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Quick Ricotta Doughnuts

Quick Ricotta Doughnuts – just stir, roll and fry! Quick easy dessert that’s a crowd pleaser, every single time!

Soft and fluffy doughnuts made with ricotta cheese! A simple and delicious dessert recipe!

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Over the past few weeks I have been living and breathing books, studying and school. If I do make something to eat, it’s quick like these Quick Ricotta Doughnuts. Good thing these are also crispy on the outside, super soft, moist and delicious on the inside, otherwise quick or not would not matter 😉

Doughnuts, half topped with powdered sugar and half plain, with icing in a bowl in the middle of a grey plate surrounded by doughnuts.

Our family, like anyone else I think, loves a good doughnut, but unless you go out and buy them, it can be quite time consuming to make from scratch.
Not these doughnuts though. They’re not yeast-based, so they don’t require hours of rising time.

Bitten doughnut on a fork with doughnuts topped with powdered sugar on a gray plate.

Instead you literally take 2-3 minutes to mix the dough, then you roll the balls and go straight to frying these babies. If you use a wide pot, you can be done frying in about 3 batches, but if you don’t like to waste too much oil like I do, then use a smaller pot and just fry fewer pieces at a time.
Can you see how these would be great to serve at your party as you watch the big movie awards? Oh yeah!

Finger food?  Check! Easy to make? Check! Super delicious? Check. A bite or two in each piece? Check! Should you run and make them right now? Check. Yes!

Quick Ricotta Doughnuts

Ingredients for Quick Ricotta Doughnuts:

  • full-fat ricotta cheese
  • egg
  • flour (+ more flour for rolling)
  • SPLENDA® Granulated or granulated sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • baking soda
  • Oil for frying

How to make Quick Ricotta Doughnuts:

  • Combine 32 ounces of ricotta, 1 egg, 2/3 to 1 cup SPLENDA® Granulated  (or sugar) and 2 tsp vanilla extract together with a whisk until smooth and well mixed

How to add ingredients together in a bowl to mix.

  • Add the 2 1/4 cups flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda, then with minimal amount of strokes, using a large fork mix everything together until just combined.

How to add flour and baking soda and mixing with a large fork.

  • Pour about 1 inch of virgin olive oil into a heavy bottomed pot or a dutch oven and heat over medium heat until 360F (insert a heatproof thermometer into the oil, without touching the bottom and check the temperature, or use a thermometer that attaches to the side of the pot).

How to measure temperature of olive oil in a pot or dutch oven.

  • Now working quickly, use a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon to spoon 1 tablespoon of dough into a flour filled bowl. Roll the ball in the flour,

How to scoop out doughnut dough and roll the ball in flour.

then roll between the palms of your hands into a ball. Transfer to a well floured surface.

How to finish shaping doughnut balls with hands and place on a paper towel.

  • Once the oil has heated to 360F, drop the rolled doughnut balls into the oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes or until deep golden color. The doughnuts should turn on their own, but if you overcrowd the pot they might need a little help turning. You can tear one doughnut apart to make sure they’re cooked all the way inside.

How to fry doughnuts in a dutch oven with oil, and turn over to fully cook doughnut balls.

  • Remove the fried doughnuts to a paper towel lined plate. Serve hot with a choice of jam, condensed milk or chocolate ganache.
    Allow the frying oil to cool, then discard.

Other Quick Dessert Recipes:

 

Doughnut being dipped in icing with a fork.

Quick Ricotta Doughnuts

Quick Ricotta Doughnuts - just stir, roll and fry! Quick easy dessert that's a crowd pleaser, every single time! | Let the Baking Begin!
4.75 from 4 votes

Soft and fluffy doughnuts made with ricotta cheese! A simple and delicious dessert recipe! 

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ricotta doughnuts
Calories: 37 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 60 round doughnuts

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for Quick Ricotta Doughnuts
  • One 32 oz container full fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 Cup flour + more flour for rolling
  • 2/3 - 1 cup SPLENDA® Granulated or granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

How to make Quick Ricotta Doughnuts

  1. Combine 32 ounces of ricotta, 1 egg, 2/3 to 1 cup SPLENDA® Granulated (or sugar) and 2 tsp vanilla extract together with a whisk until smooth and well mixed.
  2. Add the 2 1/4 cups flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda, then with minimal amount of strokes, using a large fork mix everything together until just combined.
  3. Pour about 1 inch of virgin olive oil into a heavy bottomed pot or a dutch oven and heat over medium heat until 360F (insert a heatproof thermometer into the oil, without touching the bottom and check the temperature, or use a thermometer that attaches to the side of the pot).
  4. Now working quickly, use a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon to spoon 1 tablespoon of dough into a flour filled bowl. Roll the ball in the flour, then roll between the palms of your hands into a ball. Transfer to a well floured surface.
  5. Once the oil has heated to 360F, drop the rolled doughnut balls into the oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes or until deep golden color. The doughnuts should turn on their own, but if you overcrowd the pot they might need a little help turning. You can tear one doughnut apart to make sure they're cooked all the way inside.
  6. Remove the fried doughnuts to a paper towel lined plate. Serve hot with a choice of jam, condensed milk or chocolate ganache.
  7. Allow the frying oil to cool, then discard.
Nutrition Facts
Quick Ricotta Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 37 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 4IU0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Nikks

    I will try to make it. Lovely receipe.

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  • Anna

    PLEASE look into the sugar substitute splenda!!! It is extremely unhealthy!!! Not wanting to start any arguments…just pointing out since not everyone looks into it;)

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    • Helen

      I agree. I cringed when I read Splenda. So much worse than real sugar. I sincerely hope you’ll look into it.

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  • Archana Baikadi

    I think my hubby would love this! amazing recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing

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  • Oh. My. Goodness. My weak spot! These look so incredibly good and totally remind me of my childhood! Love the combination of the crispy outer shell and soft fluffy inside. Mmmmm….

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  • These are the only doughnuts I will eat. My mom used to make them but I’ve never made them myself. Our local Russian shop sells these doughnuts but in giant sizes, so once in a while I buy one for each of us. The photos are so gorgeous I can almost taste them. Yum!

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