I don’t know many people who don’t love cheese, though perhaps not many who love it as much as I do!
The obvious step for keen cooks who also love cheese is to try and make it at home.
To that end, Pete and I recently attended a fantastic cheesemaking class by Wildes Cheese, and Pete has recently reviewed Paul Thomas’ book Home-Made Cheese: Artisan Cheesemaking Made Simple. If you are or know a cheese lover, do check out both posts!
In the meantime, here’s Paul Thomas’ recipe for Halloumi-style cheese, which is the first recipe Pete tried from the book.
Pete’s homemade halloumi cheese
- 11.4 l whole milk
- 0.4 units thermophilic starter culture – STB-01 / STAM-3 or similar
- 3 ml rennet of 1:10000 strength
- 3-4 % w/w salt
- 2 tsp dried mint
When Pete made this recipe, he left out the starter culture completely, as the cheese is a fresh one that doesn’t need to be aged. He also scaled down to use just one litre of milk, instead of 11.4 litres and left out the mint too!
Pour the milk into the pan and gently heat it to 34C. stirring continuously with a wooden or metal spoon.
Weight out and add the starter, if using pasteurized milk, and stir it in briefly.
Remove from the heat. Measure the rennet and stir for 1 minute, then leave for 45 minutes. The first signs of coagulation should be seen after 15 minutes, but leave the curd for 30 minutes more.
Cut the curd 45 minutes after renneting. Using a knife, make several parallel cuts spaces 2cm apart. Make a second series of cuts of the same spacing but at 90 degrees to the first.
To perform the final cut, start stirring gently with a balloon whisk, breaking the columns of curd down as evenly as is possible to around 1cm cubes.
Raise the temperature to 40C over the course of about half an hour, stirring gently to keep the curds moving.
Check the temperature of the curds frequently during this time. They should start to firm up and, if the stirring carried out carefully, the whey should remain a greenish-yellow colour. Do not discard the whey at this point – it will be used to scald the blocks of curd.
Cease stirring; the curd should sink to the bottom of the pan.
Line a sieve with cheesecloth, place it over a second pan and strain the curd and why through it.
Gather up three corners of the cloth and tie the fourth one once around them, in a ‘Stilton Knot’.
Press the bag of curd between two boards with a weight placed on top and leave to drain in a tray for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the whey. Heat the pan of whey up to 90C. Whey proteins will rise to the surface, forming anari – a ricotta-type cheese that may be skimmed off, moulded and draining in much the same way.
Once the curds have stopped rising, the whey is ready to use.
Rehydrate and sterilize the dried mint by steeping it in a cup of the hot whey for 5 minutes. Strain off the liquid and set aside the rehydrated mint.
Untie the Stilton Knot and remove the cloth from the parcel of draining curd.
Using a sharp knife, cut the block into sections 2-3cm thick and immerse them in the hot whey for half and hour. The curd blocks should become firmer, taking on the texture of cooked chicken breast fillet and should rise to the surface of the whey.
Carefully remove the blocks from the whey using a slotted spoon.
Weigh the cheese and calculate how much salt is required, then rub this on the surfaces of the cheeses.
Sprinkle some of the reserved rehydrated mint on the face of each cheese block, then fold them in half to secure the seam of mint running through the cores.
Transfer the cheeses to a small lidded container and leave them to cool in the refrigerator overnight. The halloumi can be enjoyed immediately or should be stored in a refrigerator in a lidded contained and used within a week.
To prepare the halloumi for the table, slice the cheese perpendicular to the seam of mint and grill, broil or pan-fry for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Serve with some fresh lemon juice to squeeze over, if you like.
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Kavey Eats received a review copy of Home-Made Cheese: Artisan Cheesemaking Made Simple by Paul Thomas (RRP £14.99) from publisher Lorenz Books.
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I tried making halloumi from a kit I was sent, in fact I’ve made it several times. I found the whole cheese making process fascinating, the only trouble is it’s impossible to make small quantities and even for cheese monsters like us, we ended up getting bored with halloumi after eating practically nothing else for a week! But I’m very glad I tried it, I understand much better what goes into the cheeses I buy now (and what, when I read the labels, ought not to be there!)
Pete made the small quantity shown in the photo – that was the total amount he made! 🙂
Homemade cheese! This looks fabulous! I have made ricotta (which is so easy), ready to take this recipe on!
