Our cream cheese recipe will guide you through each step to make your own homemade cream cheese.
You will learn to make your own cream cheese at home to be able to have fresh, creamy cheese to use in a variety of ways!
We have compiled not only a recipe for making your own cream cheese at home but also recipes and ideas to use it!
Keep reading for our guide all about how to make cream cheese at home and wonderfully yummy ways to incorporate it into your cooking and baking!
Cream Cheese Ingredients
- 2 litres cream or half cream/half milk
- 1/8 teaspoon mesophilic starter (I use Chr. Hansens R704)
How To Make Cream Cheese
- Bring cream (or half and half) to room temperature
- Add starter and mix well
- Leave to ripen and set up a curd for 12-16 hours
Curd will not be a firm strong curd like the curd you get when using rennet, but should still be well set up
- Ladle into a fine weave cheese cloth (use 2 layers if necessary) and hang to drain for 12-24 hours
Change the cloth a couple of times or gently turn the curd over to exposure soft curds to the cloth so they drain
- When the cheese has reached your desired consistency spoon it into a bowl and mix in flavouring
- Press cheese into containers and put it in the fridge to set
How To Store Cream Cheese:
Will store for 2 weeks in the fridge
What is Cream Cheese
Cream cheese is a soft cheese with a mild flavor that originated in England as early as 1583.
While family farms throughout the country made cream cheese, it was the varieties in Philadelphia and New York City that gained popularity. Cream cheese began being mass-produced in 1873.
The New York City Jewish community added cream cheese to their cuisine and the “schmear” became a popular accompaniment to bagels, a practice that remains very common today.
How is Cream Cheese Made
Cream cheese is fairly simple to make. (Yay!) You begin with only four ingredients. Cream, milk, acid, and salt!
The acid causes the milk and cream to curdle. The resulting curds are strained and then processed to create a creamy texture. Homemade cream cheese can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator!
Cream Cheese Uses
There are so many different ways to use cream cheese, whether it is cooking, baking, as appetizers, main dishes or desserts! We’ve compiled several different uses for your homemade cream cheese.
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Every home baker needs to have a great cream cheese frosting recipe on hand and Food Network’s Best Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is surely a winner.
How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz unsalted butter (softened)
4 oz cream cheese (softened)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, mix butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer.
- With the electric mixer on low, add one cup of powdered sugar at a time until the frosting is smooth and creamy.
- Beat in vanilla extract.
Cream Cheese Dips
Cream cheese is a very versatile cheese and is wonderful served warm or cold.
Sweet Chili-Cream Cheese Dip
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup sweet chili sauce
- Place cream cheese on a serving dish
- Pour chili sauce over it.
- Serve with crackers of your choice
If you’re not a fan of sweet chili sauce, feel free to substitute any other pepper jellies or fruit preserves. This jelly topped appetizer is always a huge hit at parties and potlucks.
Cream Cheese Spinach Dip
Another party favorite is this spinach and cream cheese dip. It is absolutely delicious and makes a great dip to serve with raw vegetables.
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 oz ranch salad dressing mix (usually one envelope)
9 oz of chopped spinach (thawed and drained if using frozen)
8 oz chopped water chestnuts (drain if using canned)
½ cup chopped red peppers
- In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese with sour cream and ranch dressing mix.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients.
- Refrigerate at least 3 hours.
Create Your Own Dip
Having a recipe to follow is great, but it’s also nice to have a base recipe that you can change up and make your own! Try a yummy, hot, baked cheese dip to create your own dips.
Begin with a block of cream cheese. Add a few spoonfuls of sour cream or mayo to thin the cream cheese. Beat with a wooden spoon until it is easy to stir, adding a bit more sour cream or mayo as needed.
Add lemon juice, hot sauce, mustard for flavor and to help thin out the cream cheese base.
Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper and then spices to your liking! Spices such as Old Bay, garlic, ranch dressing mix, dill and more. Citrus zest is also a great way to add a lot of flavor as well!
Next add about of cup of grated melty cheese such as mozzarella, cheddar, gruyere. You can add less melty cheese as well, but make sure to combine with melty cheese for smoothness.
Finally, choose optional add-ins if you’d like! Chopped bell peppers, onions or fresh herbs add great flavor. Frozen spinach and artichoke hearts as also wonderful. Cooked crab, crumbled bacon and sausage are great if you’d like something a little meaty.
Throw all of that in a baking dish and into a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 15 to 30 minutes.
Cream Cheese Desserts
Cream cheese is used in many desserts. From pies to cakes to cookies, the possibilities are endless.
Perhaps the most obvious and well-known dessert recipe for cream cheese is cheesecake. The classic cheesecake is simple, yet rich, smooth and creamy with a crispy graham cracker crust. It can be enjoyed alone or topped with fresh fruit or a chocolate or berry sauce.
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp sugar
½ cup melted butter or margarine
32 oz. softened cream cheese
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- Combine graham cracker crumbs, 3 tbsp sugar and melted butter (or margarine)
- Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan
- With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla extract until blended.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until just blended (after each egg)
- Pour over crust
- Bake 55 min or until center is almost set.
- Run a knife around rim of pan to loosen.
- Let cool and then remove rim.
- Refrigerate 4 hours.
Other Exciting Uses for Cream Cheese
Add cream cheese to brownie batter to create rich and beautiful swirls to fudgy dense chocolate!
Have you ever thought of adding cream cheese to mashed potatoes? Well–
Try a dollop of cream cheese on the top of the batter in your filled muffin tin. It will sink into the middle for a creamy, delicious surprise!
Cheeseballs are great party foods!
Glazes for topping cinnamon rolls, cakes, and more!
Grilled cheese sandwiches!
Cream Cheese Nutrition
Per 1 oz (28 gm)
Carbohydrates 1.9 g
Total Fat 8.4 g
Protein 1.9 g
Vitamin A 373 IU
Calcium 37.3 mg
Sodium 121 mg
Nutrition data found here.
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