Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Taralli di Patate

Proverbio Italiano of the day:
"Chi lassa 'a via vecchia p''a nova, sape chello ca lasse e nun sape chello ca trova."
Meaning: Who leaves the old road for the new... knows what he leaves, 
but not what he finds. 

During most holidays, one of the sweets that Italians love to make (at least in my family it's what we do) is doughnuts or better known as zeppoles. 

The fried smell will yes stink up your entire kitchen... but that soft, fluffy sweet taste sprinkled with sugar is all worth it. 

This is my Mamma's recipe, and is quite simple with a little time and patience. There are many different versions out there, but I simply stick to what I know is easy and delizioso. Buon Appetito!

6 eggs
2 lbs. of flour (have extra on hand)
6 potatoes (1 lb)
1/4 cup warm milk
1 pinch of salt
2 yeast bags
1 stick of butter
1 lemon zest (grated)

let's make it

1. Boil potatoes, once done set aside to cool.

2. Take potatoes and place in a potato ricer.

3. Pour the flour onto a counter or large cutting board (make sure to have plenty of space). 

4. Pour potatoes in the flour and mix together. 

5. Heat up the milk in a small pan, and dissolve the two yeast bags in it.  

6. Melt butter either over heat or in microwave.

7. Then place eggs, melted butter, and milk yeast mixture in flour.

8. Mix all of the ingredients together, constantly kneading the dough until it has a stretchy consistency. 

9. Once dough is ready, form it into a log. 

10. Start by cutting one section at a time.

11. From each section, you cut into thin lines. Each line is then formed into circular doughnut shape. 

12. Once you have cut and shaped through the entire dough... place them onto a big board, all evenly spread apart. (Do not have them touch, because they need to rise). 

13. Let the doughnuts rise for about an hour. 

14. Once an hour has passed, take a large and deep pan and fill it with plenty of oil (close to top but not overflowing).

15. Fry a few at a time, turning them over once golden.

16. Place each one in a bowl of sugar, and dip all sides of it. 

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