In a large bowl mix the cottage cheese, sugar and baking powder.
Add the eggs, vanilla, salt and lemon zest.
Mix very well to get a smooth as possible.
Slowly add in the flour a little at a time.
If the dough is too moist add more flour, you don’t want the dough to be too sticky.
Heat the oil in a deep fryer or skillet over medium high heat
Make small balls of dough, to fit in the palm of your hand, make into a donut shape with a hole in the middle. Dip into a small bowl of flour.
Make some round balls a bit bigger than the size of the donut hole. Dip into a small bowl of flour
Fry them in oil until golden brown on both sides.
Remove onto a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
Assemble the donut with some sour cherry preserve on top add the small ball on top of that, sprinkle with some powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream or sour cream on top.
Serve while warm.