My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blog worthy recipe

Although I shouldn't really say a recipe, more of a food experiment.

The kids asked if we could make cheese.

Umm, No.  Cheese making is not that simple.

But I told them we could make a soft cheese.  So we did.

And then I wondered what to do with all that soft cheese. 

This is what I came up with and it is so good!

  1. Make a batch of creamy yoghurt in your yoghurt maker (or buy a litre - thick greek style is good).
  2. Line a sieve or strainer with cheese cloth (pour boiling water over it first) and place it over a bowl.
  3. Pour all your yoghurt (minus a few spoons the kids had for tasting purposes) into the sieve, place in fridge and let it drain overnight.  
  4. Discard the liquid (or you could probably use it for baking bread or something) and place your yoghurt - now soft cheese - into a mixing bowl.
  5. Melt about (I wasn't measuring) 100 grams of chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  6. Beat this into the soft cheese quickly.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a couple of spoons of sugar or honey to taste (I used milk chocolate so I didn't need much as it is already quite sweet.  With dark chocolate, you may need more).

We had a big dollop with fresh fruit and it was delicious.  I would also use it in place of a ganache or mousse or to add an extra 'wow' on top of a cheesecake or other dessert, like warm brownie.  It was velvety and rich but not cloying and not too chocolatey either.  Devine!

And just because it feels like Summer is truly here now, I'm leaving you with my favourite summer evening photo.  Enjoy!


  1. That sounds so easy and so yum. Looks like your two really enjoyed it.

  2. The kids look happy, that means happy mum too!

  3. Don't you love those big blue eyes??? Not sure about this one... I'm not a fan of yoghurt, or soft cheese... so just can't imagine adding chocolate to it.

  4. Oooh, yum, sound right up my alley!

  5. Oh yes, I'm a yoghurt-and-cheese-a-holic. I've made the cheese, but didn't ever think to mix with chocolate, yum ... what a good idea! Thanks for sharing :-)))


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