Rum and Ricotta Fritters (Fritelle di Ricotta e Rhum)

Rum and Ricotta Fritters

Sunny Sunday mornings in the spring are for me a time of peaceful indulgence in the slow and easy transition between those cool and crisp mornings to the prospects of warm afternoon sunshine outside my kitchen window. What a perfect time to put on a pot of hot coffee and leisurely stir up a batch of these simple little rum and ricotta fritters — light, airy and golden like the day to come, and just like little pieces of the fluffiest and most delectable pancakes you can imagine. Dusted with icing sugar or dipped in maple syrup or a warm spiced chocolate sauce, the memory of the scents and flavors will linger gloriously in your nose and mouth for hours.

Marlena de Blasi, from whose book I adapted this recipe, describes standing on winter mornings in Lucania waiting for the shops and street stalls to open just to buy these little "fritelle di ricotta e rhum". With these warm fritters at hand, I can quite imagine that a winter morning in southern Italy must be just as much a treat as a spring morning here in Canada.

Rum and Ricotta Fritters

Rum and Ricotta FrittersRum and Ricotta Fritters
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Adapted from A Taste of Southern Italy: Delicious Recipes and a Dash of Culture
Cuisine: Italian
Published on April 24, 2008

Simple little rum and ricotta fritters — light, airy and golden like little pieces of the fluffiest and most delectable pancakes you can imagine

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Ingredients:
  • 18 oz (500 g) whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 scant teaspoons baking powder
  • peanut oil for cooking
Instructions:
  • In a large bowl, beat the ricotta with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. Lightly beat the egg yolks in a small bowl and stir into the ricotta along with the rum, vanilla and honey. Sift together the flour and baking powder and turn into the ricotta mixture.

  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until the peaks are stiff but not dry. Fold gently and thoroughly into the batter.

  • Heat 3 to 4 inches of peanut oil in a medium saucepan over just a little higher than medium heat. When hot but not smoking, form the fritters by dropping scant dessert spoons of the batter into the oil. Cook until golden brown, turning and cooking on each side — about 5 minutes.

  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with maple syrup or warm spiced chocolate sauce for dipping, or dusted with icing sugar, with a pot of good hot coffee on the side.

Makes about 3 dozen fritters

Rum and Ricotta Fritters

8 comments:

Johanna said...

they looks like delicious golden brown puffs - I think I would be very happy to eat these with chocolate sauce on any morning

Ricki said...

They look so light! A great way to start a morning (or as a dessert, even. . !).

Pixie said...

Lisa, these look seriously tempting!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

maninas said...

mmm that looks gorgeous! rum + ricotta, warm, in the morning - sounds like heaven!

we have a type of fritters - called fritule in croatian - that remind me of these. actually, i blogged about them: http://maninas.wordpress.com/2007/11/27/festive-food-from-dalmatia-fritule/

Kalai said...

Beautiful, fluffy pillows, Lisa! :)

Kevin said...

Those rum and ricotta fritters sound good. They look amazingly moist, light and fluffy and good!

Antonio Broccoli Porto said...

I made these with Chickpea flour they came out dreamy...thnx for the great recepies
Antonio

A. Maria said...

I made these for Christmas morning and they were splendid. The batter even held overnight, so we had a batch the next day. Thank you!