Zeppole (or sfinge)

My first experiment with zeppole was a success!  Depending on the region they may be called zeppole or sfinge, but either way you say it, it turns out delicious.  They are alot like beignets but creamier due to the ricotta mixed in.  Look how tasty:

Fried Goodness for San Giuseppe

Here’s the recipe:

1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 pinch cinnamon or nutmeg
2 tsp white sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 qts vegetable oil for frying
confectioners sugar for dusting

    Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in the eggs, ricotta cheese and vanilla. Mix gently over low heat until combined. Batter will be sticky. Drop by tablespoons into the hot oil a few at a time. Zeppole will turn over by themselves. Fry until golden brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Drop on paper towel to soak up the excess oil and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Best when warm of course.

    I’ve read alot of variations on the recipe and some people even add in raisins or dried fruit, or dust with cinnamon and sugar instead of powdered sugar.  I kept it fairly simple but added the cinnamon to the batter for a little pizazz.

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    5 Comments

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    5 responses to “Zeppole (or sfinge)

    1. Those look sooooooo amazing. I want to try!

    2. What are you and Ide doing to me?! All these delicious recipes. I want!

    3. Woman, these look incredibly tempting. I think I will have to make them. I’m sure I’ll end up covered in powdered sugar, as I do with beignets (and somehow, always wearing black clothing).

    4. Kathleen

      Yeah. They are incredibly amazing. And well worth the powdered sugar rain fall.

    5. Pingback: San Giuseppe! « La Vita Curiosa

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