Do you ever just crave a good donut?? I sooooo do – more often that I probably should admit. While I love making baked cake donuts & they are still my favorite – I truly enjoy a fried goodie every once in a while. So I decided to go back to my old book of recipes (some I have not made in what seems like forever) & make some donuts that I know I love.
You see- one night I headed to the couch because the grumble of the grizzly bear was keeping me awake. Then around 5 am the grizzly bear came to wake me & try to bring me back to bed. Well at that point the coffee had already brewed (& I could smell it) & I knew I shouldn’t put off work any longer. So it was not back to bed for me – it was get to work time. But the first thing that ran through my head as he was nudging me awake was that I didn’t have any donuts to start my Saturday morning. I did vocalize this in hopes that he would be ever so sweet & head out to get me some. No go. So I just had to resort to making my own.
I found that if I dip them in Mocha Dulce de Leche – it’s REALLY GOOD. 🙂
Check out how easy it is to make Zeppole!
- 1 cup warm water 110-115 degrees
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- Peanut Oil for frying
- Confectioners Sugar
- Mocha Dulce de Leche for dipping
- Sprinkle the yeast & sugar over the water in a measuring cup. Stir until the yeast dissolves.
- In large bowl - combine the flour & salt.
- Add the yeast mixture & stir with a large spoon until well blended.
- Cover with plastic wrap & place in warm spot for 1-1/2 hours to rise. (I like to run the dryer for about 5 minutes & then turn off & place my dough inside to allow to rise)
- Pour about 2 inches of oil in deep, heavy stockpot or deep fryer.
- Heat oil until temp reaches 375 degrees or until the dough sizzles when dropped in.
- Drop the dough by the tablespoon into the hot oil. Do not place too many in at one time- they need space to float around.
- Cook zeppole until golden brown & puffed.
- Remove from oil with large metal slotted spoon & drain on paper towels.
- Repeat with remaining dough
- Once drained- place in paper sack with some confectioners sugar & shake until coated. For a lighter zeppole- you can just sprinkle with confectioners sugar instead. (This is what I did knowing I was going to dip them)
- Serve immediately
These would also be great dipped in this Coffee Bean Syrup
It’s made with coffee 🙂
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