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Lemon Ricotta Donuts

Trust us, these are worth the extra effort.

food

Lemon Ricotta Donuts

Trust us, these are worth the extra effort.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3/4 cup of lukewarm milk
  • 1/4 cup of sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 3 teaspoons of dried yeast
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups of plain flour, plus extra
  • 3 1/2 ounces of chilled butter, cut into small cubes
  • Oil for frying

Filling

  • 1 cup of ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Steps

Dough

  1. Combine the milk and a pinch of the sugar into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Sprinkle over yeast and set aside for 5 to 6 minutes or until foamy. Stir in the remaining sugar and egg yolks until combined.
  3. In a large bowl add the flour.
  4. Rub in the butter to the flour until the mixture resembles bread-crumb consistency.
  5. Pour in the egg mixture and stir until a rough dough forms.
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until a smooth dough forms.
  7. Place into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  8. Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  9. Divide into 12 equal portions and roll each into a ball and then flatten slightly. Note: this is the shape they will be when they fry so make sure you're happy with them.
  10. Place onto a greased tray and let rise covered with a tea towel for 40 to 50 more minutes. They won't quite double in size.
  11. Heat oil in a large pan to 315 degrees F.
  12. Cook the doughnuts in batches for 8 minutes, turning once halfway.
  13. Transfer onto a plate lined with a paper towel to cool.
  14. Using a small knife, cut a hole into each donut for the filling.
  15. Put the filling into a piping bag or large freezer bag.
  16. Push the nozzle into the side of the donut and squeeze the filling into each.
  17. Roll the donuts in sugar to finish.

Filling

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and using an electric mixer, blend until thoroughly combined.
  2. Set aside in the refrigerator.