Lemon Ricotta Donuts



  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk

  • ¼ cup sugar, plus extra for rolling

  • 3 tsp dried yeast

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 2 ½ cups plain flour, plus extra

  • 3 ½ oz chilled butter, cut into small cubes

  • Oil for frying

  • 1 cup ricotta

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

  • ½ tbsp. lemon juice

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Combine milk and a pinch of the sugar into a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle over yeast and set aside for 5-6 minutes or until foamy. Stir in the remaining sugar and egg yolks until combined.

  2. In a large bowl add the flour. Rub in the butter to the flour until the mixture resembles bread-crumb consistency. Pour in the egg mixture and stir until a rough dough forms.

  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until a smooth dough forms. Place into a lightly oil bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

  4. For the filling, combine all ingredients in a bowl and using an electric mixer, blend until thoroughly combined. Set aside in the refrigerator.

  5. Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. 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. Place onto a greased tray and let rise covered with a tea towel for 40-50 more minutes. They won’t quite double in size.

  6. Heat oil in a large pan to 315 F. Cook the doughnuts in batches for 8 minutes, turning once half way. Transfer onto a plate lined with paper towel to cool.

  7. Using a small knife, cut a hole into each donut for the filling. Put the filling into a piping bag or large freezer bag. Push the nozzle into the side of the donut and squeeze the filling into each. Roll the donuts in sugar to finish.


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