Zeppole Italian Donuts
Crack eggs into a medium mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk the eggs until air bubbles start to form.
Add pancake mix, baking powder, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat together with the eggs until the mixture is crumbly.
Next, scoop in the ricotta cheese and fold the mixture until it is smooth.
Heat vegetable oil in a deep dish pot or a dutch oven over medium heat. When it is hot, you are ready to start frying!
Use an ice cream scooper make dough balls and gently drop the balls of dough into the hot oil. *see note below.
Cook the Zeppoles for about 3 minutes each, regularly turning them in the oil. You are looking for them to turn golden brown.
Remove them from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve