Home-made Ricotta cheese
May 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
I have really fallen in love with Ricotta cheese over the last year or two, trying to work the delicate, curdled cheese into everything from Flapjacks with Blueberries,Sandwich toppings and rich fillings for aubergine involtini. At first, shop-bought Ricotta was just fine but in December I was browsing the Donna Hay iPad app and I saw her very easy recipe for home-made, fresh Ricotta. I promised to make my own and have just not gotten around to doing it until yesterday.
I was a bit nervous to make my own cheese as I’ve never done anything like it (even though the recipe could not be simpler). It also didn’t help that I half-read the recipe and landed up using a cup more milk than the specified amount (which was 3 cups). I was scared two tablespoons of lemon juice wouldn’t be enough to curlde the milk and with a slip of the hand added about five tablespoons instead of the intended three (can you tell that this wasn’t my finest moment, culinary wise?). Never-the-less, I carried on and after about 30 minutes, I had the most beautiful, soft Ricotta. None of those firm, rubbery curds you find in store-bought Ricotta. Instead I had creamy, fluffy and delicate Ricotta which had the slightest citrus flavour (which I actually loved).
So here, I’m giving you my (accidentally) adapted recipe but if you wish to follow Donna’s recipe, use only 3 cups of full cream (whole) milk and two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.