Easy Vegan Parmesan Cheese made with a handful of ingredients in only 5 minutes. This hard cheese has a rich, savoury/sweet, nutty, flavour and a slightly salty edge. It can be grated, shaved, sliced and crumbled!
PREP TIME: 5 minutesminutes
COOK TIME: 0 minutesminutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutesminutes
Servings: 8(Makes one 4 inch wheel)
1 cup (100grams)almond flour, or ground almonds (or ¾ cup (100 grams) of raw almonds with no skin processed to a flour-like consistency)
Add everything to a food processor and process until the mixture becomes a clumpy, damp, slightly grainy dough. This should only take a minute or two. Scrape down as necessary to make sure everything gets combined. It should hold together well if you squeeze the mixture in your hand. There is a photograph in the post showing what it looks like.
Remove the blade and tip the mixture out onto a clean counter. Bring it all together into a rough ball then shape into a wheel/round about 4 inches wide and 1 inch high. Be sure to compact it really well while doing this.
If any cracks appear around the edge, wet a finger under the tap and rub/squeeze the crack to bring it together and neaten it up.
Place the wheel on a piece of parchment paper on a small plate in the fridge. Don't cover it with anything so it can dry out a bit. Let it set ideally overnight or for up to 48 hours. This lets it dry out and allows the flavours to develop. If you need to rush it, place the cheese carefully, on the parchment paper, in the freezer. After about 30 minutes you should be able to grate or shave it.
Once it's nicely solid, transfer to an airtight container (or wrap it well), and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 3 months. It can be used (grated/shaved) while still frozen. Make sure the cheese is well chilled before crumbling or grating. If you accidentally leave it out of the fridge for too long and it gets a bit soft, simply pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so. For nice clean shavings, it is better for the cheese to be frozen.