Homemade Halloumi

Try making your own cheese! It really is easy and this one is especially so. Halloumi is a Cypriot cheese and is quite versatile in that it can be fried as well as eaten plain. The best part about making your own Halloumi is that you have control as to the amount of salt you add. Also you can decide how long to age it for. The longer you age it the firmer it will be and the more intense the flavour. It also freezes very well so you can make quite a few and defrost them as you need them.

Begin by adding the fresh cheese to a large pot of water to which milk has been added along with salt. Heat the milky water and add the cheese. Bring to a soft boil and allow the Cheese to cook for twenty minutes. With a slotted spoon take the cheese out, be careful as it will be quite soft at this stage. Transfer onto a wire rack and salt quite a bit. Sprinkle with dried mint and fold. Lay a chopping board on top of the cheese for a few minutes. Finish by adding more salt and allow to cool.

If you ate the Halloumi straight away you would find it very rubbery and bland so allow it to age for at least a few days. Remember the longer you leave it the firmer it will be.

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