Some recipes don’t call for much work. This is one of them.
Avail yourselves of the best quality ricotta you can find – preferably ewe’s milk ricotta as opposed to cow’s milk – and press it firmly into a baking dish.
Bake in a hot oven (200 degrees Celsius, shall we say?) until it ‘sets’, until it forms a golden crust. This can take anything between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the amount of ricotta and the temperamental variations of any home oven.
Once it is out of the oven, drizzle some olive oil all over the surface and add generous amounts of black pepper.
Next time you are asked to contribute something for a potluck dinner, send grateful thoughts my way as other guests dig into this ricotta and utter exclamations of pleasure. Ah the delights of simplicity !