I read somewhere that drinking goat milk is really good for health and I went and bought a bottle of goat milk. With great enthusiasm, I had a sip, and that was it. I knew, I would not be able to finish it off... throwing it away was out of question so I thought to make fresh cheese and this recipe was born.
I love fresh dates, because they aren't too sweet and also healthy :-) Combining fresh goat cheese with dates was a great idea and both my hubby and I loved this dish. Hope you like it too.
750 ml - goat milk
3 tbsp - lemon juice
1/4 tsp - pepper powder
salt to taste 1/2 tsp - dried italian herbs
5 piece - fresh dates, pitted and thinly sliced
1 tbsp - honey
a pinch of salt
a pinch of rock salt
a generous pinch of red chilli flakes
basil leaves to garnish
balsamico vinegar (optional)
- Heat the goat milk in a pan and when it comes to a boil, add the lemon juice and cook, stirring continuously until the milk curdles. (it took around 10 minutes to curdle so don't lose patience)
- Strain the whey through a muslin cloth/fine sieve and let some tap water run over the cheese, which will help in washing off the lemon extract.
- Squeeze the muslin cloth to remove excess moisture and if using a sieve, then press the cheese with a spoon to squeeze out excess water.
- Put the cheese in a bowl, add the salt, pepper powder, dried herbs and mix well
- Add the honey, salt, rock salt, chilli flakes and dates in a pan and cook until the dates are slightly brown. (I kept the dates slightly hard, if you want them tender, first cook the dates a bit and then add the honey)
- Put the cheese in a small bowl and press it gently and then turn the bowl upside down onto a serving dish and top it up with caramelised dates and garnish with basil leaves and serve.
We tried one with balsamico vinegar and one without and both tasted good.