If there was a tasty and healthy option to cheese, I would vote for this. Labneh or laban is a popular middle eastern snack made from strained yogurt.
Plain yogurt is strained to remove the whey using muslin cloth over a period of 24-48 hours to form a soft cheese which will then formed into balls and serve with extra virgin Olive Oil and sprinkled with spices and black seed.
If you dont already have muslin cloth, you can actually use coffee filter for the same effect. I prefer using the muslin as it is easy to handle and can be reuse over and over again.....after all muslin are cheap and readily available.
So lets get to the ingredients:
You will need :
1 kg plain yogurt
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
Muslin cloth (about 2 feet square)
Extra virgin Olive Oil
Black Seed (Habbatussawda/Sativa seeds)
Spice mix (I used Harissa spice mix)
Mix yogurt with salt and sugar in a bowl. Place muslin cloth in another bowl and pour yogurt mix onto the cloth. You can immediately see the whey (a clear liquid) dripping into the catcher bowl. Tie the muslin over the yogurt into a neat and tight pouch with plenty of string to hang this pouch in your refrigerator.
Tie the package together with a rubberband and hang it from a hook, placing your bowl beneath to catch any dripping whey.
|soft cheese is formed with similar texture to cream cheese|