Italian Doughnuts (Sfingi)

Italian Doughnuts (Sfingi)


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About this recipe: These delicious morsels are made from ricotta cheese, flour, eggs, sugar and vanilla, before being deep-fried and drizzled with honey and dusted with icing sugar. Eat whilst warm.


Serves: 15 

  • 450g ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 125g plain flour, divided
  • 2 litres vegetable oil for frying
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar for dusting

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr resting  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

  1. In large bowl, combine ricotta, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix together baking powder and 1/2 of the flour. Fold into ricotta mixture. Add enough of remaining flour to make a thick batter. Let rest 1 hour.
  2. Heat oil in large heavy saucepan over high heat until a small amount of batter dropped in oil sizzles and starts to colour. Drop batter by teaspoons into hot oil and deep fry until golden. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towels.
  3. Stack sfingi on serving plate in a pyramid. Drizzle stack with honey and dust with icing sugar.

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These came out very, very greasy and flat. Would not do these again. - 08 Apr 2015

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