Zippole of the New Year s Eve

In Sezze “zippole” are prepared on the evening of New Year's Eve, they are simple bread dough with raisins and pine nuts, fried and sprinkled with sugar or honey. In the past, the poorest families could not afford to buy or prepare more elaborate desserts, so the children were rewarded with these sweet balls.

recipe given by our chef at .

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1 kg flour
800 ml water
25 g yeast
250 g raisins and / or 200 g pine nuts
200g caster sugar

These ingredients are able to feed:  20persons


In a large bowl place flour, put on the one hand the salt and create a crater in the center, then pour a bit of warm water in which has been dissolved yeast. As you pour the water mix with a fork and stir in the flour. Then pour the remaining water and mix vigorously all, when it will be obtained mixture is smooth add the raisins and / or pine nuts and stir again so that you distribute evenly.

Cover with plastic wrap or with holes with a clean cloth and let rise for about 2 h or, however, until the dough has at least doubled in volume. Once done, you can proceed with the preparation of zippole. With a spoon dipped in water make balls of irregular shape and with the help of fingers, also wet, dip them in hot oil and fry them until golden brown evenly. Then drain them and place them on layers of paper towels to remove excess oil. Finally, when they are still warm, roll in granulated sugar and place them in a serving dish. Alternatively, the zippole can be sprinkled with honey.

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