Although a Christmas Eve Italian tradition, they make a fun treat any time of the year. For best results, make sure to dust with powdered sugar as soon as they are cooked, enjoy!

Deep-fried dough served with a decadent chocolate sauce.

Photo by Pam H.

Deep-fried dough served with a decadent chocolate sauce.

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  • 1

    (¼-ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1

    cup water

  • cups all-purpose flour

  • 1

    quart vegetable oil, for frying

  • 2

    tablespoons confectioners' sugar


Heat about 3 inches of oil in a saucepan at 375°F. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water; set aside for 10 minutes. Stir the remaining 1/2 cup water into the bowl. Add flour, beating vigorously until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a smooth surface, and knead with greased hands until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Fry golf ball sizes of dough in batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, and eat while still hot.


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