For the syrup, cook the sugar with one cup of water, stirring continuously, till the sugar dissolves. Add the milk. Collect the scum, which rises to the surface with a ladle, and discard. Cook the syrup till it attains a one-string consistency.
Add the cottage cheese and cook till the syrup coats the cubes well.
Remove from heat, add the screw pine essence and mix well. Keep swirling the pan till the cubes are thickly coated with the syrup and separated from each other.
Arrange in a serving plate and sprinkle liberally with icing sugar.