Wild Cranberry, Ricotta & Orange Drop Doughnuts Recipe | Abel & Cole

Wild Cranberry, Ricotta & Orange Drop Doughnuts

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Serves12 people

Wake up to these little pillows of joy. Whip the batter up before you go to bed on Christmas Eve for even quicker results in the morning.

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  • 250g ricotta, drained
  • 75g caster sugar, plus 150g for dusting
  • 2 oranges, zest and juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from ½ vanilla pod
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 210g cranberry sauce
  • Sunflower oil, for deep frying

Gingerbread Drop Doughnuts with Jingle Jam An irresistible variation. Swap the caster sugar for 50g brown sugar and 1 tbsp black treacle. Use zest of only 1 orange. Swap vanilla for 1 tsp ground ginger and ½ tsp ground cloves. Increase cinnamon in batter to 1 tsp. Dust cinnamon sugar, as above. Pipe our very own Jingle Jam into the centre.

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1. Whisk the ricotta, caster sugar, zest of both oranges, 2 tbsp orange juice, half the vanilla, ½ tsp cinnamon and eggs in a bowl till smooth. Sift in flour, cornflour and baking powder and stir to combine (don’t overwork the batter, it’s Christmas).
2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hr or overnight. In a separate dish, mix the cranberry with the remaining vanilla. In another bowl, mix the 150g sugar for dusting with the remaining cinnamon.
3. Come cooking time, place a smallish heavybased saucepan over high heat. Fill it with enough oil to cover a golf ball twice. To test the temperature of the oil, sprinkle in some flour. If it sizzles, the oil is ready.
4. Use 2 spoons: one to scoop up a golf ball-size dollop of the mix, the other to gently scrape it off spoon one and into the oil.
5. Cook in batches of two, for 2 mins or till golden. Turn the doughnuts in the oil as they cook, so they colour evenly.
6. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon. Roll through the cinnamon sugar. Rest on kitchen paper. Fill a piping bag (or make your own with parchment paper) with the cranberry sauce. Pipe into the doughnuts till you can feel them filling up. Eat one before they disappear.
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It's become a Christmas tradition in our house to have these on Christmas morning!