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Homemade Labneh With Roasted Fruit, Walnuts And A Honey Thyme Drizzle

Labneh

Labneh

I love a challenge and when I heard that Chobani was asking home cooks to develop recipes for their “Made With Chobani” challenge I was inspired to create a recipe for them. I am a big fan of yogurt, I eat it every day and I am also a big fan of Chobani, it’s thick and creamy and delicious. I want you to know that I am NOT being compensated in any way for this, I am simply doing what I love to do, cook and meet a challenge and the opinion is completely my own. 

They said the recipe can be a meal, appetizer or dessert. I used Chobani plain yogurt (4% milk fat) to make a healthful dessert that is not just delicious but it would make a lovely light dessert for the holidays. I adapted a recipe for homemade Labneh from one I found on Food52, roasted some seasonal pears and some grapes, toasted some walnuts, drizzled all of this with a simple honey thyme syrup and garnished with pomegranate arils.

What is Labneh, well it’s very simple, it’s yogurt cheese. When I say simple I really mean it, all you need is a good quality yogurt, like the Chobani yogurt I used, some lemon juice and a pinch of salt. No cooking required you only need to mix the lemon juice and salt with the yogurt and strain through a piece of cheese cloth or muslin. Labneh can be used with either a savory or sweet dish. for a savory use of Labneh drizzle with some olive oil, sprinkle some sea salt, dukkah, zaatar, herbs whatever you like.  I used whole milk yogurt in my dish, it’s a bit of an indulgence for my Holiday Table but this cheese can be made with low fat or even “Zero” fat yogurt with the same creamy delicious results.

Labneh after 12 hours draining

Labneh after 12 hours draining

Homemade Labneh

Serves 6-8

12 Oz Plain 2% or 4% Fat Greek Yogurt

1/2 – 1  tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

pinch of sea salt

Mix yogurt, lemon juice and salt thoroughly. Place strainer over a bowl and drape with cheese cloth, place yogurt mixture into the cheese cloth and fold over so the yogurt is covered. Refrigerate 12-24 hours. At 12 hours the labneh will be somewhat firm and spreadable and at 24 hours it will be even thicker. It’s wonderful either way.

Roasted Fruit

Roasted Fruit

Fruit and Walnuts

4 ripe pears peeled, cut in half and cored ( I used bosc)

1 small bunch red seedless grapes (removed from stem) approximately 2 cups

1 tbs butter

2 tbs organic  sugar

1 1/2 cup walnuts

Pomegranate arils for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degree’s. Butter a rectangular baking dish and place pears and grapes in the dish. Sprinkle with the sugar and bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes, the fruit should be tender. Remove from oven. Place walnuts on baking sheet and toast in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes approximately, you will know they are done when you can smell the walnuts be careful and watch the nuts they can burn quickly.

Honey Thyme Drizzle

1/4 cup honey of your choice

1/3 cup juice from cooked fruit

2 sprigs thyme

pinch of sea salt

Add the honey, juice and thyme sprigs to a small saucepan and simmer gently for 15 minutes, remove thyme sprig and remove from heat. If your fruit does not give off 1/4 cup of juice substitute another type of juice or water . You will need approximately 1/2 cup of the syrup.

A bowl of goodness

A bowl of goodness

To Serve:

You can set out on a platter or serve on individual plates. A slab of labneh surrounded by the roasted fruit, toasted nuts and drizzled with the honey thyme syrup, scatter some pomegranate arils over the fruit before serving.

Light, festive and delicious

Light, festive and delicious

 

 

 

125 Comments Post a comment
  1. Suzanne, this is fabulous! Love what you did with the fruit!

    December 2, 2014
  2. skd #

    Wow! Suzanne, they called the right person. that’s very ingenious of you 🙂

    December 2, 2014
  3. I have never done anything like this but it is an amazing technique! Thank you for sharing Suzanne. I love Chobani too so this is perfect for me.

    December 2, 2014
    • Thanks Julie, you should submit a recipe to the Made With Chobani challenge. It’s my favorite yogurt, have been eating it for years.

