Orange and Chocolate Zeppole

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Orange Zeppole:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Orange Sugar:
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Chocolate Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips
  • For the Orange Zeppole:
Directions
For the Orange Zeppole:

In a medium saucepan combine the butter, salt, sugar, and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the flour. Return the pan to low heat and stir continuously until the mixture forms a ball, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Using an electric hand mixer on low speed, add eggs, 1 at a time, incorporating each egg completely before adding the next. Add the orange zest and beat until smooth. Set aside.

For the Orange Sugar:

Place the orange zest and sugar in a food processor. Pulse the machine until the mixture is blended. Set the sugar into a wide and shallow dish. Set

aside.

Pour enough oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F.

Using a small ice-cream scoop or 2 small spoons, carefully drop about a tablespoon of the dough into the hot oil. Turn the zeppole once or twice, cooking until golden and puffed up, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked zeppole to the dish with the Orange Sugar. Roll to coat in the sugar. Continue frying the remaining dough.

For the Chocolate Sauce:

Heat the cream in a small saucepan until hot but not boiling. Pour cream over the chocolate and stir until the mixture is smooth. Transfer the Chocolate Sauce into a dipping dish. Serve the zeppole alongside the Chocolate Sauce for dipping.


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