Italian Sfingi (Italian Doughnuts)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

These Sicilian doughnuts are delicious served warm! The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks titled "Cucina Deliziosa", which was compiled by the Charity Guild of Saint Joseph in Houston, Texas.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  2. Add eggs, water, and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Drop batter by tablespoons in hot, deep oil.
  4. If oil is hot enough, sfingi will cook and turn over without help.
  5. If not, turn with a large spoon to brown on both sides.
  6. Add as many sfingi that will fit in skillet or deep-fryer.
  7. Fry until golden brown.
  8. Drain on paper towels.
  9. Combine powdered sugar and cinnamon.
  10. Sprinkle warm sfingi with powdered sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  11. Delicious served warm!
Most Helpful

I was so excited to find this recipe. We had enjoyed these at the Italian Festival in Houston...glad to find the exact recipe served at the Festival.

1001134 October 24, 2008

very easy and good! Instead of vanilla I added a bit of rose water and orange blossom water to the batter.After frying,I filled them with jam and rolled in powdered sugar.Thank you for posting.

Baker30 February 08, 2010

Excellent. We loved these as kids when our Sicilian grandmother made these for us. I have been looking for a recipe for years. It is true...these will flip over in the oil on their own. I remember that from a little girl. Thanks for posting. Mangia!

mzflynn November 20, 2009