Thursday, November 26, 2009

Eggless Zeppoles

Zeppole or zapplas are Italian version of doughnuts and are light,deep fried yeasted flour dough balls.They are toppled with powdered sugar and can also be filled with honey-butter,cream etc.They can be savoury as well in which case they are filled with anchovy.

I had bookmarked the zeppole recipe from SunshineMom where she made a vegan version of zapplas.I followed the recipe as such except that I used diary ingredients and so its not vegan,but eggless.I dipped them in coffee syrup,chocolate and normal powdered sugar.Hearty warm doughnuts are welcome anytime this winter.

Milk: 3/4 cup - 1 cup
Vanilla : few drops
Sugar :2 tbsp +
Butter: 1.5 tbsp
CornStarch: 1 tsp

All Purpose Flour: 30 tbsp
CornStarch: 2 tbsp
Instant Yeast: 1 tsp
Salt: a pinch

Vegetable Oil: frying

Powdered Sugar
Melted Chocolate
Coffee syrup

In a saucepan mix together 1/2 cup milk,vanilla and 1 tsp cornstarch.Heat this on lowfire stirring till the sauce thickens. Add to it the butter and sugar and stir well till it reaches a custard like consistency.Let it cool to room temp.After adding butter and sugar,I removed it immediately from heat as the mix as warm enough to melt the butter.

In another big bowl,whisk together flour,cornstarch,yeast and salt.To this add the milk mixture and knead to form a dough adding more milk as needed.It took me another 4-6 tbsp apart from the 1/2 cup already added.Put the dough on a lighlty floured surface and knead gently into a soft smooth dough.Keep the dough in a greased bowl and let it rise for about 40 minutes or until doubled.

Once doubled,put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently deflate it.Let it rest for a few minutes.Roll out /shape the dough into a long rope and then pinch out lime sized balls from it.Flatten each ball very slightly and create a hole in the centre using the thumb and index finger.

Place the ball on a lined and greased baking sheet. Repeat the same process for rest of the dough pieces,cover them with an oiled plasticwrap and let them rise for another 40 minutes.

They may double or may rise slighlty.Mine actually did not double the first time,but second time,they rose beautifully and doughnut felt very light.

Deep fry the doughnuts in hot vegetable oil.Drain on papertowels and immediately sprinkle/dip them in powdered sugar or whatever you wish.

The zapplas were 'fried pillows of heaven'.No words to describe the taste.They are not sugary sweet when tasted as themselves but sprinkling them with powdered sugar takes care of that.If you like you can increase the sugar as per taste.I dipped then in powdered sugar, then coffee syrup and powdered sugar, and then melted chocolate and added sprinkles.

The zeppoles are very delicious and Thanks H, for the hearty recipe.My zeppoles are not as goodlooking as hers,but perfect in taste.These are going to be a part of T&T:Tongueticklers,an event by Zlamushka and currently hosted by the SingingChef Raga.


Deepthi Shankar said...

wow, this looks beautiful

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely ones

Priya Suresh said...

Wow doughnuts looks too delicious, i also planned this eggless zeppoles from SM's blog, sometimes we think alike CL..

jayasree said...

Looks delicious...
I like the idea of dipping in coffee syrup.

Ally said...

where do yu procure yur colored sprinkles from? Also i wanted to know where to get muffin papers from. I got the cup cake sized ones from Brigade Nilgris. Hoping yu'd help me out with this!
The doughnuts look woooooww!!

Tina said...

Looks beautiful and yummy.......

Devadeva Mirel said...

love zeppoles and love that it is eggless! the inside looks lovely.

Cham said...

It is heaven in plate! Harini has a delicious collections!

Soma said...

I remember Harini's post. yours look real cute with the sprinklers :-)


Toni @ Imperfect Pregnancy said...

Those look fantastic... I've been trying to find a reason to use yeast for something other than bread and this may be the ticket.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

There's something very comforting about warm doughnuts. LOve them wholeheartedly.
Yours look pretty.

Sunshinemom said...

Your zeppoles look delicious, dearie:). I am glad you liked them!

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