How to Make Zeppole


Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 8

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Zeppole is a deep-fried doughnut with an Italian twist. Similar to traditional doughnuts, zeppoles are dusted with powdered sugar; however, they have ricotta cheese incorporated into the dough, which gives them a creamy texture. You have lots of fillings to choose from, giving you the option of a sweet or savory snack.


  • Zeppole

    • Vegetable oil for frying
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 cup ricotta cheese
    • Superfine sugar, for garnish

    Chocolate Cream Filling

    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, to taste
    • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, pieces
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Making the Doughnuts

  • Pour about 2 inches of vegetable oil into a heavy sauté pan over a medium heat.

    In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla extract.

    Whisk the milk, eggs and ricotta cheese into the bowl and combine well until you get a sticky dough.

    When the oil is about 370 degrees Fahrenheit, scoop 1 tablespoon of dough into the hot oil for each zeppole. Fry about 4 zeppoles at a time, depending on the size of your saucepan. Fry the dough for about 2 to 3 minutes or until all sides are golden brown.

    Transfer the fried zeppoles onto a tray lined with two layers of paper towels and garnish them generously with superfine sugar; serve warm.

Making Chocolate Cream Filling

  • Pour the cream and brown sugar into a saucepan and place it over medium-high heat.

    Whisk every minute or two and remove from the stove when it's near a boil. Mix in the dark chocolate, butter and cornstarch until the mixture is smooth.

    Fill a piping bag with the chocolate cream filling while it's still warm. Insert a small nozzle and pipe some filling into the zeppole. Repeat with the other zeppoles and serve.


  • Garnish your zeppoles with cherries, cinnamon, honey or caramelized sugar.

    Place one anchovy into each dough ball for a savory zeppole variation.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Stefano Venturi/iStock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Make a Yeast Starter

    Wild yeast lives in the air all around you, ready to begin feeding on flour so you can capture it for making...

  • How to Make Bread Chewy

    Chewy bread has a strong gluten network. When baking this type of bread choose ingredients and mixing techniques that contribute to the...

  • How to Cook Cactus Leaves

    Edible cactus leaves, commonly referred to as napoles in whole form and napolitos when chopped, respond best to simmering and deep frying....

  • Restaurants at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas

    The Gaylord Texan Hotel is located six minutes away from Dalls-Fort Worth International Airport. Overlooking Lake Grapevine, the hotel is known for...

Related Searches

Check It Out

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Sides That'll Make Turkey Insignificant

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!