Winter Warmer

Winter is the time for warm and hearty meals that are deeply nourishing and deeply delicious. Since we love eating out, not in, we’ve enlisted the help of Megan from the Swan Blog to share some of her favourite winter warmer recipes with us, which we’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks. Here’s to a happy warm winter and warm winter meals! 

Winter Warmer Recipe: Sweet Corn & Scallion Loaf with Homemade Ricotta

  • Yield: 1 23cm x13cm loaf


For the Ricotta:

  • 4 cups whole milk, not UHT pasteurized
  • 2 ½ Tbls. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt

For the Loaf:

  • 3 cups self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ milk
  • 1 tin creamed sweet corn
  • 1 fresh cob of sweet corn
  • 6 scallions, sliced finely
  • Generous pinch of salt


For the Ricotta:

  • Pour the milk into a pot and set it over medium heat. Let it warm gradually to 93°C, monitoring the temperature with an instant read thermometer. The milk will get foamy and start to steam; remove it from heat if it starts to boil.
  • Remove the milk from heat. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and the salt. Stir gently to combine.
  • Let the pot of milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. After this time, the milk should have separated into clumps of milky white curds and thin, watery, yellow-colored whey.
  • Set a strainer over a bowl and line the strainer with muslin cloth. Scoop the big curds out of the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer them to the strainer. Pour the remaining curds and the whey through the strainer.
  • Let the ricotta drain for 10 to 60 minutes, depending on how wet or dry you prefer your ricotta.
  • Fresh ricotta can be used right away or refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week with some whey in the container.

For the Loaf:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Grease your loaf pan with butter.
  • Remove the corn off the cob.
  • Beat eggs and sugar to combine. Add milk, fresh corn, creamed corn, chopped scallions and salt.
  • Mix to a smooth batter – do not over mix.
  • Pour the batter into a butter greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Bake at 180°C for 45mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Serve warm with homemade ricotta and flaked sea salt.

Winter Warmer Sweet Corn Loaf

And there you go, the perfect winter warmer sweet corn & scallion loaf with your very own homemade ricotta!

Happy Cooking!

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Recipe by Megan Kate Swan