Ricotta fritters are deliciously light and airy, delicate and very easy to prepare. They are similar with donuts but they have a softer texture with just a little sweet vanilla flavor. A light dusting of powdered sugar and a smooth chocolate sauce to dip them and you have the perfect treat. They are a wonderful option for a fancy breakfast or brunch but they are also acceptable for dessert. The choice is yours!
The best part about this little wonders is that they are ready in 15 minutes. The ricotta fritters recipe involves deep frying and in this case I encourage you to use a small saucepan, fill it half-way with oil and use a teaspoon to drop in the batter. You will know the fritters are ready when they turn a beautiful golden color.
These soft bites of haven are great on their own and even better with a delicious chocolate sauce or a little berry compote. Enjoy they warm with a sip of black coffee.
Yield: 20 pieces Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients for ricotta fritters:
- 100g fresh ricotta cheese
- 40g all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- powdered sugar, for dusting
- vegetable oil, for frying
- 75g dark chocolate, chopped
- 80 ml (1/ 3 cup) heavy cream
- For the ricotta fritters preparation, in a medium bowl, place ricotta, flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, granulated sugar and the egg and mix until well combined.
- In a small deep saucepan, heat 2-3 cm (1-inch) of oil. Oil should be hot enough than when you add a small piece of batter, this should bubble and float at the surface.
- Using 2 teaspoons, scoop a spoonful of batter and using the other spoon, gently slide the batter into the oil.
- Cook the fritters for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally, until deep golden.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fritters on a paper towel and let them drain briefly. Continue frying the remaining batter.
- For the chocolate sauce preparation, over low-heat, in a small saucepan, melt all the ingredients.
- Arrange fritters on a platter and dust them generously with powdered sugar. Serve warm with chocolate sauce.
Tips and Tricks:
- The fritters batter can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours. Cook them just before serving.
- If the ricotta cheese has too much whey, place it in a cotton cloth and squeeze the excess liquid. The fritters will be much lighter this way.