It’s been a while since I really messed up something in the kitchen. I was getting overconfident I suppose, so when I saw this recipe for zeppole I knew I could do it.
Zeppole are little Italian donuts that look like donut holes, and they looked great. What’s better, they looked easy. Giada made the batter – start to finish – in front of the camera so I knew I could do it. She actually said “It’s one of the simplest doughs to make and you can’t really mess it up.” Yeah, they said the Titanic was unsinkable too.
Most of the comments online talked about how easy it was to make. You add some stuff to the pot, bring it to a boil, add flour, and stir. Except mine never really firmed up. It thickened a little, but that’s it. I added some more flour, but that didn’t work either. When I took it off the heat and added the eggs it looked like pancake batter.
This is not really something you can drop into oil with an ice cream scoop. In the end we decided to try making them funnel-cake style. They had some very interesting shapes.
I wouldn’t say they were good. But if you add a cinnamon and sugar topping to just about anything it will taste good. I suppose there’s a very important fundamental concept that I’m missing, so I’m going to try these again. I’m sure that post will be just as entertaining.