Italian fried bread dough is traditionally part of an Italian Christmas Eve celebration.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat about 3 inches of oil in a saucepan to 375 degrees F (119 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes.

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  • Sir the remaining 1/2 cup water into the bowl. Add flour, beating vigorously until a soft dough forms.

  • Turn the dough out onto a smooth surface, and knead with greased hands until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 1 to 1/1/2 hours.

  • Fry golf ball sizes of dough in batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, and eat while still hot.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

102.9 calories; 1.5 g protein; 10.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw this recipe on this site!! My family has made Zeppolis ever since I can remember!!! These are very good - they kind of taste like funnel cake balls!! YUM!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/17/2006
3 C. self rising flour, 4T. sugar, 2 eggs, 1 C. milk and 1 lb. ricotta cheese...these are the ingredients for a truly awesome zeppoli batter! Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw this recipe on this site!! My family has made Zeppolis ever since I can remember!!! These are very good - they kind of taste like funnel cake balls!! YUM!!!! Read More
(41)
Rating: 1 stars
12/16/2006
3 C. self rising flour, 4T. sugar, 2 eggs, 1 C. milk and 1 lb. ricotta cheese...these are the ingredients for a truly awesome zeppoli batter! Read More
(71)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw this recipe on this site!! My family has made Zeppolis ever since I can remember!!! These are very good - they kind of taste like funnel cake balls!! YUM!!!! Read More
(41)
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Rating: 1 stars
01/18/2004
Frustrating bit of information. You need a lot more than 1-1/2 cups of flour with 1 cup of water to form a dough you can knead properly prior to rising. Try 2-1/2 cups flour. 1 cup of water and 1-1/2 cups of flour is a sticky mess if that's what you want. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2004
It's pretty good but once again its just fried bread with sugar on top. It surprised me I think its better than 3 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
I've made this several times and I love it the rewards you reap from this and having people inhale it. My family loves it I've even used sugar and Cinnamon to toss it in and it's so yummy. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/21/2006
the dough was very soft and sticky but the worst part was they were so flat. I think some salt needed to be added. I actually think it was left out by mistake. My mother always made thses (on Christmas eve) as a savory and they were wonderful. They did not need powdered sugar. I was very disappointed. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2004
Dough had no taste to it and was too sticky Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2012
I think plain is just okay but if you add some chocolate chips inside these bad boys before you fry them you will have a whole different kind of yummy. With the chocolate you don't miss having sugar in the dough and the powdered sugar is still the perfect topper. This way they are balls of warm chocolate yumminess! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/14/2010
Sorry these didn't work out for us. It's very yeasty tasting and very bland. Read More
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