Kristen Allan's homemade baked ricotta
150ml/5 fluid ounces local raw honey (we recommend @honey_fingers)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 small sprig of rosemary
1 large piece of orange peel
1kg/2.2 pounds ricotta
salt & pepper
If you can, infuse the honey a few days ahead of serving to allow the flavour of the fennel & orange to really shine.
Place all your ingredients into a small saucepan. Gently bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Let sit, until the honey cools to room temperature, and pour into a small jug or jar, allowing all the flavours to infuse.
Place your ricotta in a colander or sieve lined with muslin (cheesecloth) and set over a bowl. Cover and leave in fridge to drain and dry out for 3 days.
Preheat your oven to 220˚C/430˚F.
Gently turn the ricotta out onto your favourite Mud platter. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, rubbing the ricotta all over and making sure it is totally covered with oil.
Bake the ricotta for 15 minutes or until it has turned a lovely golden colour.