Definitely give it a go, check our notes of our changes, and enjoy the halloumi-style cheese!
When I saw the title, I thought you were just frying the halloumi — but no — you’re going all out and MAKING CHEESE! Wow! I bow to you Obi Wan!
Hell yes, home made cheese for the win! But all bowing must be to Pete not me, as he did the making!!
So nice to see a cheese recipe with just 1 litre of milk!!! And a surprisingly good amount of cheese! We eat so much halloumi I need to give this a go!
Yeah, Pete wasn’t sure how well it would scale down but it worked perfectly!
How fun to make cheese at home. My mom used to do it when I was little. I’m going to have to give it a go! Thanks for the recipe.
My mum used to make paneer when we were kids, which is not dissimilar!
I didn’t know we could make haloumi at home! Fabulous!
Brilliant, isn’t it?
Looks superb, clever Pete. Bring some over next time Pete makes some 🙂
I love Halloumi cheese and I have a cheesemaking kit at home – I was thinking about giving it a go with Burrata or Mozzarella, but this sounds even better.
Oooh all sound marvellous to me. I think Pete’s going to do mozzarella next.
For 11.4 lites of milk, how would you scale down the rennet? [asks the complete math dunderhead]
Unless I just make a LOT of halloumi…hmmm…
It looks utterly gorgeous!
He used just a drop or two… 3 ml is just over half a teaspoon so dividing it exactly by 11 is impossible but it turned out ok on his estimate, even though was probably a touch over if anything!!
Thanks love! But….lots of halloumi….[strokes chin]
I love the freshness of halloumi cheese – have you ever had it with chilli? That squeeky noise it makes when you eat it always makes me chuckle!
I’m not a fan of chilli so I haven’t but yes love the squeakiness!
I LOVE the idea of making my own Halloumi (Squeaky cheese is awesome) but it sounds really complicated and I fear failure/
Worth one try though right? ?
(We’ve found the recipes that try and simplify too much just don’t work!)
Wow! My husband loves Halloumi- and this looks easy.
Hope you enjoy having a go!
Your photographs have my mouth watering! My husband bought me a cheese making kit for Christmas which I’m going to try out soon. I need to make cheese curds for poutine for Canada Day! 😀
Oh yes, well halloumi reminds me a lot of those curds, as they are fabulously squeaky too!!
I’ve never made cheese, need to give it a try I think. Your pictures of the halloumi look yummy
It really was delicious!
Wow! Homemade cheese! That looks amazing!!
It was good!
Such a great idea to try and make homemade cheese. Although I’m a huge cheese fan I never tried making my own cheese. I might just do it. This sounds so easy. And looks delicious!
Yeah it was really really really good!
Four words …
Get in my belly!
If I made 11 litres worth of halloumi I would never leave the house for gorging on it!
Yeah, why Pete scaled it down but I’ve told him not to scale it down quite as much next time!
It never would have even occurred to me to try making cheese at home. Perhaps a dumb question but…. can you taste the difference?
It’s much like good quality cheese made in traditional ways rather than the cheapest large producer where they sacrifice taste of texture for price. If you buy good quality cheese, then it’s similar. Of course you can adjust saltiness etc yourself and control sourcing of ingredients.
I can just imagine the amount of cheese if you used eleven litres of milk! Pete’s batch looks just the right amount so you don’t get too bored of it. Excellent results. Would love to try this one day!
Yeah would be quite a bit, I’ll ask him to make a third or so of the full amount next time I think!
We’re big on halloumi cheese around here! So yummy! Thanks for a great post.
Oooh! It sounds like it’s totally worth it – I’ve never made my own cheese, but it looks delish!
I knew you could make your own mozzarella and ricotta, but I didn’t know you could make Halloumi at home. I love this idea. And, you’re right, everyone loves cheese! I’ll have to try this. I had store-bought Halloumi once, and loved the salty flavor!
There’s something magical about squeaky cheese!
I do love halloumi and yours looks wonderful. Do you know if you can get veggie rennet for homemade cheese?
I’m pretty sure you can buy this Inn the supermarkets, certainly in ones here, if not it’s definitely available online. ❤️
We eat a lot of halloumi in the summer, so now I really want to try and make it too! Great post Kavey!
This is so good, I love halloumi so much, I’ll have to give this a try
Me too, and homemade is lovely!