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A Camembert is a delicious cheese that as it ages, it melts and develops a stronger and more complex flavour.
If you look for a recipe elsewhere, all cashew camembert variations are hard and dry, because they lack the techniques that allow the cashew protein to break down during fermentation.
Our Cashewbert recipe is not like that. It is a vegan cheese that will melt as it ages (not as much as dairy, though). We have been working with vegan cheese recipes for many years, to perfect them and most importantly to understand the science behind it and how to make it better.
We are not only an online shop for ingredients, we research and develop, we want to make the best vegan cheese available, and not only that, we want YOU to make the best vegan cheese too.
That’s the spirit of Cashewbert.
Cashewbert - New recipe, extra creamy
For the full recipe and many others, download our Cashewbert Guide for only €2,50: books.cashewbert.com
Cashewbert - old recipe, not as creamy but easier to make
• 300g cashews, do not soak
• 330g water
• 1/8 tsp mesophilic cultures
• 1/8 tsp traditional penicillium candidum powder
• 1/2 tsp Vzyme
• 2 tsp fine sea salt
• High-speed blender
• 2 Cheese forms
• 2 Cheese cloths and 2 cheese mats
• Ripening container or ripening wrap
• Camembert paper
Step 1 - Make the cheese
Pour hot water over the dry cashews and let it drain off to pasteurise it (optional).
Place the cashews with the water in the blender, blend using the nut butter function of your blender (or its highest speed) for one to two minutes, until completely smooth.
Let the mixture to cool down to 20oC and 25oC. Sprinkle the cultures and the Vzyme over the cashew mix and blend it for few seconds.
Pour the mix in a bowl, cover and let it rest at room temperature for 4 hours.
Step 2 - Prepare the equipments
Prepare two cheese cloths and two cheese forms and a spoon. Pour boiling water over it and let it cool down.
Twist the excess of water out of the cheese cloth but still keeping it moist.
Lay the moist cloth over the cheese form.
Step 3 - Form the cheese
Divide the mix into the two cheese cloths. Cover the top with the end of the cheese cloth and press gently with your fingers to flatten it.
If you have a press lid, place it over the cloth, pressing it gently to make it smoother.
Bring the forms to the refrigerator and leave it for 12 hours.
Next day, remove the cheese from the cloth over a cheese mat. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of salt on top of the cheese, flip it and sprinkle another 1/2 tsp of salt.
Leave it at room temperature for 1 hour to dry, flipping the cheese after 30 minutes.
Place the cheese in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours.
Step 4 - Let the mould to grow
The cheese is now dry enough, make sure there are no hard spots from excessive drying. Remove the hard piece, if any.
Place the cheese in the ripening container or wrap it loosely in ripening wrap.
Place it in the refrigerator between 7°C and 12°C (44F to 53F) .
Every two to three days, check the cheese for moisture, drying any spots with a paper towel, wrapping it again or placing it in the ripening container.
Step 5 - Allow flavours to develop
When the mould has completely covered the cheese, it’s time to wrap it in camembert paper and place the cheese at a lower temperature to slow down the mould growth.
Remove the cheese from the container or ripening wrap.
Pat it dry with a paper towel to make sure there is no moisture.
Wrap in the camembert paper and place the cheese in the refrigerator between 2°C to 4°C (35F to 39F) for about 1 week for a good flavour, or for 2 to 3 weeks for a stronger flavour.
After cutting the cheese, consume within 14 days.