Combine the dry ingredients in large bowl. Whisk wet ingredients in a separate mixing bowl. If using dry yeast, add it to the melted butter. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture, 1/3 at a time, until combined.
In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough vegetable oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 375 degrees F.
Drop tablespoons of the batter in batches into the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the zeppoles to paper towels to drain. Let cool on a wire rack.
Dip the zeppoles in the maple glaze, or your choice of powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, sprinkles, or bacon toppings. Arrange on a serving platter and serve.
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In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar and vanilla. Whisk in enough maple syrup to create a thick glaze. Add more sugar or maple syrup to achieve the consistency and taste you prefer.
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Recipe courtesy of Manouschka Guerrier, 2010