It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a Zeppole!

A zeppole or zeppoli is an Italian donut. Simply put, zeppole is fried dough balls coated in powdered sugar.  When the dough hits the oil they puff up looking  like little “blimps” or “Zeppelins”, hence the name.  My cousin, who lives in Jersey, was talking on Facebook this summer about a trip to the shore.  She didn’t have a very good time, but mentioned “at least we got some good zeppole!”.  I grew up in New Jersey, but moved away 11 years ago.  I forgot all about the zeppole!  I searched the internet for a recipe.  I made them as a special treat for my husband and stepson, and now my husband and I will make them quite often on Saturday mornings.  I found a few versions and tried them, but found that the first recipe I tried was actually the best.

If you have time to spare, you should try this recipe.  It is a bit time-consuming because you must let the dough rest in (2) twenty-minute intervals before frying.  Having an assistant is a good idea.  One to drop the dough in oil and one to watch and remove the donuts when they are a nice golden brown.  Also, be sure to have paper sacks on hand.  One or two grocery size paper sacks to place the donuts on straight from the oil bath and a few lunch size sacks that you will use to shake the donuts with the powdered sugar or, if you prefer, cinnamon and sugar.  Please note: This is not a “kid-friendly” recipe as far as making the donuts.  However, kids will love to help with the shaking.

So, if you have the time, give these donuts a try.  They are a nice alternative to your local donut shop.  Just remember to get your oil nice and hot!


About thestubbiechef

I am married to the greatest man, Brad, who also happens to be the "bestest" friend ever! He loves that my hobby is food, because, well, he loves food! He encourages me and helps me out in the kitchen from time to time. Baking has become a new passion for me. It seems that I make pretty good pies. I like to make cookies as well. I tried my hand at cupcakes, but I don't have the patience to play the waiting game. I have always loved to cook. My Memom is my main influence. I had the pleasure of living with her on 2 separate occasions and learned a lot by just watching and helping. She was also the kind of cook who could open the pantry and throw together something pretty quick. I was so glad that I picked up on that skill. Some of my better meals have been the ones that I just "threw together" what I could scrounge up in the pantry and fridge. Italian cuisine is my first love, growing up in an Italian family and being from New Jersey. I also have dabbled a little in Asian cooking. I am getting pretty good at pork fried rice. My husband grew up in the south, for the most part, so I have been trying my hand at things like chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and the likes. Living in Texas has opened doors into Mexican cuisine, but I think I will leave the tortilla making to the experts. I love to get new recipes and to share new recipes that I have discovered. That is why I wanted to start this blog! I hope to share my experience with others who also love to cook! I hope that you enjoy what you read and keep coming back!

Posted on November 13, 2010, in Cooking, Food, Recipes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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