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italian zepoole

a recipe by
Beth Pierce
Old Monroe, MO

Italian Zeppole are easy to make yeast dough balls that are fried and coated in powdered sugar. Authentic balls are made with just seven easy ingredients. They are best right after they are fried while they are warm, crispy on the outside, soft in the middle, and covered in powdered sugar. Fry yourself up a fresh batch today and impress your family.

serves 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For italian zepoole

  • 1 c
    warm water
  • 1 tsp
    active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • powdered sugar for dusting

How To Make italian zepoole

  • 1
    Sprinkle the yeast into the water and let it sit on the top for about 30-60 seconds. Add the sugar and stir it all together. Let it sit until it becomes foamy and frothy; approximately 7-10 minutes.
  • 2
    Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt. Add the water mixture to the flour mixture. Add the oil and using a spatula work the dough for several minutes to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm part of the kitchen. Let it rise until it is double in size.
  • 3
    Heat 1 inch oil in a heavy stockpot or Dutch oven to 375 degrees. Then using two spoons (one to scoop and one to push it in to the oil) or a small cookie scoop carefully drop six dough balls into the hot oil. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until they are golden brown and puffy. Turn the doughnuts halfway through the cooking process. Remove to paper towels and drain. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. For best results serve warm.
  • 4
    NOTES Let the yeast sit on the top of the water for about 1 minute. Then stir the sugar in and mix it all together. Let the mixture sit until it is foamy and frothy (this procedure is known as blooming yeast). This usually takes about 10 minutes. If it does not foam than the yeast is no good. Discard the mixture and try again with fresh yeast. Work the dough with a spatula so that gluten develops and the water distributes evenly making the doughnuts airy. Use a neutral frying oil with a high smoking point like vegetable, canola, or corn oil. Work in batches so as not to crowd the fryer. To help maintain oil temperature use a heavy pot (they maintain temperature better) and a clip on thermometer. The oil rises when there is nothing in the pot and drops when you add the batter. Turn the heat up or down to try to maintain a somewhat constant oil temperature. A little bump up or down works best. Move the fried doughnuts to a baking sheet covered with paper towels to drain. Sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar or place the powdered sugar in a bag with several of the balls and shake to coat. Zeppole is best served promptly so plan accordingly.