You might wonder why you would ever make ricotta cheese when you can simply buy a carton at the supermarket. But making fresh ricotta is remarkably easy; all you need are three everyday ingredients and about an hour. And the homemade version is simply the best you'll ever taste-silky and creamy, milky and slightly sweet, moist and never grainy.
If you've never made ricotta at home, try it. The cheese is delicious eaten by the spoonful, and once you've had your fill of it unadorned, you can turn it into an array of dishes that are as healthful as they are delectable. But be sure to make plenty. Like me, you might not be able to stop yourself from eating it right out of the bowl.
Ricotta's creamy texture and mild flavor make it ideal for easy-to-prepare, healthful desserts and sweet snacks. Here are a few ideas: