These homemade baked White Chocolate Ricotta Donuts are moist, fluffy and topped with crunchy pistachios or almonds, and will spare you the guilt of deep frying!
As much as I *love* donuts, I'm not keen on deep frying homemade donuts in a pan of hot oil at home! These baked White Chocolate Ricotta Donuts are super easy to make; all you need is a donut tray, a few ingredients, and an oven. Baked ricotta goods taste better than they may sound; check out this moist Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake too! Make these for tea, dessert, spring, Mother's Day, or whenever you have some extra ricotta on hand!
This donut recipe will spare you the guilt and mess of deep-fat frying, whilst still managing to taste amazing! The ricotta in the batter makes the donuts soft, moist, and delicate. You can obviously decorate this donuts in any way you like, but I find the combination of ricotta, white chocolate and crushed nuts very rich and inviting and I highly recommend it.
Why this Recipe Works
These White Chocolate Ricotta Donuts:
- Have a soft, moist, and light sponge and a rich white chocolate glaze, making the ideal donut
- They are baked, not fried
- Do not require a kitchen mixer
- Easy to do, and ready in under 30 minutes
- A great way to use up extra ricotta!
- The perfect tea party, birthday, or mother's day treat
- Can be made ahead and stored at room temperature or even frozen!
Ingredients for White Chocolate Ricotta Donuts
To make these donuts, you will obviously need some fresh ricotta. This is a great way to use up left-over ricotta from Sunday lunch, (check out these mouth-watering Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells). You will also need a few simple pantry ingredients, some white chocolate, and crushed pistachios or almonds.
Making the Best White Chocolate Ricotta Donuts
- As with other cake recipes, do not overmix the batter once you add dry ingredients. Overmixing results in a chewy and dense donut.
- This batter is similar to a muffin batter and is quite thick.
- Filling the donut tray with batter can be tricky. I suggest using a piping bag especially since the batter is quite thick.
- This recipe makes 10-12 small donuts, but this depends on the size of your donut tray.
- When heating chocolate in the microwave, do so at 20-30 second increments and stir using a fork between each cycle. White chocolate will continue melting as you're stirring and does not require a lot of heat (about 1 minute). Over heating will result in a clumpy mess which needs to be thrown away.
Making Ahead and Storing
These donuts can be made ahead and stored at room temperature for 3-4 days. You can also freeze them for up to 2 months.
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White Chocolate Ricotta Donuts
- 2 tbsp butter (30g) melted
- 1 egg
- ½ cup granulated sugar (100g)
- 1½ cup all-purpose flour (190g)
- ½ cup fresh ricotta (125g)
- ⅓ cup milk (80 mL)
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 150 g white chocolate diced
- pistachios crushed (optional)
- almonds sliced almonds (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 175°C (350F) and lightly spray a donut tray with non-stick spray.
- In a medium-bowl, sift flour, salt, and baking powder, mix well and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix melted butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix well (2-3 minutes). Add milk and ricotta and mix well to combine.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in two additions, mixing after each addition until just combined. Do not over-mix the batter. Batter should be thick.
- Place batter into a piping bag and snip off the tip. Pipe batter into donut tray cavities, filling until ⅔ full.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and donuts are slightly golden brown. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish off cooling. In the meantime, prepare white chocolate glaze.
- Place diced chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 30 second increments, stirring with a fork after each pause until chocolate is smooth and melted.
- Dip each donut into melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed pistachios or sliced almonds as desired.