Midnight Nigella kisses
Mr.Blab and I are night owls. Having in mind that we have dinner at about 7pm, it should come as no surprise that we often have a midnight snack of some sort. Usually that would be a heavily buttered toast with some slices of cheese, but there was a period back when we had grits from the States and then I would mixes us up a warm bowl of grits with lots of butter and Parmesan.
Sometimes, though, I feel inspired by the night air and the stars I cannot see from behind the blinds. A recipe pops in my head from the depths of the big part of my brain that seems to love food a little bit too much, and I change up the snack.
The other night I remembered a little beauty of a recipe I had seen in the most gloriously saliva inducing magazine “Delicious” and went for it. Pulled it out of the cupboard where all the piles of cooking written material lives now and made us some of Nigella’s Baci di Ricotta or Ricotta Kisses.
Here is some love for your sinful snacking time:
1cup (200g) fresh ricotta
1/2 cup (75g) bread flour/plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Vegetable oil to fry
icing sugar to dust
Mix well the ricotta and eggs. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir nicely until you make a smooth batter
Fill a frypan with about 2cm of oil and heat over medium heat until 160C.
Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of the batter into the pan. Turn them around to cook them til golden brown. Put on paper towels to drain and then when cooled dust with the icing sugar
I melted some dark chocolate and mixed it with some cream to make a chocolate sauce for dunking, cause it wasnt fattening enough you see.
I’m salivating! I have to try it out soon or it will never leave my mind!
I think those are similar to something I had in FL called friend cheese curds??
It sounds super yummy!!!
Silvia, sorry about that, I hope you like them ;)
Forgot to say in the recipe that they need to float in the oil – deep fry, not shallow.
Kat, I just had a look at those things you mentioned and it seems they are very similar.
These remind me so much of a breakfast mum used to make for us when we were kids. I have no idea what the ingredients were but it was doughy, yet light and we had it with custard sugar – they looked almost identical to what you made. We used to call them “aliens” because as mum dropped them in the oil, they would take on different shapes (the mixture was kinda runny). The fun part was eating them – we’d make up stories about what planet they come from and why they look a certain way! :D I used to love aliens for breakfast!
Now you have to share the recipe. I want it.