Easy yogurt cream cheese with chives

chive yogurt cream cheese

I love cream cheese and I love yogurt so it only seemed natural that I make yogurt cream cheese. A long time ago  (back when I used to dig through the couch for change to buy kombucha) I would make my own yogurt to save money and use my home made yogurt to make cream cheese. I remember it being the most amazing cream cheese and I would hide it in the back of the fridge  behind something gross so my roommates wouldn’t eat it.

With kids and dogs and life I have not been making my own yogurt but when I ran out of cream cheese and i wanted a bagel ( right now!)  I remembered my once savvy ways and decided to whip up some of my favorite yogurt cream cheese.  This only takes a  day to make ( less if you are using a thick yogurt like Greek yogurt) and with some herbs it becomes a fancy shmancy party cream cheese!

What you need

  • a mason jar
  • cheese cloth
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • chives
  • salt & pepper to taste and a sprinkle of paprika

How to make it

  • put your yogurt into a single layer of cheese cloth
  • squeeze it gently to drain off  some of the water
  • take the lid off the mason jar  and lay the cheese cloth & yogurt  inside suspending  it about halfway down the jar
  • screw on the jar band  leaving the top open
  • put the jar in the fridge and let the excess water drain off
  • The cream cheese will be soft but you will know it is done when you can form it into a ball with the cheese cloth
  • add chives and spices to taste or eat it plain!
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Almond & flax meal chocolate macaron

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I was having a baked sweet treat craving, I wanted cupcakes or cake or pie or something warm out the oven…and then I realized I used the last of the flour to make baked donuts the other day. I tried eating a spoonful of honey but it didn’t do any good, I needed to bake and I needed to bake now.

Thanks to Google I found one treat I could make without flour, macarons! But, of course I only had a handful of almonds, could this baking misadventure get any worse. Finally I stopped pouting, put on my apron, and got to work. After a bit of experimenting I made these scrumptious almond & flax meal macarons with a yummy chocolate cream cheese filling.

These may not be the most beautiful designer macarons but when something tastes this good, you don’t need perfection. Perfect as a light snack or midnight sugar craving or really any time of the day…do you need an excuse for chocolate?

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1 cup + 4 tbsp of powdered sugar for filling ( make it yourself it’s easy!  sugar + corn starch  in blender voila!)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder + 2 tbsp coco powder for filling
  • 2 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp regular sugar
  • 1/4 c cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp milk

How to make it

cookie

  • Put almonds and flax meal in a blender, blend until fine
  • add powdered sugar  and cocoa ,  blend for a few minutes until nice and fine like flour
  • In a mixer or with a hand blender beat the egg whites until they rise and get fluffy and stiff
  • beat in the regular sugar
  • gently fold in the flour/sugar/cocoa mix
  • fold until there are no egg white streaks
  • put into a pasty bag or zip lock bag
  • pipe the macarons onto  a baking sheet lined in parchment paper, about a tbsp per cookie
  • tap the baking pan to remove bubbles and flatten
  • bake at 300 for for about 15 minutes
  • remove from baking sheet right away so it wont overcook

Filling

  • In a bowl mix together cream cheese, cocoa, milk and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy
  • spread onto a cookie and top with another
  • enjoy!

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