Here's How to Make Fresh Ricotta

Don't believe it can be done? Believe. We found a foolproof method for whipping up fresh and ultra-creamy ricotta right in your very own kitchen. Oh, and we made a ricotta dessert bowl with berries and spicy honey, too. Because what else are you going to do with all that homemade ricotta?

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We like to think of ricotta as the true underdog of cheeses. Everyone's first instinct is to head for the mozzarella when they need to top their pizzas, throw together a summery salad, or bulk up their favorite sandwiches. But what about a soft and creamy ricotta instead? Okay, sure, mozzarella has ricotta beat with the whole meltability factor, but otherwise, ricotta is just as amazing, and versatile, too. Check out how we used our batch to make dessert bowls with berries and spicy honey.

A picture-perfect pairing.
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Here, our friends at Delish—the always-fun food website—walk us through this D.I.Y. kitchen experiment. Want an inside look at more of what Delish is cooking up? Follow them on Snapchat (@delishdotcom).

Fresh Ricotta

Bonus: freshly squeezed juice makes for lemony ricotta.
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4 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

How to Make It

In a large saucepan over medium heat, add milk and cream. Season with salt. Using a candy thermometer, heat mixture to 200 degrees.

Remove from heat and immediately add lemon juice. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes until milk starts to separate.

Line a fine-mesh sieve with ultra-fine cheesecloth and set over a large bowl. Pour liquid through sieve and let strain for at least 1 hour until firm in center.

To make a ricotta dessert bowl, top with fresh berries and spicy honey. Sweet and spicy perfection.

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