It is simple and quick - just 2 ingredients and 12 minutes to make - couldn't get easier.
I made it recently for the husband's 34th birthday!!
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can ricotta cheese
They have to be used in a 1:1 ratio so use same quantity of both ingredients! I used 250 gms of each.
In a bowl mix the ricotta cheese and condensed milk with a spoon till they look like a homogeneous mixture. The mixture will be pretty liquid at this stage, something like this -
Microwave the mixture for about 10 to 12 minutes in increments of 2 minutes. So microwave at full power for 2 minutes, take it out, mix with a spoon to bring things together, then repeat this for about 5 to 6 times till you see a grainy mix where the ricotta has sort of absorbed the condensed milk. Something like the picture below. There is no right or wrong consistency, do it till you just see the grainy texture and even if you give it an extra 2 or 4 minutes it will not harm the final product - learnt from experience ;)
Put this mixture into the fridge for setting/firming up (a minimum of 45 mins to anything you want, even overnight is fine). The mixture is ready to eat immediately after cooking and cooling down a bit, but if you want to cut out a desired shape then some firming up is needed.
You can choose bowls/cups/ramekins of any size and shape. Put the mixture in and lightly press with the underside of a spoon or spatula to level the surface.
I used round bowls to set them in and then I cut out 3 circles of different sizes using cookie cutters, flipped them over and stacked them like a cake!! Be gentle with the pieces, they will be fragile to handle and crumbly. You can use any other shape cutters or lids to cut out the shapes. Can be set even in mini muffin cups, those look cute!
Extras - You could add strawberries, blueberries or pomegranate seeds and some mint leaves for the garnish.
Some toasted almonds or walnuts would make a lovely and crisp addition.
A little cardamom powder at the 1st step of mixing ricotta and condensed milk would also be nice.
But don't make too much of a fuss about all these, coz the basic mix itself is such a yummy treat!!