15 minute Ricotta Donuts

Ricotta donuts come together in less than 15 minutes and you can toss them with powdered sugar, put them in a Ziploc bag and take’em straight to your picnic or wherever you go to enjoy the sunshine. They’re soft, slightly moist (from the ricotta) and kids absolutely love these bites of heaven! No waiting for hours for the yeast to rise, enjoy them within minutes!

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After what seems to be years of rain Portland has finally been blessed with some warm weather and sunshine. On days like these you really don’t want to be stuck at home cooking up a storm. Salads and cold sandwiches will do for weather like this. This doesn’t mean that you’re to be stuck with no desert, oh no!

15 Minute Ricotta Donuts - come together in a jiffy and kids absolutely love the bitesize goodness! by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com

I was stingy about my oil (I don’t reuse it after frying), so I used a really small pan that may be used up 1.5 cups of oil, which took me a little longer to fry my donuts, but if you use a normal size cast iron pot or heavy bottomed sauce pan, you’ll be done in a jiffy.

Also, this recipe can use ricotta or fresh farmers cheese , as long as it’s well drained and not runny. If it’s not, not a problem, just put the cheese in a strainer and allow for extra moisture to drip off (or press firmly with paper towel to absorb the extra moisture). Since cheese has different moisture content you will need to add or not 1 additional egg. I started out with my recipe and then as I mixing it, the mixture wasn’t coming together because it was too dry, so I ended up needing to add 1 more egg to bring it together.

15 Minute Ricotta Donuts - come together in a jiffy and kids absolutely love the bitesize goodness! by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com

As far as the chocolate sauce, it’s an optional serving suggestion but definitely not a necessity, powdered sugar is all these babies need! But hey, when did chocolate ever ruin anything? So, I’ll let you decide.

15 Minute Ricotta Donuts

Ingredients for 15 Minute Ricotta Donuts:

  • 350 grams (2 Cups) ricotta or fresh farmers cheese
  • 300 grams (1 3/4 Cups) all-purpose flour + more for flouring the working surface
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg (if needed)
  • 4 egg yolks (can be replaced with 1 whole egg)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Oil for frying

To serve:

How to make  15 Minute Ricotta Donuts

Place all ingredients (ricotta, flour, eggs, egg yolks, sugar, baking powder, sugar & salt) into a bowl and either with your hands or with paddle attachment of your mixer, mix together until it comes together. If your mixture looks too dry, beat 1 egg and add enough of the egg to bring it together.

15 Minute Ricotta Donuts - come together in a jiffy and kids absolutely love the bitesize goodness! by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com15 Minute Ricotta Donuts - come together in a jiffy and kids absolutely love the bitesize goodness! by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com

Pinch off a piece of dough and roll into a walnut size ball. Alternatively you can roll the dough to 1 inch thickness on a well floured surface and cut out 2 inch circles.



Heat around 2-3 inches of oil over medium heat in a heavy bottomed pan or cast iron pot until 350F. Drop several balls into the hot oil and allow to golden up on one side before turning for the other side to fry. Do not overcrowd as the donuts expand when they fry.
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Once golden on both sides, remove donuts with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool just slightly and dust with powdered sugar rolling the donuts to allow them to be coated completely.
15 Minute Ricotta Donuts - come together in a jiffy and kids absolutely love the bitesize goodness! by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com

Serve as is with powdered sugar, or serve with Chocolate Ganache on the side (click for full recipe & instructions on how to make it) .

Enjoy with tea, coffee or your drink of choice!

15 Minute Ricotta Donuts - come together in a jiffy and kids absolutely love the bitesize goodness! by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com

 

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15 minute Ricotta Donuts

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 199 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 350 grams 2 Cups ricotta or fresh farmers cheese
  • 300 grams 1¾ Cups all purpose flour + more for flouring the working surface
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg if needed
  • 4 egg yolks can be replaced with 1 whole egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Also:

  • Oil for frying

To serve:

  • Powdered sugar or Chocolate Ganache

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients (ricotta, flour, eggs, egg yolks, sugar, baking powder, sugar & salt) into a bowl and either with your hands or with paddle attachment of your mixer, mix together until it comes together. If your mixture looks too dry, beat 1 egg and add enough of the egg to bring it together.
  2. Pinch off a piece of dough and roll into a walnut size ball. Alternatively you can roll the dough to 1 inch thickness on a well floured surface and cut out 2 inch circles.
  3. Heat around 2-3 inches of oil over medium heat in a heavy bottomed pan or cast iron pot until 350F. Drop several balls into the hot oil and allow to golden up on one side before turning for the other side to fry. Do not overcrowd as the donuts expand when they fry. Once golden on both sides, remove donuts with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool just slightly and dust with powdered sugar rolling the donuts to allow them to be coated completely.

Recipe Notes

Serve as is with powdered sugar, or serve with Chocolate Ganache on the side (click for full recipe & instructions on how to make it) . Enjoy with tea, coffee or your drink of choice!

Nutrition Facts
15 minute Ricotta Donuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 82mg 3%
Potassium 153mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Sugars 8g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Calcium 11%
Iron 8.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Pamela Romines

    ARECIPE!! I just made these and they were absolutely fabulous!! They were as easy to make as hush puppies, yet so divinely inspired! We tried caramel and chocolate fudge dipping sauces, but my favorite by far was when they were coated entirely with powdered sugar while still hot! Tasted like fresh beignets from Cafe DuMonde in New Orleans’ French Quarter! They were out of this world! Will use this exact recipe & directions over and over, Lord willing!

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    • Hi Pamela,
      Thank you for your comment!

      Sometimes the simplest way is the best way, I also like the powdered sugar. Now I want to know what Cafe DuMonde’s beignets are like 🙂

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  • Tiffany

    These are GOOD! I pinned this a while back and just got around to making them because I had ricotta that was about to expire. So glad I finally made these babies…YUM! Anyone looking at this recipe should make it without hesitation.

    Oh, I used two eggs for the whole recipe and they turned out fabulous. 🙂

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  • Olivia

    Quick question: what if I accidentally made the batter too wet? How would I fix that?

    · Reply
    • Just add more flour 🙂 but the dough should be very sticky. Just use oiled hands to shape it 🙂

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  • Lizon

    Hi Marina. Do you think is it possible to bake those donuts in the oven? Thanks for this great recipe

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    • While it’s possible to do them in the oven, they would not taste like the fried version. It’s the fried outside that makes doughnuts taste like doughnuts. Baking them in the oven would make them into liittle buns instead of doughnuts.

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      • Lizon

        Thanks for the answer!

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  • Helene

    Hi, these look delicious! I’m a bit unsure of one part of the recipe, however. It says:

    4 egg yolks (can be replaced with 1 whole egg)

    Does mean that all 4 egg yolks could be replaced with 1 whole egg or that one of the egg yolks could be replaced with 1 whole egg? Seems like replacing all 4 yolks for 1 egg would make a considerable difference in texture. What do you suggest? Thanks!!

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    • Hi, thank you for your question. Yes, you can replace one whole egg with four egg yolks. There will be a difference in texture but if you do not want to ruin four eggs you could replace it with one egg.

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  • Karen Jones

    these look really yummy, have you ever cooked them in an actifry

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    • Thanks Karen! I haven’t, but as long as you can pour 2-3 inches of oil and fry them in there, I would think that stir-fry (pan) would work

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