I made that!

F*ck it, Let’s fry some sh*t.

Posted in All Sugar All The Time, Because, like, I'm Italian, sort of by brandi on April 5, 2009

And by sh*t I mean cheese. And by cheese I mean ricotta, as in all the leftover ricotta from 2 weeks ago. It’s been sitting in the fridge taunting me, and I had no plans for it. As usual, I made way too much. But sometimes when you need to pull a quick dessert out of thin air, leftovers like that save the day. There was a potluck that needed a dessert, and I didn’t have much time for cooking & baking. I was gazing into my fridge looking at what I already had and remembered seeing a recipe for zeppoli, or Italian ricotta fritters. I found it and realized that these guys were a cinch to make. And well, I do have an unhealthy obsession with deep frying. What can I say, it makes me happy.

I made my batter (which really just involved mixing the wet stuff, mixing the dry stuff, and then mixing them together) in like 10 minutes.


Then I dropped spoonfuls of the batter into my hot oil and fried them for 2-3 minutes.


And then I dusted them with powdered sugar!


But I was feeling the need to dip them in something sweet. So I made a quick and dirty raspberry jam sauce. Perfect!


3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup whole milk ricotta

1/4 cup milk

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons sugar

1 vanilla bean

vegetable oil for frying

powdered sugar for dusting

– Heat 2 inches oil in a heavy saucepan until it registers 360°F.

– Whisk together flour, baking powder, lemon zest, nutmeg and salt in a bowl.

– In another bowl, whisk together ricotta, eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla bean seeds, then whisk in flour mixture.

– Working in batches, drop tablespoons of batter and fry, flipping occasionally, until deep golden, about 2-3 minutes per batch.

– Transfer to paper towels to drain.

– Dust generously with confectioners sugar.

– Dip and enjoy!


1/2 cup raspberry jam (without pectin if possible)

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons sugar (depends on sweetness of jam)

– Just stir it all together!


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  1. pants said, on April 7, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Mmmm. I’m trying to imagine what they looked like once you bit into them. This is what I wanted for breakfast this morning- granola was no substitute!

  2. Back to the Basics « I made that! said, on February 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    […] The truth is, I try to work in fresh ricotta whenever possible: gnocchi, galettes, pasta, cakes, fritters, we’re even serving a ricotta and blood orange dessert at Delancey right now. I LOVE RICOTTA. […]

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