The true origins of, and recipe(s) for crowdie somehow got lost over the centuries. Even the origin of the word "crowdie" is a subject of debate. Today, it is generally accepted that crowdie is a semi-cooked soft cheese without rennet. It has a unique taste and most folks either love it or hate it. Please note that the cooking time will vary greatly because one cannot predict how long it will take for the milk to curdle and for the whey to drain.