Oh my my, I love cashew cheese. There are a lot of store-bought, processed vegan cheeses out there, and some of them are quite good but few are meant to be eaten without melting first. This Pepperjack recipes is inspired from The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, which I talked about here.
This recipe makes a lot of cheese and could easily be cut in half.
Prepare a loaf pan (9×5 or so) by lightly oiling the bottom and sides.
Blend the cashews in (ideally a Vita-mix) mixer or food processor until totally smooth. Add the lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, onion and garlic powders, and red pepper flakes and mix together until smooth.
Meanwhile measure 1 Tbsp of agar and mix with 3 cups of water. Bring to a full boil and then boil for five minutes, whisking often.
Pour the cashew mixture into agar/water pot and stir together until well combined and smooth. The cheese should come together at this point and clear the sides of the pot.
Immediately fill your prepared loaf pan with the cheese and smooth over the top.
Refrigerate until hard. When ready gently pull cheese away from the sides and flip it out. Cut with a serrated knife. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week. For longer storage tightly wrap the cheese in plastic wrap several times and store in freezer.
Enjoy with crackers or fruit.
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