Baci di Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Baci di Ricotta

Baci di Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

While we’re on the subject of the beauty and terror that is Instagram, can we talk about how Instagram always makes me feel like everyone in the world is eating doughnuts except for me? Pretty sure every time I look at my stories, there’s at least one person showing off a box of gorgeous, giant, creative, frosted yeast doughnuts. It makes me so jealous. I love doughnuts, but there’s really nowhere to get great doughnuts here. 

I experience food envy on a regular basis. I wish I knew how to just be happy for other people’s treats instead of suddenly feeling like I’m starving to death and there’s absolutely nothing to eat anywhere ever. I’m still working on it Life is growth.

Baci di Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I found a temporary solution to the lack of doughnuts in my life. These Baci di Ricotta are quick and delicious, and the crisp on the outside, fluffy and creamy on the inside, not too sweet with a hint of cinnamon awesomeness will make your morning unbelievable. I know they’re not monstrous maple bacon pillows of dough, but I think you’re gonna love them.

As the name suggests, the fat in these little fried balls of dough is actually ricotta cheese. Before you click away, rolling your eyes and wondering what kind of crazy person would put cheese in a doughnut, just have a little faith. The ricotta keeps the mixture light, and they’re perfectly tender on the inside. They’re also made with baking powder instead of yeast, so you can go from looking at Instagram to eating Baci di Ricotta in like twenty minutes.

Baci di Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You never need to have doughnut envy again. Baci di Ricotta will make all your fried dough fantasies come true.

Baci di Ricotta
Yields 15
Baci di Ricotta are crisp on the outside, fluffy and creamy on the inside, and surprisingly simple to make
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup ricotta
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  8. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. Vegetable oil for frying
  10. Powdered sugar to dust
Instructions
  1. Put the oil in a heavy pot to begin heating to about 350 degrees.
  2. Add the ricotta and egg to a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract, and whisk until you have a smooth, slightly stiff mixture.
  4. Once your oil has come up to the proper temperature, add the dough to the hot oil about a tablespoon at a time. I use a cookie scoop but only fill it about halfway. I can usually cook four or five little dough balls at a time.
  5. Flip each dough ball a few times as they're cooking until they're deep brown on the outside. Once cooked, remove to a wire rack over a baking sheet to cool and crisp up.
  6. Serve warm dusted with a generous amount of powdered sugar.
Adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson
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Plainly Awesome Doughnuts | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Plainly Awesome Doughnuts

Plainly Awesome Doughnuts | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I try to avoid writing blog posts when I’m in a bad mood because of instead of helping you achieve peak awesomeness, I just complain about somebody stole my lunch and my favorite pen, and now I’m starving and want to cry.

I’d like to pass on a little advice to any young ladies who might be reading. You’ll know you’ve found the right partner if they let you whine like a four year and then order you a cheeseburger and a milkshake because you’re too hungry to even make a decision about what you want to eat. Then they bring you a cup of tea and just tell you they love you without making you feel like a crazy person. That’s true love.

You know that meme with the skinny girl who says, “Don’t reward yourself with food. You’re not a dog.” Remember her? Yeah, she sucks. I had a crap day and I deserve a doughnut. To my delight and astonishment, I recently learned that it’s surprisingly easy to make your own doughnuts from scratch.

Plainly Awesome Doughnuts | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is not a quick process. You definitely have to have some patience, but they are relatively easy, and the results are out of this world. I highly recommend you eat at least one of these within five minutes of cooking. There’s absolutely nothing quite as heavenly as a freshly fried doughnut. 

The first time I made these, I added just the right amount of flour and they came out looking beautiful. Of course, this time, the dough was a bit too sticky, so these particular doughnuts are a spiky mess. Honestly, though, the crunchy spikes added great texture, so don’t panic if this happens to you.

Still nervous about deep frying? Remember to use a thermometer, long tongs, and a heavy pan with high sides. Just keep a close eye on the temperature. Everything will be fine.

Is it easier to just go buy doughnuts from the Greg’s directly below your house? Well, yes, but I promise, these will be a hundred times better. And with this simple, basic recipe, you can adapt, glaze, and sprinkle to your heart’s content.

Plainly Awesome Doughnuts | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Please, please, please make your own Plainly Awesome Doughnuts. You won’t be sorry.

