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    Ricotta Balls (Italian Doughnuts)

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    25 mins

    15 mins

    10 mins

    1Steve's Note:

    A quick an easy version of a traditional Italian holiday treat.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 egg (beaten)
    • 14.79 ml sugar
    • 236.59 ml all-purpose flour
    • 44.37 ml milk
    • 9.85 ml baking powder
    • 236.59 ml ricotta cheese
    • vegetable oil (for deep frying, since this is a dessert dish avoid using a strong flavored oil like olive oil) or shortening (for deep frying, since this is a dessert dish avoid using a strong flavored oil like olive oil)

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
    2. 2
      Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil and deep fry.
    3. 3
      Balls will turn themselves over when one side is done.
    4. 4
      Fry until golden brown and cooked through adjust heat as needed if they brown too quickly without cooking through.
    5. 5
      Drain on paper towels to cool and absorb oil.
    6. 6
      When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 25, 2004

      55

      excellent and easy recipe. I modified to make a bit more low carb. Splenda instead of sugar, and I only had cottage cheese so I blended that til smooth. Also added some nutmeg. Looking for a lower carb flour substitue to try in this recipe. Love the way those little balls just turn themselves. Thanks.

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    • on April 26, 2012

      55

      Addendum: Brand/quality make a HUGE difference!!! I first made a perfect batch w/ Precious brand ricotta. Later, I used Trader Joe's ricotta, and they were dry and awful! I returned to Precious, and again, I am back to deliciously moist ricotta balls!

      Original post: Perfect just the way they are. Ridiculously quick and easy, and very little, if any, oil splatter. Deliciously toasty on the outside and creamy cakey goodness on the inside, just like I remember them decades ago. Delish. Next batch will have lemon zest ;). Thanks!

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    • on April 20, 2010

      55

      What I wanted to do was find a good recipe to allow me to use up my leftover Ricotta cheese, and to my delight, chanced upon this easy recipe. At our house, my kids like their desserts a little sweeter, so I used 4 tsps of sugar. My kids enjoyed the balls immensely. Thank you for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Ricotta Balls (Italian Doughnuts)

    Serving Size: 1 (20 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 43.2
     
    Calories from Fat 14
    34%
    Total Fat 1.6 g
    2%
    Saturated Fat 0.9 g
    4%
    Cholesterol 13.2 mg
    4%
    Sodium 42.8 mg
    1%
    Total Carbohydrate 5.0 g
    1%
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    0%
    Sugars 0.5 g
    2%
    Protein 2.0 g
    4%

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