Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 30 mins

Recipe from my mother's recipe box.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sprinkle yeast into water.
  2. Let stand for a few minutes; then stir till dissolved.
  3. Beat in egg, flour, and salt.
  4. When smooth, cover and let stand in a warm place until doubled in bulk.
  5. Beat down, and let rise until doubled again.
  6. Drop by Tablespoonfuls into 1 inch of hot (375°F) oil.
  7. When browned on one side, turn and brown on other side.
  8. Drain on absorbent paper.
  9. Can be rolled in, or sprinkled with sugar.
  10. Tablespoons of dough can be formed around pieces of fruit, or raisins can be mixed into the dough before frying. Ricotta cheese is a personal favorite.


Most Helpful

This recipe is wonderful. My husband's family is from Bari, Italy, and always made the non-sweet zeppoles for Christmas Eve. Our recipe uses 5 pounds of flour. I'm so glad to find this recipe, which is so light and delicious. Thanks, Marie!!

SheilaAnne December 21, 2003

I was actually looking for beignet recipes but couldn't find any on Zaar so went for the Italian equivalent. While very yummy and easy to make they do take a little more time and didn't turn out as light. But definitely worth a go.

Missy Wombat September 30, 2006

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