Chocolate and ricotta heart shaped fritters

Chocolate and ricotta heart shaped fritters

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About this recipe: These delicious chocolate fritters are perfect for Valentine's day, Mother's day or any special occasion. Ricotta cheese adds a lovely taste and also makes the doughnuts taste nice and light.


Serves: 4 

  • 1 egg
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 150g fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 or 2 drops rum extract or rum flavouring
  • 180g plain flour
  • 8g baking powder
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • sunflower oil for deep frying
  • icing or granulated sugar for dusting

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. In a bowl, beat egg, sugar and salt together until pale and frothy. Add ricotta cheese and rum flavouring; stir well.
  2. Sift the plain flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl; stir into the wet mixture using a spatula or wooden spoon first, then mix with your hands to create a soft dough. Transfer onto a clean working surface.
  3. Divide the dough in half. Roll out each half, about 1/2cm thick.
  4. Use a biscuit or cookie cutter to stamp out heart shapes from the dough. Gather up leftover dough and repeat.
  5. Heat sunflower oil in a deep saucepan or wok until it reaches 190 C. Cook the hearts, a few at a time, flipping them over at least once, until browned and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and dust with icing sugar or granulated sugar; serve while still warm.

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