Also known as Zeppole, Sfinci are traditional Sicilian donuts. They are a specialty of Palermo! These delicious donuts are light and fluffy and ricotta in them makes them creamy. They are perfect for any occasion! Although they can be eaten any time of the year, they are commonly made to be eaten on the 19th of March which is the holy day of San’ Giuseppe (St Joseph), and also on Christmas.  

Ingredients:

  •  (1 cup) fresh ricotta
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of caster sugar
  • 2 eggs whisked lightly
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • Honey 

Directions:

  1. Add milk and sugar to a saucepan on medium heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. (about 3 minutes) Remove pan from heat. Whisk in eggs and the ricotta. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and vanilla sugar. Next, fill a sperate deep pan with oil and heat to 375. Drop about 4 tablespoons of the mix into the hot oil.
  2. Cook dough in the oil for about 3 minutes or until it has become golden. When the dough is done frying, place it on a plate lined with paper towels using a slotted spoon. Continue until all the dough has cooked and remember to reheat the oil between batches! Drizzle honey over them and enjoy!

 

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24 thoughts on “Sfinci Recipe (Traditional Sicilian Donuts)

    1. It says 1 cup and to whisk it in along with eggs after sugar has been dissolved in milk on the stove but take the pot off the heat when you whisk in the ricotta and eggs.

  1. Grape Seed oil because it has one of the highest burn points of any natural food oil. Add the ricotta and egg when the sugar dissolves but remove from heat just before adding egg and ricotta cheese.

  2. Can any of you actually read? The recipe is typed

    1 cup of fresh ricotta
    VEGETABLE OIL
    1 cup of milk
    1/4 cup of caster sugar
    2 eggs whisked lightly
    2 cups of sifted flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
    Honey

    1. This recipe looks awesome! I am going to make them for my Sicilian friends. Will make my own Caster Sugar too, because it is cheaper, easy to make and definitely easier to find. 😀

    1. Castor sugar is actually super fine sugar.
      Confectioners sugar is sugar with cornstarch. The subject is debatable. I used the superfine sugar. Worked beautifully.

  3. We used to add cooked cauliflower pieces…or ground anchovies to the mixture… these were soo good…!

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