Do you remember the home made Haloumi Cheese I posted earlier. This what I made with two of the blocks. Haloumi is a cheese very famous in Cyprus and this is used in a variety of dishes including a very simple grilled cheese. This cheese has a high melting point and so it can be grilled easily, so much like our Paneer. I have a salad recipe in line. Will post it later. But today we will see how to grill it. It is the easiest way to serve this cheese.
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Do you love cheese? Then these cute cheesy bites will surely tempt you. I saw this recipe while I was searching for Greek dishes. They added so many cheeses in it, but I had only feta and mozzarella at hand. So I tried using both. Last time when I visited Chennai, I bought home a 200 gm bar of Feta cheese. It is quite expensive. So after making two dishes, I was left with 1/2 a cup of crumbled feta which was asking me to use it up. I felt that this recipe is perfect to use up all the left over cheese. Feta is quite salty and so I didn’t use any salt in the recipe. The recipe is quite easy to put together but still I had some problems. But somehow I managed to solve all my problems and create this absolutely delicious crispy crusted soft textured bites. Whether you eat it hot or at room temperature, it tastes amazing. But some may not like the flavour of feta. My hubby is one, so he didn’t like it. Try this only if you are a fan. You will love it.
Update: Ever since I made this recipe, it has been my go to recipe for all cream cheese based dishes. But recently, I tried one more recipe which I can say that is the best I have made till date. it is so creamy and turns out beautiful in all recipes including frostings. If you are keen on making the perfect cream cheese, please take a look at that post also before deciding on which one to make. Here goes the new Cream Cheese Recipe. http://gayathriscookspot.com/2016/11/the-best-homemade-cream-cheese-recipe/. You can also click on the image to take you to the post.
As promised yesterday, here is the recipe for the cheese dip I made to go with the Garlic Bread Sticks. The original recipe from allrecipes had mustard in it. But as I didn’t have it in my pantry, I just skipped it. And when I was reading the reviews, many of the readers who tried this dip ended with a grainy sauce. But some commented that using good quality cheese doesn’t result in grainy sauce. I had a block of cheddar in the fridge and thought of using it in the recipe. But as I read two types of reviews, I didn’t know how my sauce would turn out. After a lot of thinking, I made it and crossed my fingers. My sauce came out so smooth and creamy and absolutely delicious. It is very easy to put together, only it needs a lot of whisking. Using a baloon whisk makes your job easy. And make it just 30 minutes before serving so that you can serve it warm.
After I migrated to own domain, I have been super busy doing changes to my site and I am staying away from baking. It has been a week since I used my oven and I am really feeling guilty. Two months before, I joined a Face Book page known as the Home Bakers Guild. It has been a wonderful experience in that group. And I came across so many talented bakers there. One among them is Subhashini of Fondbites. When I was going through her blog, I stumbled upon an interesting baking group in her blog. It is Bake Along in which a group of enthusiastic bakers bake a recipe every week. I have joined them for the 29th edition. For this month the recipe Subhashini chose is quite simple yet very very addictive. You could never stop with a couple of these home made cheese crackers.
Scones are a type of quick breads which originated in Scotland. Baking soda is the leavening agent used. It can also be called as a pastry as it is somewhat similar to pastry in preparation. Cold butter is rubbed into the flour and buttermilk is used to bring together the dough. Scones are served as breakfast, brunch or with afternoon tea. English scones are round in shape and are similar to the American biscuits. There are so many variation you can make to a scone. Usually they are lightly sweetened and served along with clotted cream, jam or butter. Scones taste best when served warm.
Mascarpone cheese is hard to get in Indian stores and even if you get the cost is sky high. When I prepared Italian dessert Tiramisu for one of the challenges, I made the cheese at home after seeing an online post at baking Obsession. Mascarpone cheese is made by curdling fresh cream/ heavy cream. Lemon juice is used for curdling. The cream doesn’t curdle like milk. As I was not aware of this I was so confused when I heated the cream. But once I drained it in fridge, it thickened up so nice and the cheese was so creamy. As I was not so sure of the result, I didn’t take any step wise photos and now I regret for that. Next time when I prepare this cheese, I will surely update the post with the snaps
Lasagna is a Pasta dish made in layers with meat sauce and cheese. I made a vegetarian version using mushroom and spinach. One of my readers wanted me to post Lasagna recipe. I have seen so many recipes but never attempted it at home. SO when I saw the Lasagna sheets in the stores I grabbed it. Those sheets were oven ready sheets so you need not precook the sheets. Just layer it with sauce and cheese and bake for 30 minutes and Lasagna is ready. This recipe is adapted from Titli’s vegetarian lasagna. It turned out wonderful. The white cheese sauce was absolutely delicious and it just melted in the mouth. I am really happy that I tried this. Next time I am planning to do a spicy version as hubby likes only spicy food. I assembled the lasagna and refrigerated it. The next day I baked it. There is one more lasagna in the freezer. You can either freeze uncooked lasagna or cooked lasagna. Both works great. So have one in freezer and on a day when you are in no mood to work in kitchen, just remove it, thaw and bake. Your food is ready in 30 minutes without even doing any work…
Today I am starting the first week in the Blogging Marathon sequence for the month of August. For the first week I am doing posts under mini servings theme. I made a simple snack for today with bread slices and processed cheese slices. It was very easy to put together these delights and my hubby liked it very much. As I had prepared some chocolate cookies today, Sruti didn’t show even a tiny bit of interest for these delights. But we both liked it and enjoyed it with a cup of coffee. Mini servings are very good for those who want to reduce intake of calories. So instead of using a whole bread slice and a whole cheese slice it is better to divide it into mini bites so that we have the satisfaction of tasting it but still we consume a small quantity. I made 6 of these with 2 cheese slices and three bread slices. The remaining bread slice after cutting the circle can be used to make bread crumbs. So you need not waste bread or cheese.