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.
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.
Stack sfingi on serving plate in a pyramid. Drizzle stack with honey and dust with icing sugar.