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Wild Blueberry & Coconut Ricotta Doughnuts

June 5, 2015

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Wild Blueberry & Coconut Ricotta Doughnuts

My favourite thing about being in New York for so long was that I finally had a chance to meet up with a bunch of other bloggers throughout my stay. It’s so lovely to be able to visit somewhere you don’t really know and already have a bunch of friends who also can recommend stellar places to eat!

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In the time I was there I managed to nab two whole days hanging out with Kamran who blogs over at The Sophisticated Gourmet. He’s got an insatiable sweet tooth just like me so made sure we went to a restaurant which a) serves pancakes at lunch time and b) gives you a massive bottle of house-made syrup along with them.

Photo by Kamran Siddiqi

Photo by Kamran Siddiqi

Acting as my Trader Joe’s guru he pointed out the massive, cheap chocolate bars (500g for like $5, what the heck!? People that’s GOLDEN INFO omg) and cookie butter.

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We decided that on a separate occasion we should bake together. A few whatsapp messages later and we’d decided on a berry laced pudding cake. Cut to the next night when I informed him that the toaster oven was tripping the circuit breaker any time I baked and we were back to square one. Ideas of pancakes or no-bake pies were tossed around but we finally settled on these luscious little ricotta fritters. I have to say I’ve never been happier to not have an oven!

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The batter for these babies comes together in about 5 minutes with just a spoon and a bowl, basically. Couple that with the fact that they don’t require rising time means that they’re super speedy to make. I went for a pairing of wild blueberries and coconut in the batter with a simple glaze. Those juicy bursts of blueberry definitely brought the doughnuts to the next level (and the fact I’ve never seen wild blueberries available in the UK makes me super sad now!).

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Kam went for lemon flavoured batter with a lemon curd filling plus a super simple raspberry dipping sauce. I don’t think we’re ashamed to say that we ended up eating nearly ALL of them by the end of the day. Even with all the recommendation lists of where to get ‘the best doughnuts in NYC’, I think I had them right then and there, stuffing 4 fritters at a time into my mouth.

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P.S. You may also notice a bunch of doughnut recipes up on blogs today becuase it’s #nationaldoughnutemojiday! Look out for the hastag on instagram for more fried deliciousness.

Recipe adapted very slightly from Food & Wine

Wild Blueberry & Coconut Ricotta Doughnuts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose (plain) flour, plus extra for the berries
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) unsweetened desiccated/shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (250 ml) ricotta
  • 1/3 cup (50 g) frozen wild blueberries
  • vegetable oil , for frying

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup (100 g) powdered sugar
  • water
  • desiccated/shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, coconut, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs and ricotta then stir until not-quite mixed with some floury patches remaining. Sprinkle the frozen blueberries with some extra flour and stir to coat. Add the flour-coated berries to the batter and stir in very gently until just mixed. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile heat a 2 inch depth of vegetable oil in a large saucepan to 365 F (185 C).
  3. Using two oiled spoons, drop rounded tablespoons of batter into the oil. Fry until golden brown then flip and fry until the other side is golden brown (about 4 mins). Remove the doughnuts to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  4. Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl, pour in water 1 tsp at a time, stirring between additions until you have a pourable glaze. Dip the warm doughnuts into the glaze, turning to coat. Transfer to a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle with desiccated coconut then leave to set.

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  • Ashlyn @ The Pedantic Foodie June 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    These looks so good! I love the idea of adding ricotta!

  • Becky June 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Ajklsdfghakslkfnf! These look beyond delicious. Blueberries! Lemon curd! Ricotta! Man, the options for these must be endless.

    Gotta love the world when there is an actual donut day.

    Sounds like had an amaaaaaazing time in New York! Lucky duck 🙂

  • June @ How to Philosophize with Cake June 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Oooh those look awesome! Love the use of wild blueberries, those are great 🙂

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Your photos are so pretty…these donuts are calling to me!

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker June 5, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Such a perfect afternoon treat. Only the ricotta doughnut can make the art of deep frying so lady like. I can not believe that those are frozen fruits! Very Clever.

    Izy, they have made me even more excited about doughnut day!

