Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Apple Zeppole/Fried Dough Balls

Zeppole is a light deep fried dough balls. These Zeppole also know as Italian donuts and it is usually eat with dusted powdered sugar or simply filled it with custard, jelly or pastry cream. I made these with some grated apples to give it some extra sweet tanginess and it is great for afternoon snacks with a cup of cappuccino.


½ stick/4 tbsp of butter
1 cup water
3 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
1 cup flour
3 eggs
1 green apple – grated and squeeze out water

Toss together:

4 tbsp of sugar + 1 tsp of cinnamon powder

1. In a medium size saucepan combine the butter, salt, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Take saucepan off the heat and stir in the flour. Return saucepan to the heat and stir continuously until mixture forms a ball, about 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Transfer the flour mixture to the mixer. Whisk the dough for a minute to cool it down a bit. Add eggs, 1 at a time, incorporating each egg completely before adding the next one. . Beat until smooth. Add in the apple. Mix well and set it aside.
3. Pour enough oil into a frying pan. Heat the oil over medium heat. Using a small ice-cream scooper or 2 small spoons, carefully drop about a tablespoon of the dough into oil. Turn the balls once or twice and fry until golden brown. Removed and drain the oil on paper towel.
4. Toss the Zeppole in the cinnamon sugar. Serve immediately.


Quinn said...

Who would have thought of apples in these balls Gertrude. They look like little donut balls coated in sugar to me, yummy when served warm!!!!!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Oh, my kids definitely will like this, very similar to Malaysian style of donut, must make them in one day.

Angie's Recipes said...

I bet they are delicious! In Germany they are called Berliner, which is filled with jam.

Farrah said...

I wouldn't have thought to grate the apples. Those look great. Would like to try them with some Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Zurin said...

mmm sounds like they are like churros but round! mmm yummy

ann low said...

Apple and cinnamon are always working well together. Gonna bookmark this..

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

NIIIICE! The addition of apples it a wonderful idea, instead of jam. It contrasts nicely with the sugar. Another great one from you, Gert!

Pei-Lin said...

Oh, these fritters are perfect for a wintry afternoon snack!! Apples in doughnuts!? I can't resist it!!


Memória said...

These zeppole look great!! I love your addition of apple. YUM!

Cheah said...

These look awesome, resemble doughnuts! Great with coffee!

Cooking Foodie said...

These look so yum. And great photos too - I wish I could pick one off the post. Will definitely be making these...

Zue Murphy said...

This is a great idea to add natural sweetness from the apples. My office mate gave me a big bag of apples, I could use some on this recipe.

tracieMoo said...

whoops~ is this like cekodok pisang? or something similiar replaced with apples? Sounds and certainly looks delicious!

mycookinghut said...

Nice.. small donuts like this... easy to eat.. love it!

ICook4Fun said...

Quinn, yes this is great and it is much lighter than donuts.

Sonia, I am sure they will like this.

Angie, yes you can filled this with jam.

Farrah, the grated apple give this zeppole taste even better.

Zurin, yes the method of making this is like churros.

Anncoo, hope you like this.

Ju, yes if you add jam it will be a bit too sweet for me.

Pei-Lin, yes this is great with a cup of coffee especially in our cold weather :)

Memoris, thanks for dropping by.

ICook4Fun said...

Cheah, yes it is like donuts but a lighter version.

Cooking Foodie, thank you :)

Zue, let me know how yours turn out. Hope you like it :)

Tracie, yes similar to cekodok. The next time I make this I am going to add some bananas to it.

Leemei, yes it is :)

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

would love to sink my teeth into the miniture ball right now.I bet it's taste delicious and moist!!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yummy Yummy I love this! This is one dessert I couldn't pass in the buffet table.

Anonymous said...

Hi.. May I check what flour did you use for this recipe?

Unknown said...

I changed the recipe a lil for my taste Instead of just straight water i used the squeezed juice of 2 apples around 6-7oz and with that some grated nutmeg and cinnamon all which i let reduce into a light syrup and with the flower i added 1/2 tsp of baking powder
Really good


Divya T. said...

If there are leftovers, are these supposed to be refrigerated or are they okay to stay outside at room temperature?