Ricotta Salata – Ricotta

Ricotta Salata - Ricotta

The picture at the top there, is what I normally expect to see I look at pictures of Ricotta.

But recently I spotted this Smitten Kitchen post about making home made super rich Ricotta and being a Smitten fan and a complete cheese making dork (have you noticed?) I leapt across to take a look at what she was up to on the cheese front.

I scrolled through gorgeous photos, which actually showed a cheese looking much more like cream cheese than Ricotta. Intrigued, I read all about the inspiration for this cheese and then read the recipe to get all the gritty details of how it was made to get all that creaminess.

It explained everything.

This rich Ricotta is somewhat irreverent of the traditional Italian Ricotta in that it’s not a whey cheese product and further more the recipe, originally taking its cues from the Salvatore Ricotta recipe which instead involves full milk, has been further tweaked to include 1 cup of heavy cream!

The result?

Rather than producing the usual light fluffy Ricotta made with whey, this Ricotta is dense, creamy and more spreadable.

Now while I love following the traditional methods for each cheese type, I also don’t mind having a wee play every now and then and the richness of this Ricotta appeals to me so, I’m going to give it a go this weekend and I thought I would share the recipe so you can too.

This cheese can be made without having to buy cultures, rennet, molds or presses so it might appeal to those of you who have yet to embark on the full cheese making mission. The only special piece of equipment you really need is a thermometer to get the heat point accurate.

So, without further a-do:

Home Made Rich (Blasphemous) Ricotta

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Method

  1. Pour the milk, cream and salt into a large pot.
  2. Heat the milk to 190°F regularly stirring to prevent burning
  3. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice
  4. Stir once or twice, gently and slowly
  5. Let the pot sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour curds and whey into a colander double lined with cheesecloth.
  7. If you wish, save the whey in a bowl and take a look at these ideas for using it up.
  8. Leave to drain for between 1 to 2 hours.

 

 

Stores for 5-7 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Makes 1 cup of Ricotta

If you are interested in seeing how Salvatore Bklyn, the Brooklyn company who have created a frenzy over their modified Ricotta, make their version of this rich creamy cheese take a look at this video:

The King of Ricotta: Salvatore Bklyn from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

Photo credit: © 2010 grongar

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