  • Katy | Her Cup of Joy June 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    These fritters are so cute! They look very delicious! 🙂

  • Laurie June 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Hey ! It’s National Doughnut day !!! and nothing …NO THING would come close to as delicious as these look in generic doughnut land !
    Thank God for you IZZY, we midwest American families are in love with your style and recipes. Phew. All it takes is an oven true to temp and some energy. I love cooking/baking with you !

    laur

  • mila furman June 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    These gorg as always Izzy! Welcome to America…land of cheap chocolate and cookie butter 🙂

  • Millie | Add A Little June 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    These look so light and delicious – so easy to gobble up! I’m currently living with the pain of no oven – so hard to not make roast veg!

  • Gaby June 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Amazing! Happy National Doughnut Day!!

  • Maddy June 5, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    These doughnuts look absolutely amazing, wild blueberries??? Yum! So exciting that you’re in the city! I’m a student at NYU and the food scene is unbeatable. I basically just cook and eat my way through… Any new restaurant recommendations? I’m also just beginning my journey as a food blogger, yours is so beautiful!

  • Brandee June 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Those sound absolutely amazing! Actually, so do your friends lemon filled ones. I will have to try making them as soon as it won’t heat my house to 1000° by turning the stove on. I’ve also heard a lot about the Trader Joe’s cookie butter but never tried it. Do you like it?

  • sarah e June 5, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Yum! I love wild blueberries. We used some to make 10-grain pancakes last weekend. This is a great new option to explore!

  • Medeja June 6, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Yummy! I love such doughnuts when they are still warm 🙂

  • Tori@Gringalicious.com June 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I’m so all over these doughnuts! Could it get better? Highly doubtful! Yummmm!

  • Abby June 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    AMAZINGNESS, Izy! *insert praise hands emoji here* <3

  • Motte June 7, 2015 at 10:58 am

    What a combination, it ssound sabsolutely wonderful!!
    x motte

  • David Miller June 8, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Your recipes and the photos made me more excited to know about your strategy to make such delicious recipes. The photo of this recipes are so pretty and I like Coconut Ricotta Doughnuts sometimes.Thanks a lot.

  • Thomatou June 8, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    The recipe looked simple enough, and the pictures looked great. Never made doughnuts before (or deep fried anything, for that matter), and really liked the idea. Here’s the result: http://imgur.com/ANQ1dGT

    I used half mascarpone/half ricotta, and threw some raspberries in the mix. Tasted great. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Camille June 11, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Hi Izy, do you think this recipe could work with another type of flour? Wholemeal or even spelt?

    • Izy June 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      yes, definitely! Spelt will work and any Gluten-free flour blend will too. Rye would probably work and maybe even buckwheat or oat flour, too 🙂

  • Anne MC June 12, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hi Izzy,
    Can I share a secret ? (you can find wild blueberries in England but you will need to go foraging for them.)
    I am French and when I was young, my family used to walk all day in the Alps to pick wild blueberries and I have kept fond memories of those adventures. Thanks for reminding me of those precious moments.
    Beautiful website/photographs/book. Anne

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  • Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land June 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    These little cuties seem so mouth-popable! Ricotta and blueberry… yum. Fritter party! So fun to meet up with fellow food bloggers… Kamran seems like such a cutie! I have never fried donuts before … eeks. But seeing your photo of the little buddies frying up gives me some hope! I NEED to try! xo

  • Trisha June 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Ah, so nice that you got to meet Kamran, I love his blog as well! These look so delicious. Insatiable sweet tooth right here 🙂

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures June 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    These look divine! That is cheap chocolate; the next time I go to Trade Joe’s, I’ll have to buy a bar.

  • Amy June 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Omg….

    Your photos make me so hungry.

    Going to make this later!! <3

    http://www.yummei.com

  • Molly @ The Move to America June 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Adding ricotta is a great idea – and these do look so good!

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    This brings back memories of making doughnuts with my roommates in college! It’s been awhile. I think I’ll have to start making them again with this being the first recipe I try!

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    You can get something similar in Scotland called the Blaeberry. I think in England it’s called a Bilberry. They grow quite low to the ground in areas grazed by sheep and cows as they have munched the plants already. If they are left on their own they get quite bushy.

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