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Ricotta Fritters with Maple Syrup

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Yields about 12 fritters

  • by Lauren Chattman from Dessert Express

I never really considered deep-frying as a dessert shortcut until I had some ricotta fritters at a wonderful Italian restaurant in New York City. But when I thought about how quick the batter must be to make, and how cooking only took a few minutes, I had to try them at home. Here I pour a little maple syrup on dessert plates and set the hot fritters on top, although you could simply sweeten them with confectioners’ sugar or dip them in honey instead.

  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • confectioners' sugar for dusting

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

Whisk the egg, sugar, ricotta, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk in the flour and salt.

 Carefully drop 6 individual tablespoonfuls of batter into the hot oil (test the oil by dropping a little bit of batter into it; it should bubble up—if it doesn’t, let the oil heat some more). Fry, turning once, until the fritters are golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes total. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fritters to the baking sheet to drain. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Drizzle 2 Tbs. maple syrup on each of 4 dessert plates. Dust the fritters heavily with confectioners’ sugar, arrange them on top of the maple syrup, and serve immediately.

Photo: Scott Phillips

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