Thursday, May 22, 2008


I love zeppole. They're an ultimativo comfort food if eaten hot and fresh. This recipe is from the May 2008 issue of Bon Appetit.

A zeppola is an Italian fritter. The dough is similar to choux pastry, which is used to form cream puffs, éclairs, and gougères.
Makes about 50
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3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
4 large eggs
Vegetable oil (for frying)

Whisk 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Set aside.
Bring 1 cup water, butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar toboil in heavy medium saucepan, stirring until the butter melts.
Add the flour to mixture and stir until dough forms ball. Cook over medium heat 4 minutes to remove the raw flour taste, stirring constantly. Transfer dough to medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat dough mixture until crumbly, about 1 minute.
Add eggs 1 at a time to dough, blending well between additions to form smooth dough.

Dough can be made 4 hours ahead.
Press plastic wrap directly onto prepared dough and let stand at roomtemperature until ready to use.

Pour enough vegetable oil into heavy large saucepan to reach depth of 2 inches. Attach deep-fry thermometer to side of pan.
Heat oil to 350°F. Working in batches, scoop rounded teaspoonful of dough, then use second teaspoon to scrape dough into oil. Cook dough balls until puffed and golden brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer fritters to paper towels to drain.
Toss zeppole in cinnamon sugar or icing sugar and serve warm.

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