Donuts -Zeppole

Donuts are delicious any time of year. Especially at Hanukkah they are served as part of a holiday meal. I am giving you a recipe for Italian donuts that is super easy. However, I am also going to share an easy hacks with you.

I truly hope you will take the time to make these zeppole, but if you need a quick donut you can purchase ready made pizza dough. I pull of pieces and roll them in to balls. Then you can fry them up in oil or bake them. Once they are done, cut a little X in one end and fill with jam or filling of your choice. This also works with canned biscuit dough. The trick is to brush or spray with a tiny bit of neutral oil and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or confectioners sugar while still hot.

Here is an original recipe for zeppole. Let me know your favorite donut tricks!

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A quick hack for donuts on Hanukkah.
Course: Endings
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: donut, hanukkah
Servings: 3 3 donuts per person


  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • oil for frying
  • FIllings of your choice


  • In a heavy saucepan combine the sugar, butter, salt and water. Bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and gradually add flour.
  • Put pan over a low heat and stir until it forms a ball. This really varies in time, but typically about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer dough to a medium bowl and then using a hand mixer, beat in eggs one at a time. Be sure to completely incorporate each egg, before adding the next.
  • Beat until batter it is thick and smooth.
  • At this point you can fry immediately or cover and refrigerate, overnight.
  • Pour enough oil into a large pan, I used a dutch oven, to give you a depth of about 2 inches. This is a lot of oil. You can save the oil for another cooking purpose. I'm going to use mine to fry latkes.
  • Bring oil to a temp of 375°, using a candy or fry thermometer. It is REALLY important to maintain the 375° temperature. Your donuts will be brown on the outside and doughy on the inside if not.
  • I use a small ice cream scoop but you can use tablespooons to form balls and then drop carefully into oil.
  • Using a "spider" strainer, turn them once or twice so they cook evenly. They should cook in about 5 minutes.
  • Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with powdered sugar or a cinnamon/sugar mix, while they are still hot. This will make the sugar stick.
  • You can serve as is or you serve with dipping sauces like chocolate or caramel.
  • If you want to fill them, make an X with a small knife that goes almost all the way through. Using a round tip and pastry bag, slightly fill each donut, once they are cool. I used Nutella and strawberry jam.



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