Italian Pizza Fritta Fried Dough

Friday, April 1, 2016

Italian Traditional Fried Feast Dough, Italian Pizza Fritta or well known as Zeppole!



this is  an Italian Fried bread dough also know as zeppole fried in oil and sprinkled with sugar or powdered sugar found at most Catholic feasts and carnivals



this is  an  Zeppole Italian Fried bread dough fried in oil and sprinkled with sugar or powdered sugar found at most Catholic feasts and carnivals



this is Zeppole  an Italian Fried bread dough fried in oil and sprinkled with sugar or powdered sugar found at most Catholic feasts and carnivals




this is  an Italian Fried bread dough fried in oil and sprinkled with sugar or powdered sugar found at most Catholic feasts and carnivals







A powdery wonderful Italian treat to make, we can never make enough of them!



Just like at those old fashioned Italian feasts, oh yeah, back in Upstate NY all summer long you can enjoy these beauties at the local Catholic Church feasts.



You can also enjoy them in your backyard in a cast iron skillet pan right on your own grill.



There's nothing to it!

Here is a recipe, that has been passed down for many generations.


this is  an Italian Fried bread dough fried in oil and sprinkled with sugar or powdered sugar found at most Catholic feasts and carnivals


Fried dough, Zeppole, pizza fritte, pizza fritta, doughnuts and the South call them fritters! Whatever you want to call this, this dough is one of the finest addictions of all Italian treats!



You can never have enough, and once you make it yourself, you will wonder how you lived so long without trying this wonder delicious dough fried with sugar.



It's so simple, but a life long memory and made by most Italians all over the world, especially in East Utica, N.Y.



Growing up in N.Y. this was a specialty treat that was at every Italian feast.



People would be lined up to buy dozens at a time.



this is Zeppole  an Italian Fried bread dough fried in oil and sprinkled with sugar or powdered sugar found at most Catholic feasts and carnivals


They sometimes waited for hours in that line waiting for them to make them fresh right in front of you batch.



They went fast. They put them in a paper bag with powdered sugar or regular sugar on them.



Everyone knew it was worth the wait! But boy did it piss me off as they bought all of them in front of me before I got mine.



I would have to wait so long! But it was worth the wait.




Italian Pizza Fritte, Fritta ( Fried Dough)




4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour or bread flour


1 pk dry yeast dissolved in 2 cups luke warm water


1/2 teaspoon salt


1 tablespoon sugar


4 tablespoons olive oil



Mix until dough forms a smooth dough and if still sticky add a little more flour by tablespoon at a time. Place in a bowl, cover with a towel that has been dampened and wait until double in size as it rises. Stretch out around a two tablespoons of dough into a circle poking a hole in the center like a doughnut. Place on a cookie sheet, lined with wax paper. In the meantime, heat the oil in a fry pan, on medium low heat. Place a little piece of dough, (the size of a dime) in the oil to see if it sizzles and it hot enough. Place the stretched out dough into the oil and fry on both sides until golden brown. Take out of oil when done, place on paper towels to drain oil. Sprinkle with regular white sugar, powdered sugar or flavored sugar such as cinnamon and sugar.



Note: Living in Florida with great weather all year round, we cooked these outside on our grill with a side burner, in a heated cast iron skillet, these are so light, crisp and delicious. Fried dough has been a special treat for years in our family and you will find them at Italian Feasts in Upstate NY to be very popular. Always a great treat. Over the years this one has been passed down from generation to generation and is always a favorite with the children. Of course if you aren't so lucky to have great weather to cook outside, just pour oil in a fry pan and fry your dough on both sides till nice and brown, add sugar and serve!

41 comments

Trix said...

Okay, as fab as that video was, it's missing something .. what could it be?? Oh, I know! I want to see some fabulous glamour! We all demand the fabulousness that will make YOU the next food network star! Put Captain Nemo to work filming you, get that lipstick on, and fry, girl, FRY!

bella said...

Hi! I just found your blog from another blog that I follow, so I came over and LOVE your blog. What a yummie treat you posted today! I remember making these when I was a child with my brother and sisters! I started to follow you and will look forward to more of your delicious recipes and your Italian orientation (I'm Ital.American too). Hope you stop on by too! Ciao e' amore, Roz

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Yummm....I want some for breakfast with my coffee!! :)

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog said...

'm fried, really sweet fried . They are simple and superb, at the same time, yum yum!

Happy weekend!

Gera

Nina's Recipes said...

