Lemon Ricotta Donuts
I like to experiment with foods that people generally don't make at their homes. I've also always wanted to host brunch and/or dinner parties, so I thought donuts would be a good item to have on the menu. Obviously you never serve a new dish at a party, so I had to do a test run...and a taste test!
They weren't difficult to make at all, and came out with the perfect, soft and fluffy donut texture on the inside!
Lemon Glaze Ingredients
- 4 lemons (to yield 1/2 cup of lemon juice/zest)
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
Donut Holes Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp sugar
- canola oil (for frying)
- powdered sugar (to dust the donuts with)
Lemon Glaze Directions
- Zest the lemons, then juice them to yield about 1/2 cup of lemon juice/zest. Set aside.
- Whisk the eggs in heat safe bowl that on top of a sauce pan (or double boiler). Add sugar and whisk until combined. Stir in lemon juice and zest. Fill sauce pan with about an inch of water and bring to a simmer. Place bowl of lemon mixture over sauce pan and stir until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Cut butter into slices and add one slice at a time, stirring until melted. Once all butter has melted, strain the curd. Place in storage container and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Serve as a dipping sauce in cute ramekins!
Donut Holes Directions
- Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium sized blow, combine ricotta cheese, eggs, and sugar (using a hand mixer or stand mixer) until blended. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
- In a deep, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium high heat (fill the pot so oil is about 1 1/2 inches deep). Place a paper towel on a plate and transfer donut holes once they are fried.
- When the oil is hot, flour your hands and take about a tablespoon of dough at a time, rolling it into a ball and dropping into the oil. Fry 4-5 at a time. Turn occasionally, frying until golden brown (about 3-4 minutes).
- Place fried donut holes on plate and let cool until they are easy to handle.
- Dust the donut holes with powdered sugar.
- You can drizzle the lemon glaze over the donuts, or serve with the lemon glaze as a dipping sauce. We prefer dipping the donut holes in the sauce so they don't get soggy. Plus, they store better as leftovers that way!
*Recipe modified from A Savory Feast
So what to you think? Tempted to make your own lemon ricotta donuts at home?