Italian fried bread dough is traditionally part of an Italian Christmas Eve celebration.

Original recipe makes 15 fried breads


1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

  • PREP

    15 mins

  • COOK

    15 mins


    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. Heat about 3 inches of oil in a saucepan to 375 degrees F (119 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Sir the remaining 1/2 cup water into the bowl. Add flour, beating vigorously until a soft dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a smooth surface, and knead with greased hands until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 1 to 1/1/2 hours.
  4. Fry golf ball sizes of dough in batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, and eat while still hot.


Calories: 103 kcal
Carbohydrates: 10.8 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 6 g
Fiber: 0.4 g
Protein: 1.5 g
Sodium: < 1 mg