Orange-Glazed Italian Donuts

Is there anything greater than fried dough? I think not and as a kid, my life was all about ‘zeppole,’ fried Italian donuts. Here is my version…healthier although still fried…so not entirely guilt-free.

Makes 12-16 donuts

Ingredient List: 

1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons brown rice syrup
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup semolina flour
Pinch sea salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup sparkling wine or water
Oil, for frying

Orange-Scented Glaze
½ cup brown rice syrup
Grated zest of 2 oranges
2 teaspoons fresh orange juice

Step By Step Instructions: 

Make the zeppole. Bring the water, syrup and oil to a boil. Whisk together flours, salt, baking powder and soda. Mix in boiling water mixture and stir well. Add wine/water and mix well. Add wine/water as needed to create a soft dough, but not sticky.

Pinch off or scoop tablepoon-size pieces ands fry in hot oil until golden and puffy. Drain on paper.

Whisk together syrup with orange juice and zest and drizzle on zeppole.