I was just talking with my mom about making sfogliatelle, these Italian puff pastries filled with ricotta and happiness. We both think fresh ricotta would work much better in the pastry recipe, but Duluth, Minnesota lacks a specialty (or near-specialty) food shop. Happily, Epicurious has a recipe that looks easy.
8 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice*
Line a colander with 4 layers of cloth. Set colander in sink.
Bring milk and salt to simmer in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in lemon juice. Let simmer until curds form, 1 to 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer curds to cheesecloth. Let drain about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl, cover and keep refrigerated.
The cheese is good for 2 days.
The cheese can be used in desserts, pasta, sandwiches, eggs, almost anywhere!
*Save the lemon rinds to use in my other recipes, like a Sour Cherry and Ricotta Tart!