Making Love Potions, by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Publishing, 2016) playfully presents 64 easy recipes for natural body oils, balms, tonics, bath blends, and sweet treats to share with your special someone. Most recipes use simple, common ingredients, making them both easy and quick to prepare. These recipes for sweet yogurt cheese are soft and luxurious.
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If you’ve never tried sweet yogurt cheese before, then you’re in for a delicious surprise. It’s creamy, thick, and smooth — a bit softer than cream cheese — and easily infused with the flavors of spices, natural sweeteners, dried fruit, fruit juice, and citrus zest. If you’re fond of soft cheeses, try these two easy-to-make recipes.
Sweet Vanilla-Orange Flavoring
• 1 quart organic, vanilla-flavored, whole-milk yogurt (do not use Greek-style)
• 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate, thawed
• Zest from 1 medium orange, tangerine, or tangelo (about 2 teaspoons grated)
Sweet Honey-Cinnamon Flavoring
• 1 quart organic, plain, whole-milk yogurt (do not use Greek-style)
• 1/4 cup raw honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Line a plastic or metal colander with several layers of cheesecloth or a linen kitchen towel. Set the colander into a slightly smaller bowl so there is a minimum of 1 1/2 inches of space between the bottom of the colander and bottom of the bowl (this is where the liquid whey will collect as it drains from the yogurt).
2. Scoop the yogurt into the lined colander, then gently fold over the edges of the cloth so it covers the yogurt.
3. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and allow the whey to drip out for at least 8 to 12 hours. The longer it drains, the thicker and richer the cheese.
4. When the yogurt is ready, lift the colander from the bowl and set it in the sink. Pour the slightly tart, acidophilus-rich whey into a glass and drink it straight or add it to a smoothie later in the day.
5. Open the cloth and scoop the mound of cheese into a medium bowl. Stir in the flavoring ingredients until thoroughly blended.
6. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving so the flavors can mingle. For best taste and consistency, use within 3 days.
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