      December 2, 2014
  4. Lovely! I love making labneh and your fruit looks lovely too xx

    December 2, 2014
  5. This looks amazing! I would definitely love to give this a try 😀

    December 2, 2014
  6. I’d never heard of labneh before – it sounds delicious. I also eat a lot of yoghurt so I’m sure I’d love this. I also love love the look of your fruit…

    December 2, 2014
    • You would love it, it’s so easy to make and is great with fruit or as a savory dish. I love labneh with roasted vegetables, drizzled with olive oil. YUM. Thanks so much.

      December 2, 2014
  7. Suzanne, you always impress me — but this time i’m utterly stunned. Mind blowing bodacious deliciousness! And that’s my brand of yogurt too. 😀

    December 2, 2014
    • Teagan thank you, it’s wonderful. It is fabulous for a wine and cheese event spread on crackers or bread. So delicious. Thanks so much..

      December 2, 2014
  8. Looks delicious as always! Good luck!

    December 2, 2014
  9. Yummy Yum Yum Suzanne!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!! Cheers friend!! 🙂

    December 2, 2014
    • Thank you so much, yes had a great Thanksgiving and I hope you did as well!

      December 2, 2014
  10. Looks wonderful Suzanne. I have never heard of yogurt cheese before but it looks so amazing and creamy and thick. I bet it has a great tang to it. But that thyme syrup sounds amazing! I love, love thyme and use it all the time in savory but never tried it with sweet. I still have left

    December 2, 2014
  11. My ohone hit send too soon, anyways I still have leftover thyme from thanksgiving and will try to use it in a sweet way!

    December 2, 2014
    • Very tangy, it’s delicious. I used whole milk yogurt so it was very creamy and delicious. The thyme with the honey and fruit juices was wonderful on that tangy yogurt and the toasted nuts gave it a wonderful contrast in texture and flavor. Thanks Brandi!

      December 2, 2014
  12. I think I will try it this recipe. This sounds really good! I alway buy Greek yogurt, so I think it should work:)

    December 2, 2014
  13. Yum! Very creative idea. I love that you are always after a cooking challenge 🙂

    December 2, 2014
    • I love a challenge whether its cooking or work it’s what keeps me thinking, Thank you so much.

      December 2, 2014
  14. I had no idea what Labneh was until today (though I have eaten yogurt cheese!)…thanks for the education, Suzanne! It seems almost too simple to create such deliciousness… thanks for sharing your recipe!

    December 2, 2014
    • It is so simple Nancy it’s almost ridiculous. Talk about no muss no fuss this is it and the results are amazing. Thank you so much.

      December 2, 2014
  15. This is fabulous Suzanne! What a wonderful combination of flavours too. Have you had any feedback from Chobani? I feel quite excited for you! Over on Instagram, I follow a chap in Tyrol , Austria. He posts such gorgeous photos of the landscape but from time to time he posts the occasional food shot. Today he posted – you guessed it – labneh! He doesn’t add lemon though but this could be because of the quality of the dairy there…I will have to tell him about your post!

    December 2, 2014
    • Thanks so much Selma, thats such a coincidence. Must be National Labneh day or something. I think the lemon gives it even more tang and it may do something to bring it together, would love to see his photos. As you can see it holds its shape beautifully and is quite stunning to look at.

      December 2, 2014
      • It does hold it’s shape and is completely gorgeous looking. Are you on insta? Even if you are not, go to the site and search for dermanharter. His photos will want to make you move to Austria!

        December 2, 2014
      • Yes I am on instagram I will check him out. thank you.

        December 2, 2014
  16. I love that your passion for food comes across so strongly in all that you write and I love that I learn about foods that I wasn’t aware of previously from reading your blog. Yes, I had never heard of labneh. The labneh with the roast fruits and honey thyme syrup looks delicious. 😉

    December 2, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I do love food, eating, preparing, shopping for. Always have and probably always will.

