I really envy people living in the US. Most of the cake-decorating items, types of cheese etc are available everywhere and they aren't as expensive as they are in India! The other day I went looking for Cream Cheese to make my very first Cheesecake. After looking for it in almost 20 shops, I finally came across tiny packets (50 ml) priced at 125 RUPEES!! Imagine my horror! I certainly needed at least 5 packets of the cheese to make one tiny cheesecake. I decided that if I had to spend 625 bucks on one ingredient, I was better off not eating it...
I read about it in Wiki and also looked for a closely related recipe. That is when I came across this simple recipe to make cream cheese. It is very similar to cottage cheese (paneer) making. But it is soft & mild-tasting and proved to be excellent in my cheesecake! ☺
Let's make cream cheese.....
Ingredients (makes about 100-150 ml cream cheese)
Milk - 500 ml (1/2 liter)
*Citric Acid Crystals - 1/2 teaspoon
*1/4 cup warm water
If you don't have citric acid crystals, just use 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice. (If using lemon juice, you don't require warm water)
Bring the milk to boil in a thick bottomed pan
☺ ☻ Store it in the refrigerator. Ideally, use it within a day. This is also yummy as a dip for vegetable dumplings, kebabs, patties etc...
To get a fat free version of this cream cheese which can be relished without guilt by everyone, including people having diabetes or cholesterol, use LOW FAT or SKIMMED MILK instead of the regular milk.
Now you have no excuse to make a Cheesecake, do you?! :-D ☻