Zeppole (Ricotta Puffs)

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2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup Miceli's Ricotta Cheese
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioners sugar for dusting

Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375°F.

In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in the eggs, ricotta cheese and vanilla. Mix gently over low heat until combined. Batter will be sticky.

Drop by Tablespoons into the hot oil a few at a time. Zeppole will turn over on their own. Fry until golden brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Drain in a paper sack and dust with confectioners sugar. Serve warm.