz caster sugar
  • 2g agar-agar

Ingredients for Tuile:

  • 3½ oz Isomalt
  • 25g liquid glucose
  • 32g caster sugar

To serve:

  • fresh lemon balm

Directions:

    • For the granola, preheat the oven to 225 degrees F
    • Toast the rolled oats, walnuts and hazelnuts in a dry frying pan until golden-brown.
    • Remove from the pan and then heat the butter in the frying pan until foaming.
    • Mix the toasted ingredients, along with the cranberries, apricots, dried bananas and freeze-dried strawberries in the foaming butter, maple syrup and honey until coated.
    • Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
    • Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool. Pulse in a food processor until broken up into pieces.
    • For the mousse, add all of the ingredients to a free-standing food mixer and beat until the mixture thickens and comes together. Place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes until needed.
    • For the balsamic strawberries, slice the strawberries and add to a vacuum pack bag with the balsamic vinegar and finely chopped lemon balm. Seal and leave to marinate for 20 minutes.
    • For the strawberry gel, add the strawberry purée, caster sugar and agar-agar to a pan and boil for one minute.
    • Remove from the heat and allow to cool and set, before blending to a smooth gel.
    • For the tuile, add the Isomalt, liquid glucose, 1fl oz water and caster sugar to a saucepan and heat to 320 degrees F. Pour onto a baking tray lined with a silicone mat and leave to set. Break into desired shapes.
    • To serve, make quenelles of the chilled goat cheese mousse and roll in the crushed granola and then place onto a serving plate. Arrange slices of balsamic strawberries to the side. Dot the plate with strawberry gel. Place the sugar tuile on top of the mousse. Garnish with lemon balm.

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“How To Make Bread Sauce Using Goat Milk?”

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What Christmas dinner would be complete without bread sauce to accompany the turkey? This bread sauce recipe is an easy extra for Christmas Day and is good served cold with leftovers. Less than 30 minutes preparation time, and 10 to 30 minutes cooking time. This recipe makes 1 litre.

Ingredients:

  • 1 day-old loaf unsliced white bread
  • 2 pints goat milk
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns
  • 2 blades fresh mace or heaped ¼ tsp ground mace
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 oz butter
  • 2 tbsp double cream, optional
  • 1 fresh nutmeg, for grating

Directions:

  • Remove the crust from the bread and tear the stripped loaf into a mound of rough chunks or cubes about ¾inch. in size. You should end up with 6¼ – 7¼ oz. of cubes. If the bread is not slightly stale already, leave the pieces out on a wire rack to dry out.
  • Pour the milk into a saucepan. Press a clove into each quarter of the onion.
  • Add the onion quarters, bay leaves, peppercorns and the blades of mace (or sprinkle the ground mace into the pan) along with the salt and bring to the mixture almost to its boiling point.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Cover the pan with a lid and let the ingredients infuse for at least half an hour, though you can leave it for a few hours if that helps with your cooking schedule.
  • After the mixture has infused, place the pan back on a very low heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the onions, peppercorns, cloves, bay leaves and the blades of mace.
  • Add the bread to the saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring every now and then, by which time the sauce should have become thick and warm.
  • Just before serving the bread sauce, add the butter to the saucepan and stir until the butter has melted and combined with the sauce and season, to taste, with salt.
  • Add the cream – if using. Grate over quite a bit of nutmeg, adding more once you have poured the bread sauce into a warmed bowl or gravy boat.
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“Homemade Smoked Provolone Cheese”

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What is Provolone Cheese?

Pronounced: proh-voh-LOH-nee

If you can imagine mozzarella with a fuller flavor, then you have imagined Provolone. It is a semi-hard Italian cheese, aged for a minimum of six months, and originated in Casilli near Vesuvius  where it is still produced in various shapes as in 10 to 15 cm long pear, sausage, or cone shapes. A variant of Provolone is also produced in Japan and North America.

Smoked cheese makes a wonderful addition to sandwiches. Now, you can create this great taste with the step-by-step instructions for the best homemade smoked provolone cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 4 gallons of raw goats milk
  • 1 teaspoon of type K or KL lipase powder dissolved into 1/3 cup of cool, non-chlorine water
  • 4 teaspoons of citric acid powder dissolved in 3/4 cup of cool, non-chlorine water. Allow this to sit for 5 minutes or more.
  • 1 teaspoon of rennet mixed in 1/4 cup of cool, non-chlorine water

Instructions making the provolone cheese

  • Warm 2 gallons of the milk to 86 degrees F
  • Mix in the dissolved lipase powder.
  • Keeping temperature at 86 degrees F, let milk set for 1 hour to incubate.
  • Add the dissolved citric acid to the remaining 2 gallons of cold goats milk.Then, add the cold milk to the 2 gallons of warm milk and bring the temperature to 86 degrees F.
  • Add the dissolved rennet to the combined 4 gallons of milk.
  • Allow to sit for 15 minutes or more. Whey will cover the top of the curds.
  • Now you are ready to cut the curds into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Allow curds to settle to the bottom of the pot, and then slowly raise the temperature to 115 degrees during a 30 minute time frame while stirring.
  • And now, using a large dipper or stainless pot with a handle, remove the whey from the curds that have settled to the bottom of the pot. Leave enough whey to cover the matted curds.
  • Prepare ice water in a pan long enough for the desired length of your provolone cheese log.
  • Meanwhile, heat the whey that is covering the provolone log that you have begun shaping. Use a cloth that you drained the curds into to turn the log of provolone in the heated whey. Remove the heated whey and the provolone cheese log from the heat. Continue to lift the cloth to aid in shaping the log of cheese.
  • When cheese becomes smooth and firm enough to handle, place the cheese into the ice water. Avoid handling the cheese log as much as possible.
  • Do not rush the cooling process! If you have a wooden mold 3″x3″ and 10″ long, place the cheese log into the mold. After the cheese log chills, remove and rub with iodine free salt and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator at 45 degrees and redress every two days for 8 or 10 days. If you are going to smoke the provolone cheese, do not uncover the cheese log.
  • After 10 days, wipe the cheese with cool water and pat dry.

