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Sfingi "Italian Donuts"

These fried puffy pastries are a traditional Sicilian dessert that is made in celebration of St. Joseph's Day. Sfingi are light, airy and sweetened with sugar.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 48
Calories 437 kcal


  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 cup Flour
  • 9 Eggs Not extra large or jumbo
  • 2 quarts Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar


  • Combine water and butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  • When the butter is completely melted, mix in the flour and stir until a ball of dough forms, then remove it from heat.
  • Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and allow the it to cool until it is warm about 10 minutes.
  • While the dough is cooling heat the vegetable oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add eggs to the dough one at a time and beat with a mixer until each egg is incorporated. The dough should be smooth and creamy.
  • To test the heat of the oil, drop a tablespoon of dough into the oil. The oil around the dough should sizzle and after a minute or so the dough should start to puff up and expand.
  • When the oil is ready drop the dough in half spoonful size dollops into the sauce pan. Depending on the diameter of your pan you can add several dollops at a time. Just don't over crowd the pan, you want the dough to have enough room to spin and turn as it puffs up.
  • Allow the dough to cook for about 10 minutes. The sfingi should be golden in color but you don't want them to be too dark.
  • Prepare a bowl and line it with paper towels.
  • When the sfingi is done remove it from the oil with a slotted spoon and place it in a bowl lined with paper towels. Allow the sfingi to cool on the paper towels for a few minutes.
  • Prepare another bowl with granulated sugar. Just before you are ready to serve them, roll the sfingi in the sugar to completely coat them


Serving: 1gCalories: 437kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 46mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 163IUCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Sfingi, fried dough, sicilian dessert, italian pastery
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