It has been a turbulent week for me because my entire blog has to be deleted without a backup (here for more details). For the past couples of days, I have been working on re-establishing my blog layout and rewriting some of my past articles. Ok, the whole blog drama may sound painful but thankfully, it was not as bad as I have imagined. Anyway, I like to express my gratitude to all who are kind enough to leave me with words of encouragement. I really appreciate your comments!
On a brighter note, weekends has finally arrived. Aside from catching up on my blog posts and sleep, I can’t wait to sit back and relax with a tabloid magazine on my right hand and these easy-to-make ricotta kisses on my left . I confess I have a terrible weakness for reading the so-called trashy magazines and snacking simultaneously. It’s definitely my version of popcorn and movies.
Ricotta Kisses (Baci Di Ricotta)
(adapted from Nigella Lawson)
Yield 6 servings
1 cup ricotta
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Italian OO flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Vegetable oil for frying
2 tsps confectioners’ sugar
1. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta and eggs, and mix until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. Mix again to make a smooth batter.
2. Fill a wide, shallow skillet with about 3/4 inch of oil. Place over medium-high heat until a bit of batter sizzles when dropped in. Drop rounded teaspoons of batter into pan, 5 or 6 at a time. When batter puffs and undersides turn golden brown, after about 1 minute, flip kisses and allow to brown again for about 1 more minute. Transfer browned kisses to paper towels to drain, and continue until all batter is used.
3. Pile kisses in a rough pyramid on a serving plate. Pass confectioners’ sugar through a small fine-meshed sieve evenly over baci. Serve immediately.
- (Emily’s note: I’m aware that my kisses are more pancake-like. Trying to conserve vegetable oil, I have filled my skillet less oil than it was specified )