Gale Gand's Sugar-Dusted Vanilla Ricotta Fritters

Gale Gand, an F&W Best New Chef 1994, is the executive pastry chef and a partner at Tru in Chicago. She's also the host of Food Network's Sweet Dreams. Her follow-up to the cookbook Gale Gand's Short + Sweet is a collection of recipes from Tru. Gand got this recipe from her mother-in-law, Vita Seidita; the fritters are also good sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or dipped in jelly.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pound whole milk ricotta cheese (1 cup)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 375°. Set a large wire rack over a baking sheet, top with paper towels and position it near the saucepan.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla with a wooden spoon. Add the ricotta and beat until smooth. Add the flour and baking powder and beat just until blended.

  3. Using a very small ice cream scoop or 2 teaspoons, slide 8 walnut-size rounds of batter into the hot oil. Fry over moderate heat until deep golden all over and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fritters to the rack to drain. Continue frying the remaining fritters in batches of 8. Arrange the fritters on a platter and dust well with confectioners' sugar.

Make Ahead

The fritter batter can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours. Fry just before serving.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published September 2004

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