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Saint Joseph's Fritters filled with sweet ricotta

La Cucina Siciliana Giangivecchio


  • 1 Cup (225 ml) water
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt
  • 1/4 Cup (60 ml) Lard or sweet butter
  • 2 Cups (475 ml) all purpose flour
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
  • 1 Tbs (15 ml). Rum
  • Sunflower or Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 Cups (475 ml) Creme de Ricotta (see below)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Honey (optional)
  • Creme De Ricotta:
  • 4 Cups (950 ml) of whole milk Ricotta (drained in collander lined with cheese cloth for 2 days)
  • 1 Cup (225 ml) sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • Prepare Creme de Ricotta by adding the sugar to the well drained Ricotta.
  • Whisk to incorporate.
  • Stand for 8 hours.
  • Press Ricotta through a fine sieve with a rubber spatula or glass jar. DO NOT PROCESS IN BLENDER OR PROCESSOR OR YOU WILL HAVE GLUE.
  • Incorporate the vanilla.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Prepare the fritter by bringing to a boil the water salt and lard.
  • Add the flour all at once and stir vigorously.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Form into a ball by stirring and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Beat the eggs in one at a time (difficult) until incorporated.
  • Add the rum and mix (should be smooth and sticky).
  • Stir in the baking powder.
  • Heat 3 inches of oil in frying pan to hot but not smoking.
  • Push rounded tbspfulls into the oil.
  • Cook 6 at a time because they triple in size.
  • Cook and turn 4 minutes till they burst slightly.
  • Cook and turn a few seconds more to cook the exposed interior.
  • When golden brown put on paper towels to drain.
  • Repeat frying procedure for the rest of the batch.
  • When slightly cool make slit in the side of each.
  • Spoon a little Creme de Ricotta in each.
  • Sprinkle with granulated sugar or cinnamon sugar.
  • Can also be dipped in honey before eating.
Served traditionally on March 19 Saint Joseph's Day. Attention to the Creme de Ricotta recipe is important to have the correct results.

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