Last week, I was in Publix and fresh pizza dough was on sale for $2! Fresh, yummy pizza dough that I didn’t have to make tonight? YES PLEASE! Problem is, we actually had pizza the night before so I decided to use the dough for a dessert instead.
Initially, I thought cinnamon rolls, but time escaped me so I improvised. I thought back to my Jersey girl days and how I used to love going to the St. Anne’s festival. They had the BEST zeppoles (Italian doughnuts). So, that’s what I made – a small fried ball of pizza dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar and topped with powdered sugar.
In just 15 minutes, I had the most decadent dessert. I better watch myself because in minutes, I ate half the batch. 🙂 Everything in moderation… except tonight.
Try dipping these in some Nutella. It gives them that extra special yum! Trust me. 🙂
Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes (Zeppoles)
- 3 cups vegetable oil
- 1 lb. fresh pizza dough
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Powdered sugar, for serving
- In deep heavy 3-quart saucepan, heat oil to 350.
- Meanwhile, cut pizza dough into 24 small pieces. Roll each piece into ball; set aside.
- In small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon (At this point you can either set it aside or you can roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture before frying).
- Carefully place dough balls into hot oil; cook about 30 seconds or until light golden brown.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to bowl with sugar-cinnamon and shake until doughnuts are coated (this would be the second coating if doing it twice). Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve warm. Enjoy!
Adapted from: pillsbury.com