Smoking the provolone cheese

  • Cold smoke your provolone cheese for approximately 4 hours. You can use small hickory chips, fresh from the woods or small sassafras twigs from sassafras trees.
  • Cold smoking cheese and meat is simple and inexpensive.
  • All you need is a clean metal bottomless garbage can and a soldering iron. Take an average size can of vegetables and partially cut the lid, leaving enough of the lid attached to close the can after filling it with wood chips. Be sure to remove the outside paper from the can, then wash and dry it.
  • Use tin snips to cut a round slot in part of the lid to allow you to put the soldering iron into the can filled with wood chips. Fill the can with small hickory chips or small sassafras twigs and place soldering iron into the can. Place garbage can on gravel and place the can with chips and soldering iron just under the metal bottomless garbage can. If you have a smoker, it will also work just fine.
  • And now, this is what makes it a cold smoker. Take a large box that will cover the top of your smoker and cut a hole in the bottom of the box, about a 6 inch diameter circle. Place the box on top of the smoker making sure that the box will receive all of the smoke. Place a rack a few inches above the bottom of the box and place this rack as far away from the 6 inch diameter hole as possible. This to allow the cheese to absorb the smoke and remain cool.
  • After about 15 minutes, unplug the soldering iron. Check the cheese, and if the cheese is dripping, then remove the cheese, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
  • Repeat the process until the cheese starts making a rind. The color of the cheese will have a slight yellow cast. Do not let the rind become too dried out and hard. Wax the cheese after it is smoked, so that other cheeses that are being aged do not become smoked. Age 6-8 months or more from date of being waxed.

Enjoy! The best Smoked Provolone Cheese.

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“How To Make Double Baked Goat Cheese Souffles?”

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Twice baked souffles were fashionable a while back and recently, a revival as ‘retro food’.

A twice-baked recipe for souffles is ideal as you can make it in advance and then re-bake just before serving, making serving the souffles much easier if you are serving your guest.

Ingredients:

  • 8 fl oz goat milk
  • 3½ oz semi-hard goat cheese, grated
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ½ onion
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 1oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • watercress to serve

Directions:

    • Preheat the oven to 365 ° F.
    • Place the milk, onion and peppercorns into a pan over a medium heat and bring to scalding point but, do not boil. Strain the milk into a bowl and discard the onion and peppercorns.
    • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a clean pan over a medium heat. Add the flour and stir well for one minute to create a paste.
    • Gradually add the heated milk, a little at a time, waiting for the flour to bubble before adding more milk and stirring between additions. Keep adding to create a smooth sauce.
    • Remove the pan from the heat, then add the egg yolks and thyme and whisk to combine.
    • Add 2½ oz of the goat cheese, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and stir well.
    • Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed.
    • Add a small spoonful of the egg whites to the cheese sauce and mix well.
    • Gradually add generous spoonfuls of the egg whites to the cheese sauce, gently folding the whites into the sauce, until the whites are completely combined with the sauce.
    • Butter and flour for 5 oz. ramekins and divide the cheese mixture among them.
    • If cooking to serve immediately, sprinkle the souffles with the remaining goat cheese; if planning to store and reheat, reserve the cheese for later.
    • Transfer the souffles to an ovenproof dish and add enough water to the dish to come a third of the way up the ramekins.
    • Carefully place into the oven to bake for 15-18 minutes, or until risen.
    • The souffles can be cooled and stored in the fridge, or even frozen, to be cooked later. If reheating, defrost or remove from the fridge, top with the remaining cheese and place into an oven preheated to 365 ° F and bake for 8-10 minutes.
    • To serve, place the souffles onto plates and place a handful of watercress alongside.

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“How To Marinate Feta Cheese?”

You can use feta purchased from the store, or learn how to make feta cheese using goat milk.

Feta cheese is an excellent choice for making marinated cheese.

Marinated feta cheese will keep at room temperature for a time, if it is prepared properly. It can also be stored in a container in the refrigerator.

To keep the cheese at room temperature, you will need to use glass canning jars.

To use canning jars, first sterilize the jar, lid and ring by boiling in water for ten minutes. Remove all parts from the water with tongs and allow to cool.

Place alternating layers of herbs and cubes of feta cheese into the jar. Leave about 1″ space at the top. Cover the cheese and herbs completely with vegetable oil.

Stronger herbs will produce a more noticeable flavor in the cheese, but choose according to your taste. You can use either dried or fresh herbs. Some herbs that are typically used include:

  • peppercorns
  • garlic
  • dill
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • thyme
  • bay leaves
  • fig leaves

Olive oil will have the strongest flavor, and will add a beautiful golden-green color, but you can also use canola, soybean, or other vegetable oil if you prefer a lighter taste and look.

Place the lid and ring on the jar and tighten. The cheese will keep without refrigeration for a while, as long as it is completely covered by the oil.

Use your marinated feta as a snack.

Experiment with your own combinations to find your favorite taste.

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