Easy Fried Dough (Pizza Fritte)

Angela (Grammy) Derby


This was one of our favorite treats, growing up. Mom would fry dough for breakfast, lunch or a snack. I've carried this tradition down to my children and grandchildren, and I know they're going to do the same with their families. One of the easiest recipes I can give you, actually, not a recipe at all. Just some simple instructions.


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1 lb
prepared pizza or bread dough (you can purchase this at your local grocery store, or make your own)
vegetable or canola oil for frying
large frying pan with deep sides

How to Make Easy Fried Dough (Pizza Fritte)


  • 1Pour about 1" of oil into frying pan, and heat to medium-high. (A tip for knowing when your oil is ready: tear off a tiny piece of bread and when it floats to the top and has bubbly sides it’s ready. You don’t want it sinking to the bottom.)
  • 2Place dough on floured board and press down to even out a bit. Cut into 8 equal pieces. Put a little flour on your hands (so the dough won't stick) and gently stretch out the dough as far as it will go, without ripping it.
  • 3Carefully place into the hot oil, cook about a minute (goes fast) or until the side down is golden, then turn over and brown the other side. (Never leave the stove when you're frying something. I learned the hard way, and burned down my first house. Yeah, true story!)
  • 4Use tongs to remove onto a paper towel or brown paper bag, to drain off any excess oil.
    Immediately sprinkle on cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar or spread on some butter, and various other toppings, if desired. Serve warm.
  • 5Your choice of toppings are endless:
    Powdered sugar
    Granulated sugar
    Cinnamon sugar

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About Easy Fried Dough (Pizza Fritte)

Course/Dish: Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian

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