Home Baking- Baked Almond Feta Cheese

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Yesterday we held a pot luck party with some friends and I decided to whip up a cheese platter for everyone to share. The star of the dish was baked almond feta cheese which took me more than a day to create. Sadly the texture was far from what I hoped for as Hubby Ro froze my almonds instead of soaking them the night before I created this dish.

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Baked Almond Feta:
145g ground almonds (about 1 1/2 cups)
60ml lemon juice (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup water (4 fl oz)
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 tsp salt

Simply place everything there in a blender and blitz until super creamy and smooth. Mine took only a few minutes. Stop and scrape down if need be. (Mine took longer and I added more water to get the creamy watery texture.)

Now line a small bowl with 3 layers of cheesecloth (I used the coffee cloth bag I did with our home made almond milk)

Spoon the mixture into the cheesecloth:

Now bring all the sides of the cheesecloth together and tie into a ball, I just use a rubber band. Then place the ball in a strainer and place over a bowl:

Now just place it all in the fridge for about 12 hours. I have made this in the morning and baked it off in the evening or I just leave it overnight and bake it off the next day. After the 12 hours there will be a bit of liquid that has drained off:

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Preheat the oven to 180C and unwrap the cheese from the cloth:

…and transfer to the greased baking dish or a lined baking sheet smooth side up:

Bake for about 40 minutes or until slightly golden and cracked on top and firm to the touch:

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We served it with some home made baguette! (I made them again and this time round it was a success) The flavours and texture was yummy and we hoped our guests loved it as much as we did! We also added some green seedless grapes, dates, argan oil, argan peanuts, homemade blueberry jam and some olives as accompaniments to our platter.

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