I was lucky enough to be selected to participate in the One Hour Cheese blog tour, featuring the delicious (and simple!) homemade cheese recipes of Claudia Lucero from her book, ONE HOUR CHEESE.
I have to admit it was intimidating looking through this book at first since I’d never made cheese, and it sounded like a project with lots of room for error… my error, that is. Since I have a weakness for sweets, the recipe I tried out was the No-Bake Cheese Tartlet (recipe below) which didn’t require any special tools or fancy processes — just several yummy ingredients cleverly mixed and served up together.
Next up I tried the Triple Pepper Hack, which thanks to Lucero’s step-by-step photo instructions, surprisingly turned out to be a breeze. Can’t wait to try out a few more soon!
No-Bake Cheese Tartlet
- 2 Tbs honey or real maple syrup
- 1 cup Fromage Facile
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 cup roasted and salted almonds
- 1/4 cup juicy medjool dates, pitted (I had a hard time finding these, so I used some Dole-brand pitted California dates. They worked perfectly)
- 1 cup total berries, chopped melon, peaches, and/or plums (I used fresh peaches)
- 1 Tbs orange marmalade or honey (I used honey)
FILLING: Mix honey or real maple syrup with Fromage Facile (the you can fancy it up with anything you enjoy: cinnamon, nutmeg…)
CRUST: Use a food processor to coarsely crush the almonds and 1/4 cup pitted medjool dates. The crust mix should appear crumbly but stay formed when squeezed. If necessary, add another date to help form the crust. Press crust evenly to help form the crust. (I used a measuring cup as a mold to shape my crust around and it worked perfectly!) Press crust evenly into two 4-inch pans. Spread cheese filling over the crusts.
TOPPING: Decorate the tarts with fruit and dot them with the marmalade or honey. Since I love cinnamon, I also added a sprinkle of cinnamon on the top for extra flavor and as an extra garnish.
For more information on Claudia Lucero, to watch her helpful online video tutorials, or to buy her handy cheese-making kits, visit UrbanCheeseCraft.com.
Next up on the tour is BUTTER ME UP, BROOKLYN, a delectable site filled with sweet treats galore!