      December 2, 2014
  17. I’ve never heard of Labneh before. How simple! Stunning dish 🙂

    December 2, 2014
  18. Suzanne, this is a fantastic recipe! I really need to get back cracking harder on my blog and visiting you and others more…definitely YOU more.

    December 2, 2014
  19. Liz #

    Can I just say, you are brilliant! Have just started seeing mention of labneh in various places so it’s definitely going to be trending. And you were here first! Great how you think through these things.

    December 2, 2014
    • Thanks so much Liz, its really such a simple recipe but so so delicious. Worth making for sure.

      December 2, 2014
  20. Give me a moment while I pick up my lip off the floor because I wish I had that on my plate right about now lol.

    December 2, 2014
    • Thank you, it really is so nice. The different flavors and textures. It’s a wonderful dessert.

      December 2, 2014
  21. Even though I’d heard of labneh I didn’t know what it was! I’ve been making home-made buttermilk for my muffins (another batch earlier) and what surprised me was that there’s no difference between UHT long-life semi-skimmed milk and whole organic. Well, with the muffins themselves. I thought the extra fat would give a better rise. Nope! Still delicious. Of course, I’m now intrigued about this labneh.

    December 2, 2014
    • How are you making the buttermilk just vinegar or lemon and milk? Buttermilk in muffins is the best. Thanks so much Johnny.

      December 2, 2014
      • Just lemon. Half a lemon to 100ml of milk. I’ve tried leaving it to see if it would thicken but that didn’t happen. It just helps to give much more overall flavour to the muffins. Can’t stop eating them! Oops, that means another one just before bed. Hahaha, I’ll blame you for that one.

        December 2, 2014
      • Ha, wish you could send it my way, I will be looking for the recipe so I can make them too !

        December 2, 2014
  22. Suzanne, this sounds absolutely divine!!

    December 2, 2014
  23. So lebneh is a kind of paneer, am I wrong? Made yogurt sounds very interesting. This dish is very elegant Suzanne, you have such a great talent!

    December 2, 2014
    • Yes, labneh is similar but not as firm. It’s not cooked like Paneer is. This is the simplest of methods to produce a lovely tangy cheese. You are so sweet, thank you so much for your kind words.

      December 2, 2014
      • I see…paneer is similar to ricotta. I’m going to try it as soon as possible! You deserve my words Suzanne!

        December 2, 2014
      • Thank you so much. I wanted my labneh as firm as possible I actually let it sit in the refrigerator in the cheese cloth draining for more than 24 hours it was closer to 32 hours.and I was really happy with the results when I plated the cheese it was a lovely perfectly cylindrical cheese that was creamy but could still be cut with a knife. I hope you like it if you try. Thank you again.

        December 2, 2014
  24. How exciting, Suz! I’m thrilled for you and also, your dish looks marvelous! Scrumptious! Right up my alley!!

    December 2, 2014
    • Welcome back from Italy, I have followed your trip and it sounded like you had a heavenly time. Thank you so much, this dessert is so simple but really delicious..

      December 2, 2014
  25. That really sounds like the most wonderful combination of flavours Suzanne! I’ve not tried labneh before… so very versatile for using in both savoury platters and sweet desserts! I hope Chobani enjoy what you’ve come up with too – it’s wonderful!

    December 3, 2014
    • I do hope they like it also, thank you. Labneh really is so versatile. I love it with a rich eggplant and tomato and chickpea stew, or drizzled with olive oil and eaten with bread and vegetables. It’s just wonderful Thanks Margot.

      December 3, 2014
  26. This look delicious! I love roasted grapes 🙂

    December 3, 2014
  27. It looks absolutely amazing, Suzanne, I will definitely try this recipe 🙂

    December 3, 2014
  28. I love it . I can make it for my family. Thanks Suzanne!

    December 3, 2014
  29. This sounds and looks so delicious and perfectly balanced. It reminds me of a dessert I had in Portugal back in September – a soft, mild sheep’s cheese covered in honey and toasted almonds 🙂 Bet your dessert is just as wonderful!

