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This is delicious and easy - it almost makes itself. Use it wherever ricotta cheese is called for - in pies, in phyllo, in lasagne etc. Sweeten it with honey for a yummy spread. I got this from Molly O'Neill, who wrote the food section in the NYT for many years. Basically you mix the ingredients, cook for a couple of minutes, and then it drains for half an hour. Then it's done.
- In a large pan, combine the milk, yoghurt and cream and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
- Boil for 2 minutes, or until the milk is very curdled.
- Line a large mesh strainer with a damp kitchen towel or several layers of damp cheesecloth, making sure the cloth extends well over the sides of the strainer.
- Place the strainer over a deep bowl and pour the milk through the strainer.
- Drain 30 minutes, making sure the strainer does not rest in the liquid.
- Gather up the loose ends of the cloth and twist gently to extract more liquid.
- Transfer the curds to a bowl and stir in the salt and nutmeg.
- Discard the liquid (whey).
- The cheese will keep, refrigerated, for 3 days.