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Orange ricotta doughnuts with honey and thyme

Orange ricotta doughnuts with honey and thyme are a simple sweet treat that are incredibly delicious and moreish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 20 doughnuts
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Emily Kemp


  • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 1 orange and a sqeeze of juice
  • 8.8 oz (250g) whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 free range eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp floral orange honey (normal runny honey will do)
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme
  • icing sugar for dusting
  • 35 fl oz (1 litre) sunflower oil


  • Add the oil in a medium sized saucepan over a medium heat.  Meanwhile using a hand whisk, whisk together the eggs, ricotta and orange zest and juice until combined and smooth.Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix together until combined.
  • Using a tablespoon scoop up a spoon of batter and slowly place it into the oil using a teaspoon to edge it off. Repeat this in batches of around 5 or 6 at a time for around 5-7 minutes each doughnut.They will naturally turn around themselves. Drain on kitchen paper.
  • In a small saucepan heat the honey and thyme for 1-2 minutes until warmed and very runny. Place the doughnut holes/balls on a serving plate and drizzle with the honey and thyme. Dust over some icing sugar and serve.


Best served at room temperature. Store in a container for up to 1 day.
Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.
*calories per doughnut


Calories: 77kcal