Ricotta fritters accompanied by a sweet huckleberry compote are a study in contrasting flavors and textures.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a low-sided six-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-frying thermometer registers 360 degrees. Line a baking pan with paper towels.

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  • Meanwhile, place the ricotta in a medium bowl. Using a rubber spatula, break up the curds, loosening the consistency without completely smoothing.

  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and nutmeg. Make a large well in the center. Place the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a medium bowl, and whisk to combine. Pour the egg mixture into the well. Using a whisk, gradually draw the flour mixture into the egg mixture, whisking until smooth before drawing in more flour. Continue until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated.

  • Add the ricotta, and gently fold into the batter until just combined; the ricotta will remain visible in the batter.

  • Carefully spoon the batter, 1 tablespoon at a time, into the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden on outside but still slightly runny on inside, about 1 minute, turning after about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove fritters from oil, and transfer to lined baking pan. Repeat with remaining batter.

  • When cool enough to handle, sift nonmelting sugar over fritters; transfer to a serving platter. Serve with huckleberry compote.

Cook's Notes

Try to find ricotta with large, dry curd, or use cottage cheese.

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