Sfingi are deep-fried doughnut-like puffs that are made throughout Italy—especially in Sicily. They are made for as a devotion to Saint Joseph.
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour – 2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar – 1/2 tsp cinnamon – 1/8 tsp salt – 4 large eggs
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract – 1 pound fresh homemade ricotta
1 qt oil for frying (may need more depending on size of your pan or deep fryer)
Glaze: 1 cup honey – 2 Tbsp water – Powdered sugar for sprinkling. Sift flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon into a medium bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs and vanilla with a fork or electric mixer for 30 seconds.
Batter should be thick. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
Drop batter by rounded teaspoonfuls into oil–about 4 at a time. Fry until puffed to a golden brown. They will double in size.
Remove when finished with a slotted spoon–you may have to check them–about 3-4 minutes each. They will usually flip over on their own. Heat honey with the water in the microwave for about 1 minute.