03 September 2009

the conclusion of the simple cheese

simplecheese01although it looked really weird in my refrigerator, it tasted far from weird. after 3 days, when the whey was completely gone and the top of the hose was dry, i cut away the hose and rolled my cheese in some herbes de provence. and ate.

i can’t believe it worked: all i did was put some sour cream into a pantyhose, tied a knot, left it in the fridge, and waited a few days. that’s it.

simplecheese03but you know what’s even better? homemade cheese on a homemade tortilla.

simplecheese02since i couldn’t find any in stores that had less than 5 ingredients, i decided to make my own tortillas. if i can’t pronounce it, i try not to eat it.

Recipe adapted from Shiny Cooking which in turn got it from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking book.

2 cups bread-flour (or wheat, or all-purpose, or whatever you have)

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbs canola oil

2/3 cup warm water

Add the canola oil to the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. I just mixed it in with my hands until I couldn’t see any traces of oil. Then, add the 2/3 cup warm water and start kneading. It will sticky at first, but eventually it became a nice ball of dough. Cover it and let it rest for 20 minutes, then divide it into 8 balls of dough and let it rest again for 20 minutes. (To be honest: I made the tortillas 3 separate times, and i’ll admit to skipping this step sometimes… can’t help it, sometimes i’m impatient!)

Using a rolling pin (or a tortilla press if you have one), roll them out into thin discs (size is up to you), and heat them for about 30 seconds on each side over medium heat. If they puff up you can flatten them gently with the back of a spatula.

Conclusion: 2 simple things, each delicious in their own right, but when put together… even better! now my curiosity is piqued to see what other methods of cheese-making are out there that i can do at home!


Eileen said...

Man, that cheese looks awesome.

Amy (Shiny Cooking) said...

I'm so thrilled to see you tried the tortillas!

Have you found that the second rest makes a difference? I haven't tried without but anything that cuts time I'll do!

cathy said...

@amy: honestly, since i eat them hot off the skillet, i can't notice anything. basically, i think fresh-not-properly-rested tortillas have to taste better than not-fresh-but-properly-rested tortillas. does that make sense?

and when they're covered with cheese or salsa, it's even harder to notice!