4 to 6 cups vegetable oil
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 cup whole-milk ricotta
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons ganulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Confectioners sugar for dusting
Heat 1 1/2 inches oil in a large wide heavy sauce pan until it registers 370º.
Meanwhile, whick togethr flour, baking powder, zest and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl.
Whisk together ricotta, eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla in another bowl, then whick in flour mixture.
Working in batches, gently drop a level teaspoon of batter into the heated oil and fry, turning occassionally until deep golden, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
Dust generously with confectioners sugar.