Plainly Awesome Doughnuts
Yields 8
Plainly Awesome Doughnuts are heavenly. You'll be dancing with joy.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons warm water
  2. 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  3. 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus some for dusting
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 2 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  6. 3 egg yolks
  7. 2 tablespoons sugar, plus some for topping if you like
  8. 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  9. Vegetable oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the warm water and yeast and let it sit for about five minutes. It should be foamy. If it's not, go buy some fresh yeast and start again.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add your yeast mixture, 3-1/2 cups flour, and all remaining ingredients, and combine using an electric mixer with a dough hook. Beat at a low speed until a soft dough forms, then turn the speed on your mixer up to medium high, and beat for another three minutes. If your dough is still very sticky, slowly add up to another 1/2 cup of flour until it's just dry enough to handle.
  3. Scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl to bring everything together, then sprinkle a light layer of flour over the top of your dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it in a warm place for the dough to rise until doubled for about 2 hours.
  4. Flour a clean counter or dough mat and dump your dough onto it. Roll the dough out gently until it's about 1/2 an inch thick. Use a 2-1/2 or 3 inch cutter to cut out as many doughnuts as you can. Get your circles close together as you won't really be able to reroll this dough without it getting tough. If you want to be really thrifty, you could cut the remaining dough into "doughnut holes."
  5. Place your cut doughnuts on a lightly floured baking sheet, cover them with a clean kitchen towel, and leave this to rise again for about 30 minutes.
  6. Attach a candy thermometer to your high-sided, heavy bottom pot and pour in about 2-1/2 inches of oil. Heat your oil up to 350F. Keep a close eye on the temperature as you go, and do your best to keep steady. Fry your doughtnuts for about two minutes per side or until golden brown and puffy. I could fit two at a time in my pan.
  7. If you want to have sugar-coated doughnuts, have a plate or bowl with a shallow layer of fine sugar ready to go as you remove each doughnut from the oil. Press the side of the doughnut that's just been in the oil into your sugar, then flip it over to cool on a wire rack. If you're feeling frisky, go ahead and sugar both sides.
  8. Allow your doughnuts to cool for a few minutes so you don't burn your face off. The best experience will be to eat the doughnuts within ten minutes. They'll still taste good the next day, but the magic happens when they're fresh.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
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Treats: Regal Bakery

Treats: Regal Bakery

Treats: Regal Bakery

I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about summer that makes it okay to eat doughnuts all the time. Something about the careless abandon that summer suggests sends a message to my brain telling me to eat sugar covered fried carbs in the morning. Or the afternoon. I’m not particular about the time.

And I’m not really a doughnut snob either. I’m quite happy eating doughnuts from the grocery store bakery and have fond memories of going to the bakery counter at Albertson’s when I was a kid and getting a tiger tail doughnut. This is like a maple bar except half of it is chocolate and the frosting is swirled in a tiger strip pattern. The best of all possible worlds.

Treats: Regal Bakery

In Honolulu, definitely the best place to go for doughnuts is Regal Bakery. They have an awesome variety of doughnuts available throughout the day at their two locations in town. And we discovered on our most recent visit that their doughnuts are discounted after 4 pm. The selection may not be quite as good, but the savings is pretty rad. We went in the afternoon this time, and there were still plenty of amazing flavors to choose from. 

Their yeasted donuts are great, and they even have a round maple chocolate doughnut similar to my beloved tiger tail. The one their best known for is the maple bacon, and I can confirm that it is completely amazing. I like that the bacon is chopped up so that you’re not trying to chew through a whole slice of bacon as you eat your sandwich. It’s the perfect combination of savoury and sweet. Go for it!

Treats: Regal Bakery

What Regal Bakery is really known for is their colorful cake donuts. Normally, I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of cake donuts, but the ones at Regal Bakery are so moist and flavorful, I could never say no. In fact, it’s usually all I can do to stop myself from eating a million.

They have a ton of flavors including green tea and pineapple li hing for the locals. Emily got a berry blast and I got the Mud Hen which is a chocolate doughnut with vanilla icing and crushed Oreos. I also saw cotton candy, blueberry, and red velvet. I could probably go here every day.

Treats: Regal Bakery

If you’re visiting Honolulu and staying in Waikiki, the closest location is at the McCully Shopping Center (the sign says Regal Diner), but if you find yourself visiting Chinatown while you’re on the island, they have a bigger location there, so be sure to check it out. 

They also serve typical Hawaiian plate lunch as well as breakfast and burgers, but I haven’t tried their real food. How can anyone see past doughnuts? What’s your favorite flavor?

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