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Sicilian Ricotta & Chocolate Graffe

Sicilian Ricotta & Chocolate Graffe. Imagine sinking your teeth into a warm, fluffy doughnut filled with creamy ricotta and luscious chocolate. It’s a delightful treat that’s perfect for any time of the day, whether you’re enjoying a leisurely breakfast or a decadent dessert.

The first time I made these graffe, the whole kitchen filled with the irresistible aroma of freshly fried dough. The ricotta filling was velvety smooth, perfectly complemented by the rich chocolate. My family couldn’t wait to try them, and the look of pure bliss on their faces was priceless. These graffe quickly became a beloved indulgence in our household, often requested and always devoured with gusto.

Résumé of the Recipe: Sicilian Ricotta & Chocolate Graffe are a delightful fusion of traditional Italian flavors and comforting textures. These doughnuts are light and fluffy, with a creamy ricotta and chocolate filling that makes them irresistible. They’re easy to make and perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings.

Exciting Story: One sunny Sunday morning, I decided to surprise my family with these Sicilian Ricotta & Chocolate Graffe. As I kneaded the dough and prepared the ricotta filling, I could already imagine their delighted reactions. When the first batch came out of the fryer, golden and fragrant, I filled each graffa with the creamy ricotta mixture and a touch of melted chocolate. The first bite was pure magic – a perfect blend of fluffy dough, creamy ricotta, and rich chocolate. It quickly became a family favorite, and now, every time I make them, it feels like a special occasion.

Why This Sicilian Ricotta & Chocolate Graffe?

Selling Points:

  • Authentic Taste: Traditional Sicilian flavors with a modern twist.
  • Rich Filling: Creamy ricotta and rich chocolate create a luxurious filling.
  • Versatile: Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Ingredients:

Dough:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 packet active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm milk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Zest of 1 lemon

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Ricotta & Chocolate Filling:

1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate

For Frying:

Vegetable oil for frying

For Coating:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

How to Make Sicilian Ricotta & Chocolate Graffe:

Prepare the Dough:

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
Add warm milk, eggs, melted butter, and lemon zest. Mix until a dough forms.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Prepare the Ricotta & Chocolate Filling:

In a medium bowl, mix ricotta, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Fold in mini chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate.
Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

Shape and Fry the Graffe:

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out to about 1/2-inch thickness.
Use a round cutter to cut out doughnut shapes. Use a smaller cutter to create the holes in the center.
Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
Fry the doughnuts in batches until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Fill and Coat:

While the doughnuts are still warm, roll them in granulated sugar until evenly coated.
Allow the doughnuts to cool slightly, then use the piping bag to fill each doughnut with the ricotta and chocolate mixture.

Serve:

Serve the graffe warm for the best taste and texture. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea for a perfect Italian-inspired treat.

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