Fromage Blanc Recipe
Fromage Blanc is a wonderfully creamy cheese that may be used in place of cream cheese in any recipe. I love to use this in both Couer a la Creme and Cheesecake. It has a smooth consistancy and only takes a few minutes of work to make it. I like to make this cheese at night and drain it first thing in the morning. This way it is ready to use for my guests when they arrive for lunch or dinner.
(You may use from 1 to 4 quarts of milk
depending on how much cheese you wish to make each
quart of milk will produce about 10 ounces of cheese.)
Heat your milk on the stove to 86 degrees F. and add the starter. Fromage Blanc Culture to the milk. Stir thoroughly. Cover and allow the milk to set at app. 72 degrees F. for 8-12 hours or until the milk has set into a thick custard-like mass which is called the curd.
When the cheese has set into a solid curd, ladle it into a fine cheesecloth lined colandar. If no ladle is available, gently spoon the curd into the cloth lined colander. Take two corners of the cloth in each hand and tie them in a knot. Hang the bag of up from this knot over the sink or a bowl. (a bungie cord on a hook is a great hanger for this) Allow the curds to drain for 4-6 hours or until the desired consistency is reached. Consistency will range from a cheese spread to a cream cheese. The bag of cheesecloth may have to be scraped on the inside with a spoon every now and then to assist with drainage as the pores of the cloth may become clogged.
Once the cheese is properly drained, it is placed in a
bowl. Salt and herbs may be added to taste. The cheese is
then refrigerated until ready for use. It will keep up
to two weeks under refrigeration. If desired, the
fresh cheese may be frozen.
If freezing-first thaw the cheese out and then add salt and herbs to taste, as salt will lower the freezing temoperature and the cheese will not keep as long.
Here is a varieation on the theme from a customer who once lived in France.
Hello, I was an exchange student many years ago in France when I first
came across Fromage Blanc. It was served to me as a desert sweetened
with either sugar or confiture, fresh fruit preserves. I fell in
love with this delicious dish.
It has been over 8 years since I have been to France. I have never
forgotten Fromage Blanc.
This past summer I had the opportunity to visit the family I spent
nearly 2 years living with in the tiny countryside village of Etrochon
St. Romans Les Melle 4 hours south west of Paris.
While there I once again found my favorite desert, Le Fromage Blanc.
When I returned home from my visit, I vowed to find away to enjoy this
delicious treat here in the states. I was so discouraged that it just
did not exist. Plain yogurt just did not cut it for me, it was not the
I came across an article online that explained how yes indeed, Fromage
Blanc could be made in the home with ingredients found here in the
I was ecstatic. I came across your website and immediately ordered the
key ingredient, the rennet & starter bacteria mixture used to create
As silly as this sounds, cheese can create so much excitement for one
person, I was elated with my very own creation made by myself! I have
since made at least 1 batch a week and my friends now call me the web
designer and computer builder who makes cheese for fun!
I have attached a slight variation to your recipe. Your recipe was
great, but just not quite the same as what I was used to. Different
regions of France produce different types of fromage blanc. For a
dessert, this recipe below works great. This week I had my friends
from France visiting me and in spite of their skepticism, when they
tasted it, could not believe how authentic it was! So I have attached
my recipe for you folks if you would like to include it as a variation
for those who love these treat as a dessert.
Thank you for bringing my beloved country of France where I spent 2
years of my life home to the States.
James B. Ryer
FROMAGE BLANC, Dessert Style as found in the region of Poitou Charentes
Heat 1 gal. pasteurized milk to 74-86 degrees F. Add and mix 1 packet of
Fromage Blanc (C20).
Let set at room temperature for exactly 18 hours.
Pour mixture into butter muslin lined colander. (I found a great 8 quart
pot with a steamer insert at Walmart that works great for draining the
Place the draining assembly in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours max!
(cover the colander.) I found draining longer made a cheese more like
cream cheese, great for seafood sauces and cakes.
If using a smaller
pot to drain the curds, you may have to frequently empty the bottom
portion of the assembly, hence why I found a nice large stock pot with
the colander (steamer basket) placed on top lined with the butter muslin
After 3-4 hours discard (or store the whey that was drained off).
draining process is now complete.
Scoop the mixture from the butter
muslin into a plastic container and whip with egg beater for approx. 2-3
Mixture will be runny like yogurt, mixing with the beater
makes it smooth and creamy.
In France the dessert style is often sold
as Fromage Blanc Battu (whipped fromage blanc).
Refrigerate until well chilled.
Serve topped with pure cane sugar, (not
that processed refined white junk) or strawberry, cherry, or your
favorite jelly, sweetened to taste. (PS grape doesn't taste that great.)