Cream ricotta with a stand/hand mixer. Add vanilla Add eggs one at a time and combine well after adding each egg.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined (do not over mix) Let batter stand for 1/2 hour at room temperature
Heat up frying oil in a deep pan (about 2/3rds) the way full to about 365 degrees F (Aprox 6 1/2 cups frying oil). Test with a thermometer and when oil reaches 365 degrees F carefully drop by teaspoonfuls into the oil. Fry 4 at a time. Flip over to cook both sides. Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
Shake or roll in confectionary sugar, cinnamon sugar or eat plain.
Keep oil at 365 degrees - if too hot the outside will cook and the inside will be raw
Test one to start and adjust temperature of oil if needed