3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon mandarin or orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup minced pitted dates
1 (3.1-ounce) disc Mexican or bittersweet chocolate, such as Ibarra, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces*
1 cup whole- milk ricotta cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Vegetable oil for frying
Powdered sugar for dusting
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