It’s National Doughnut [or Donut, who are we to say?] Day, so naturally, the west elm team is taking it very seriously. While you might be hitting up your favorite doughnut shop for some sweet, fried goodness today, you can get really fancy and make some yourself. Billy Green from Wit & Vinegar whipped up this delicious recipe for Vanilla Ricotta Dougnuts just for the occasion. Cure that sweet tooth and get your doughnut game on below!
Vanilla Ricotta Doughnuts
Makes 2 dozen
A neutral oil like peanut, sunflower, or vegetable for frying
¾ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 ½ tablespoons white granulated sugar + more for rolling doughnuts
pinch of salt
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Heat 2-3″ of the oil in a large heavy pot to 350* F (you’ll probably need about 4 cups, depending on your pot). And line a baking sheet with a few layers of paper towels.
While that’s heating make the dough by whisking the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
In another bowl or measuring cup, beat together the ricotta, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add this to the dry ingredients and stir just until everything’s combined.
By this time the oil should be heated up. To form the doughnuts just scoop them up with a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon and carefully drop them into the hot oil. Only fry 6-8 at a time so you don’t overcrowd the pan and lower the oil temperature too much. Fry until both sides are golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Once they’re golden brown transfer them to the paper towel baking sheet with a slotted spoon and repeat with more dough.
After the doughnuts have cooled for a minute or two roll them in sugar and serve while warm.
Billy Green is the voice behind the blog Wit & Vinegar and the book ‘Whip It Up!: Over 75 Fast, Fun and Easy Recipes‘. He lives in Southern California with his partner Steve and their two dogs, Mose and Nomi, where he consumes way too much coffee and chocolate. If he’s not cooking he’s probably watching some television revolving around housewives or drag queens.