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baked sheep's milk ricotta

Fiver | Jan 14, 200311:43 AM

Within the last year, I have become utterly addicted to a dry, somewhat waxy baked sheep's milk ricotta that is available at an italian market on first avenue between ninth and tenth.

This cheese is a miracle! It is salty and firm, with a partially crumbly texture, though you can slice it and eat it plain or on crackers. From what I can tell, the shop gets large wheels of sheep's milk ricotta (ricotta salata) which they bake on the premises. It has that tang you get from sheep's milk without being overpoweringly sour, and the baking seems to not only impart an appealing roasted flavor but also "seal" the cheese so that it doesn't break apart or crumble too easily.

I have never seen this baked cheese anywhere else-- I've tried Murray's cheese shop, Ideal, and Fairway. Fairway has a very delicious baked cow's milk ricotta, but it is sweet (lemony and cheesecake-like) not at all the savory treat I've been craving.

Now that I have a new work schedule, I need to find this cheese at a different venue.

Does anyone know of another purveyor of this impeccable treat? One on the west side would be preferable, though if the shop is open late, I'll go anywhere.

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