Labneh is traditionally a Middle Eastern cheese (made from hung yoghurt). It’s simple to make and lends itself so well to Australian native flavours. It does need to hang for 3 days so give yourself enough lead time if making to impress at a party.
- 1 litre Natural yoghurt, full fat.
- 2 TSP Salt flakes
- ½ TBSP Icing sugar
- 4 TBSP Toasted sesame seeds
- 1 TSP Saltbush
- 1 TSP Mountain Pepper
- 1 TSP Aniseed Myrtle
- Oil for storage
YOU WILL NEED 2 new chux cloths (or muslin), string, a large container that will fit in your fridge (like a soup pot), a large spoon or ruler.
- Mix the yoghurt, salt and sugar in a bowl.
- In a large bowl lay out your chux cloths laying one over the other to form a cross.
- Tip your yoghurt mix in and pull the cloths ends up and tie with string – to make a pouch (you may need a helper for this). Tie the pouch to the large spoon. Rest the spoon over your large container so the labneh hangs freely.
- Store in your fridge for 3 days.
- Mix sesame seeds and spices together in a small bowl. Take your container out of the fridge, tip the liquid out, cut the string and unwrap your labneh pouch.
- Using your hands take small bundles of labneh and roll into balls.
- Roll each ball through the spice mix to lightly coat it.
- I like to store my labneh in oil, it will last a good few weeks. Place balls in a take away container and cover with oil (just like feta), use a light flavoured oil.
Serve up in a dish with crackers and quandong jam, the people will go nuts over it.