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Zeppole [ZEHP-poh-leh] is an Italian doughnut-type pastry found at most East Coast fairs and carnivals. Light and airy, zeppoles are great as both a brunch offering or an afternoon treat.


Zeppole are a traditional Italian treat of light, fluffy doughnuts filled with pastry cream and topped with a candied sour cherry.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Fried Dough, Giuseppe pastry, pastry Cream, Pizza Dough, Zeppole Di San Giuseppe, Zeppole Pastry
Servings: 20
Calories: 73kcal



  • 2 qt. Vegetable oil


  • 1 lb. Purchased pizza dough, divided into golf ball-sized portions
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Raspberry jam
  • Fresh raspberries


  • Heat oil in a 7–8 quart pot over medium-high to 375°.
  • Stretch and flatten dough pieces.
  • Drop dough into oil 1 piece at a time; fry in batches of 4 or 5 until puffed and golden brown, 1–2 minutes per side. Drain fried dough on a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Repeat frying with remaining dough.
  • Serve fried dough warm with whipped cream, jam, and raspberries


Per serving, Calories: 73

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories73
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 4g 7%
    • Sodium 76mg 4%
    • Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
      • Protein 2g 4%

        * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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