    December 3, 2014
    • It does sound like that dessert you had. I love this because it tastes and feels indulgent but it’s actually really good for you. Thank you so much Karrina.

      December 3, 2014
  30. Suzanne, This is absolutely delicious post. I love the labneh and what you did with the pear, grapes and walnuts. I have to look into these recipes seriously! 😛

    December 3, 2014
    • Thank you so much Fae I know you could do something fabulous with the Labneh!!

      December 3, 2014
  31. Love those roasted fruits, it’s absolutely my type of snack! 🙂 I buy labneh here pretty often, but it’s soft and looks like Greek yogurt here (not firm). 🙂

    December 3, 2014
    • I think the lemon juice helps to firm it up plus a nice long sit in the cheesecloth to drain. It came out beautifully firm yet soft at the same time. Love it. Thanks so much.

      December 3, 2014
      • I will try to make it at home next time. Or may be to drain store-bought labneh, what do you think?

        December 3, 2014
      • It’s so easy to make all you need is Greek yogurt lemon and salt. If you buy it yes try putting in a cheese cloth to drain for 12-24 hours and see if that helps to firm it. You can see from the top picture how firm it is after over 24 hrs in the cheesecloth. Beautiful stuff.

        December 3, 2014
  32. This Labneh looks great.. and labneh with roasted fruits.. just brilliant.. you are amazing, Suzanne.. love the tutorial.. Thanks for sharing.. 🙂

    December 3, 2014
  33. Wow! Got the clan coming for Christmas and this looks like a wonderful treat to make them!

    December 3, 2014
  34. OMG! This is the kind of treat I die for ! Thanks for explaining in such an easy way how to make Labneh!

    December 3, 2014
    • Thanks so much Viviana, it really is as easy as I detail. I do hope you enjoy!! Note, I kept it in the fridge in the cheesecloth more than 24 hours so it really held it’s shape beautifully.

      December 3, 2014
  35. So simple and yet so elegant. I love it!

    December 3, 2014
    • Thank you so much. Looking forward to seeing you what are cooking up for the holidays.

      December 3, 2014
  36. This is a simply delicious dessert, healthier than the others and so beautiful!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    December 3, 2014
    • Yes decidedly healthier than what I normally make but just as delicious. Thanks Uru!

      December 3, 2014
  37. Never thought or hear about Lane before and I love Greek yogurt and this sounds perfect for me… thanx for the recipe and the fruits with thyme could sense the taste. … yummmm

    December 3, 2014
    • It’s a really nice dessert, very healthful and delicious. I feel like I finally have a recipe that is nearly as healthy as all the food you prepare.

      December 3, 2014
  38. Such a gorgeous dish Suzanne! I could have never though big roasting grapes along. It’s a perfect dip/spread for a holiday party! Will be trying soon.

    December 3, 2014
    • Thanks Sonal, I made a grape galette not too long ago and that was the first time I roasted or baked grapes and they are wonderful. The labneh is great either sweet or savory. Tangy and creamy!

      December 3, 2014
      • I wikl be trying this out at my next party.

        December 4, 2014
      • I am making another batch to take to my block association holiday party. Hope you like Sonal, thank you.

        December 4, 2014
  39. This was a wonderful dish, Suzanne 🙂 Thanks for sharing your ideas with us, I get to learn so much in here!

    December 3, 2014
  40. I love the labneh from Miriam with fresh pita, I never knew you could make it at home, and so easily! I can’t wait to give this a try!

    December 3, 2014
    • It’s so easy Tracy, really is and before I saw the recipe I never knew. I also love how it translates into either a sweet or savory dish. Thank you so much.

      December 4, 2014
  41. I’m sending this to husband right now so he can make it! He makes the labne in our house and this recipe looks divine!

    December 4, 2014
  42. oh! I love this dessert! Thank you for sharing your delicious ideas with us! I’d love to give it a try!

    December 4, 2014
  43. The roasted fruit and toasted nuts, what a great idea!

