Vegetable oil for deep frying
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup whole milk
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup Impastata Ricotta (Dry Ricotta, also called Pastry or Ravioli ricotta) or fresh Ricotta home made or store bought (A recipe is included in the book)
2 envelopes Vanillina or 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
1.Pour 2â€ of oil into a large heavy pot and clamp a deep fryer thermometer onto the side of the pot or use a digital thermometer. Heat the oil over medium heat to 365ºF.
2.Make the batter, heat the 1 cup of sugar and milk in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar is dissolved and the milk is hot. Meanwhile whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
3.Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the eggs, Ricotta and Vanilla flavoring. Gradually whisk in the flour mixture to make a thick batter.
4.In a medium bowl, stir together the 3 Tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon. Line a large baking sheet with several thicknesses of paper towels.
To cook the Sfinci, using regular teaspoons pick up a rounded teaspoonful of batter with one spoon and use the second spoon to push it off into the oil. Do not be concerned about the shapes: Sfinci should look rustic. Continue quickly adding the Sfinci to the pot until you have about 8 of them swimming in the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the Sfinci turns a deep brown color, stirring them to keep them moving and to brown them evenly. Remove them with a slotted spoon and set them on the lined baking sheet to drain, then roll them in the Cinnamon/Sugar mixture and set them on a plate. Cook the remaining batter, making sure to return the oil to 365ºF between batches. Serve as soon as possible.
Recipe courtesy â€œA Bakers Odysseyâ€ Greg Patent, author, Wiley Publishing, 2007