This recipe has been featured in a step-by-step how-to post on The Recipe Girl blog: How to Make Ricotta Cheese
Fresh Ricotta Cheese
Simple to make from scratch, you'll have a tough time buying it at the store after making it at home. It's unbelievably rich flavor and creamy texture will have you wishing to eat it by the spoonful.
Prep Time: 35 min
Cook Time: 10 min
4 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1. Place all ingredients in a 2 quart saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat, until curds begin to form (190 to 200 degrees F.)
2. Remove from heat and pour into a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh sieve set over a large bowl. Let drain for 15 minutes. Gather cloth around the ricotta and gently squeeze out a little more liquid. Don't squeeze it dry or you'll end up with dry ricotta... leave some moisture in there.
3. Place fresh ricotta in airtight container & refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Ideas for using fresh ricotta:
*incorporate into pasta dishes
*use dollops of it to top pizza
*spread on baguette with tomato & basil
Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from In Jennie's Kitchen)