1l Soya milk
4 tbsp lemon juice
Cheesecloth or strip of muslin
Many of our hiking holiday guests are vegan cooking beginners. We often get asked to share some of our delicious vegan recipes for them to cook when they get home. If you are also a beginner - you’ve come to the right place!
When you first start to cook vegan food, it is often easier to continue to cook what you know, but replace the animal products with plants. Don’t feel bad about doing this - make life easy for yourself!
One of the easiest replacements to make is for ricotta. Ricotta is an often used ingredient in many dishes, from pasta main courses, to creamy desserts. The great news is, it is super easy to make a vegan version in under fifteen minutes!
Fact of the day - ricotta is not actually a cheese! It is in fact a ‘latticino’ , a dairy by-product made from whey. It is made by heating whey and using a coagulant such as vinegar or lemon juice, to force the proteins to bond together in stringy forms and separate from the water. Once it's separated, it can be drained and pressed to make what we know as ricotta cheese.
The cool thing is, we can carry out the same process with soya milk. Soya milk is super high in protein and by following the same process as the traditional ricotta makers, we can force those proteins to clump together. This will leave us with a yummy, protein rich, soya replacement for our dishes. And it only takes 15 mins!
*If your milk does not separate, don't panic, simply reheat it until it bubbles and then take it off the heat again.
Try rolling your ricotta into small balls and pressing them into fresh herbs
Why not add some flavour to your ricotta - try a little salt and pepper or experiment with spices.
Roll your ricotta into a long sausage shape and press into garlic and herbs for a delicious creamy garlic cheese effect.
Picked beetroot served with herby soya ricotta, with a delicious pomegranate dressing. A recipe by @lotmulligan for our kitchen here at MoaAlm Retreat in summer.
We would love to see your efforts to create Vegan Soya Ricotta. Leave us a comment or tag us in your photos @moaalmretreat
We are one of the only hike and yoga retreats in the alps offering a fully vegan experience. Why not join us this summer to experience our amazing vegan holiday in the Austrian Alps