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Fritti (Italian Donuts) - Videos included

Makes 30 - 35 Fritti

Fritti was something my zia Nina made every time I saw her. She lives in California and therefore when she visited or I visited, it was a must do. I am so thankful that many years ago I had her show me how to make them as it does take getting used to the dough to get them right. It is so important to get air into them so they don't become doughy instead of airy and light and fluffy.

Because they are deep fried, I make these at the cabin on an outdoor burner. There is something about making them outdoors in cold, rainy or hot weather that just makes them so much better. In the video's you will see there is lots of background noise as I spent the holidays with my kids and their four boys and let me tell you they never stop, which is a great thing!

NOTE: you will need a second person to help with frying the donuts


1/4 cup warm water

1 tsp instant yeast

6 ½ cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

5 eggs

2 cups warm milk

2 Bacel oil bottles for deep frying


  1. Add yeast to warm water and stir, let sit for five minutes

  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and salt

  3. Make a well in the middle and add eggs and yeast mixture

  4. Using your hands break eggs and start mixing eggs and yeast mixture into the flour

  5. Slowly pour milk into the flour mixture and incorporate all the flour until you have a sticky dough

The following 2 videos shows this step

  1. Lift and flip the dough until you have air bubble forming, it will take about 10 minutes before you are done.

The following video shows these steps

  1. Once done loosely cover the dough with saran wrap and top with a couple of tea towels (note, I didn’t do this but suggest you do, pat some oil on the dough before covering with saran so the dough won’t stick to the saran when taking it off)

  2. Place somewhere warm such as a stove with the oven on or like I show in the video near a fireplace

The following video shows these steps

  1. After two hours you will see the dough doubled in size

  2. Take off the saran and we will need to punch it down by lifting and flipping it like you did the first time. This will get the bubbles happening again

  3. Note it won’t take more than a couple of minutes to see them

  4. Once done, coat the dough with a little oil before covering with saran wrap so the dough won’t stick and top with tea towels

  5. Place in warm spot for two hours or until the dough has tripled in size

In the meantime prepare your area for deep frying

  1. I use Bacel oil for deep frying as it doesn’t produce any odors when frying and I find the fritti doesn’t absorb it too much. Using a large sauce pan pour two containers of oil and set aside

  2. Line an extra-large bowl or roaster with paper towel, keep paper towels on hand

  3. Add 1 cup oil in a small bowl to use when making the donuts

  4. Set a long fork or tongs next to the sauce pan to stir and scoop the fritti

  5. Fill a bowl with sugar for dipping

The following video has these steps

  1. When you are ready to make the fritti, place oil filled sauce pan on burner and heat oil until you see it starting to swirl. You can take a tiny piece of dough and place it in the sauce pan, if the dough pops to the top and is bubbly, you are ready to cook the fritti

  2. Oil your hands and grab a handful of dough and make a hole in the dough rotating the dough in your hands so you have a donut shape

  3. Place it in the pot and have your partner use the fork or tongs to open and twirl around the center of the fritti hole so that it opens up

  4. Add three to four fritti at a time so you don’t have them sticking together and they have room to grow

  5. Once they have a golden brown colour on the one side flip them over and golden brown the second side. They come in all shapes and sizes

  6. Take out of pot and place in paper towel lined pan

The following video has this step

  1. As you fill up the first layer of fritti, lay another layer of paper towel on top of the fritti and keep doing this until you are done

Finally take the warm fritti and dip it in sugar and enjoy the hot fritti. You can also add cinnamon to the sugar.


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