How To Make Yoghurt Cheese – Labna

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Labna is a fresh creamy cheese made from strained yoghurt and possibly one of the easiest most delicious cheeses you can make at home. I love to make this cheese regularly and use it instead of traditional cream style cheeses. Perfect to spread over rye or gluten free bread or served along side Mezze boards and vegetable based dishes such as my roasted carrot. It’s also a lovely whole food and nutritious cheese that can be made into the most glorious cheesecakes or used as frosting for carrot cake when mixed with honey, vanilla and a little lemon.

What’s great about it:
Labna is a live yoghurt cheese, packed with probiotics ! Probiotics are the good bacteria that reside in the gut. Probiotics support our immune system, aid digestion and assist with nutrient absorption into our bloodstream. Labna is also rich in protein that has a stabilising effect on blood sugar. Increasing your protein intake can boost energy levels, reduce mood swings, improve sleep, and sharpen brain function.

Ingredients + equipment

1 litre thick plain yoghurt with live active cultures
Sieve lined with muslin or cheese cloth
1 bowl
Glass storage jars
Cold Pressed Olive Oil

Sit the strainer over a deep bowl and line it with muslin.
Pour  the yoghurt into the strainer.
Bring the muslin together into a bundle and secure the yoghurt.
Place the bowl into the fridge overnight for 12 – 24 hours or until the whey has drained from the yoghurt.
The next day remove the strained yoghurt, and disguard the liquid.
Rub a little oil on your hands and roll spoonfuls of the labna into small balls.
Place balls onto a plate whist you finish making the rest.
Store labna balls in a glass jar and pour over olive oil.
Labna will keep for 1 week in the fridge.

Notes + Inspiration
For savoury dishes you can roll in freshly chopped herbs (parsley + mint) or roll in spiced dukkah.
For sweet whipped toppings for cakes, beat natural dukkah with honey, lemon and a little vanilla bean then spread over cakes such as carrot cake, muffins or cupcakes.

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6 Responses to “How To Make Yoghurt Cheese – Labna”
  1. Sandra says:

    Hi, lovely recipe thanks. Should the straining stage be done in the fridge or at room temp?
    Many thanks

  2. Angela says:

    How do you know if the yoghurt has live active cultures. Is there a particular brand which has this. I always use plain Sheeps Yoghurt.

  3. Thank you for sharing, labne is one of my favourite cheese of all time – mostly because it is so easy to make at home! I’m going to have to try it with dukka as a cake frosting, that sounds amazing :)

  4. Natalie says:

    Lovely recipe thanks Teresa. I’ve made this a couple of times & have kept the whey to make mayonnaise, a fig spread & I know a few other recipes. It can be quite useful in fermenting vegies too.

    • Veronica says:

      Hi Natalie,

      I would love your recipe on mayonnaise and fig spread! Sounds advanced but really interesting. Please share! :)


  5. Andree Kline says:

    Such a wonderful cheese to make. Add some good sea salt to the mix and herbs from the garden for a truly special spread, also garlic for a boost in flavour. Full cream milk is preferred of any kind.

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