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Zippy Zeppoles - Italian Fried Doughnuts

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Mama mia!  Mama would cringe if zeppoles were made this way.

Zeppoles are pieces of sweet fried dough that are coated with powdered sugar.  They are a staple of street vendors at outdoor fairs and a favorite although the prices have gone through the roof for what you get.  They are similar to beignets but you would probably pair this with a nice shot of espresso for dessert.

Not for the calorie conscious.

Step 1: Semi-homemade...

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You can look up the recipe to make this from scratch but we will use a store-bought pancake mix.

Just like a bag of cement, no more drudgery in getting the right amount of binder, aggregate, and fines all conveniently packaged for you to just add water.

You will also need some breadmaking yeast.

A bit of vanilla flavoring, extract or you can steep your own vanilla bean if you want.

A frying pan or pot full of hot oil for frying.

CAUTION: Manipulating a camera, two spoons, a big bowl of batter, a smoking cauldron of boiling oil, and an open flame should be tried...at least once.  Be safe.
 
I love these types of doughnuts! Awesome!