    December 4, 2014
  44. I love labne, so fresh and delicious and versatile. Love the honey and thyme with it!

    December 4, 2014
  45. I don’t think chobani would be very happy with me, because I make my own yogurt and it’s wonderful. And cheaper. And healthier. And very very easy 🙂 – https://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/gut-wars-arm-yourself-with-yogurt-and-prosper/

    December 4, 2014
  46. PS – I clicked in to your post because your dish looks delicious! Will try it wil my home-made yogurt this week.

    December 4, 2014
    • Nothing wrong with making your own yogurt. I am sure the people at Chobani would not mind at all.The Labneh is wonderful I hope you like. If you use regular yogurt as opposed to strained Greek yogurt you probably have to let it drain much longer so it becomes firm. Thanks for stopping by.

      December 4, 2014
      • We have a Ukrainian Easter dish that is similar, also containing currents and nuts (almonds, I think). Fun!

        December 4, 2014
  47. wow Suzanne– what an adventure heading off into making your own cheese– but it does look do-able the way you explain it. The pictures are luscious and I’d like to try your idea for the savory version– would be great on an appetizer tray with olives, bread, nuts… thanks.

    December 5, 2014
    • I am making another one today and bringing to a party doing the same thing, savory, nuts, olive oil, olives, also adding some dates. Thanks Rhonda. It really is as easy as I outline in the recipe. No fuss and delicious results.

      December 5, 2014
      • Dates?! OK, I’m doing this one Suzanne!

        December 5, 2014
      • Yes soft fat medjool dates. The best with this. I am making dukkah to sprinkle on top. It’s going to be good.

        December 5, 2014
  48. I am so impressed, Suzanne! I adore Labneh, but always buy it! You’ve inspired me!! 🙂

    December 7, 2014
    • Thank you so much Christine, it’s so easy to make I love labneh, always bought it but won’t anymore.

      December 7, 2014
  49. I’ve never tried labneh Suzanne – but this just looks gorgeous. What a beautiful, sophisticated recipe.

    December 7, 2014
    • Thank you it is so simple and delicious. Its versatile also, can be part of a cheese platter as well as a light dessert.

      December 8, 2014
  50. I want to be at your party!

    December 8, 2014
  51. So easy and I love Chobani. This would be great with a beet salad too.

    December 13, 2014
    • It really is incredibly easy. I am a fan of chobani yogurt and love how this cheese is so versatile, totally agree a beet salad would be wonderful with some labneh.

      December 13, 2014
  52. Oh I’ve got to make labneh! I’ve never ever made it, and need to do this. We always buy Chobani or Fage and always have it on hand. What a great, great idea to make for the challenge!

    December 13, 2014
    • The labneh is delicious and good both in sweet and savory dishes. I have eaten it before but never knew just how simple it is to make. Yes, me too always have yogurt on hand, plain yogurt is my favorite. Thanks Susan.

      December 13, 2014
  53. This is STUNNING. My kind of dessert, perfectly balanced in creaminess with the fruit and earthy thyme and honey syrup. Yum!! I have a cheese kit at home actually, I am meaning to make some labneh or mozzarella but I’ve been too lazy so far. This is an inspiration! xx

    December 14, 2014
    • I tend to get lazy when it comes to intensive stuff like making cheese but this labneh is so easy to make I fell in love with the ease and how delicious and creamy it is. Thanks so much

      December 14, 2014
  54. petra08 #

    What a beautiful dish! I bet Chobani must have been over the moon! It looks delicious 🙂

    December 14, 2014
    • Thanks Petra, they did like it very much. I did too so easy and delicious. I never knew.

      December 14, 2014
  55. Waw, this combo of great ingredients all infused together must be every delicious! 🙂
    Home-made labneh! waw! xxx

    December 16, 2014
  56. Reblogged this on click it AB.

    December 29, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I tried to visit but got an error message. Will try again. I love this homemade cheese and I thank you for re-blogging.

      December 29, 2014

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