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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!

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  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


Servings 12
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 120mins


Step 1

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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