I'm hungry! :)))

janelle said...

yes... but the problem is I would eat the whole batch!!

pegasuslegend said...

@trix oh yea... Well I need a stunt woman are you up to it miss medieval thing? I am not meant for stardom and captain Nemo can only steer a boat lol. Thanks for the fun comment you are too funny!
@bella thank you for your wonderful note that is so sweet I am going to check out your blog asap! Appreciate your follow :)
@Daydreamer thanks for stopping by and thank you!
@Gera thanks and you do the same

ncl117 said...

this looks so good - quite addictive! I would eat the batch if I made this..i bet my hubby would help too!

Drick said...

I know I would like your version better than the canned, homemade is always better - Italian beignets, would love a plate now ....that Trix, funny girl...

redkathy said...

I remember eating these for breakfast when I was a kid. They look so yummy Claudia!

My Little Space said...

OMG...these look truely mouthwatering! Yummm...

Mae said...

Look at you go, girl!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Deep fried heaven!

CCR
=:~)

Ruth said...

Hmm These are just my kind of sweet. Easy to make and not to sweet, not to mention addictive! Well done you on the video too!

Giovanna said...

I love these, every so often we'll make them and they are gone in one day!

Bianca @southbay rants n raves said...

This post made me gain weight!!

ARLENE said...

Whether it's fried dough or zeppole, it's heavenly! My family used to make a savoury version at Christmas with anchovies in them. Not for me, but those who like "hairy fish" swore by them. I'll take the fishless, sugared ones any day.

Cookin' Canuck said...

Gorgeous! These definitely deserve a line of people waiting for them.

MaryMoh said...

I can have this for afternoon tea. Looks delicious.

Claudia said...

Oh beautiful. Yes, they are in all the Italian feasts.Addictive, sweet,warm and yummy Italian goodness.

April Cavin said...

Oh, I could so get into trouble with a plate of these...

kathyvegas said...

This really reminds me of my grandmother...she was always frying up some kind of dough for me and my cousins. Brings back happy memories!

Ed Schenk@ Detroit Eats said...

You can't beat fried dough for a quick snack!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

Fried dough is truly one of the best treats! Excellent video.

MaryMoh said...

I think it's fun to eat and lovely to eat. I would love to try sometime. Would be so good with a cup of coffee.

Belinda @zomppa said...

That's a cute version. Isn't it awesome that almost everywhere has fried dough. Oh, I'm with Trix...Food Network!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

YUM! This would cure my sweet tooth!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Oh, my goodness! Fried, sugary - what an treat. These would go over so well at my house.

Magic of Spice said...

Oh yes... sugared fried food :) These look so good!

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Katty's Kitchen said...

Your title totally grabbed me...I LOVE pizza fritte! And never thought to make it outside on the grill. Growing up, we made it in the fryalator with extra dough at my uncle's restaurant. Talk about sweet memories! Mmmmm!

The Food Hunter said...

great video!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

I could overdose on these. Just lovely!

Cinnamon Girl said...

Such heavenly treats! I hope you saved me a few! Loved the video too!

Angie's Recipes said...

Cool! I love these pizza fritta! It's called Berliner here in Germany, only filled with jam.

Wish you a wonderful weekend!
Angie

Dina said...

i love fried dough!

Lauren @ Delicateflavors said...

Oh my they look good. Anything deep fried with sugar is A-OK in my book. :)

Suzanne (You Made That?) said...

Claudia, the video was great, love to hear your voice it helps to get to know you better but lets see your lovely face! How do you stay so thin making all the yummy food you do?

Joanne said...

Oh my goodness, I can taste them now. Great recipe to share Claudia.

AMR said...

This recipe just saved a pregnant lady in the midst of a craving for pizza fritte!

Thank you, thank you!

Lisa said...

My great aunt made it the second way when I was a kid. I always begged her to make them. My version with the biscuits is to use a soda bottle cap and make them like donuts with donut holes to match. You do have to watch them because they will burn quick in the hot oil. Then I dredge them in a mixtue of homemade cinnamon sugar. It satisifies my sweet tooth and my friends, too.

I also remember going to local church picnics & festivals and always buying pizza fritta, 3 at a time with plain sugar. It was always a treat. The older woman & men was always behind the stands making the dough, frying, and dredging them in sugar. For some reason, I remember them as being rectangular with a cut in the middle, not like the one pictured. Since I moved away, I don't know if it has been passed on to the younger generations.

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