caramel-filled zeppole

The Texas state fair starts next week. Besides Big Tex and the rides & games, the main attraction is the wide variety of fried foods. Today i decided to fry up a batch of caramel-filled zeppole.


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • milk duds


In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar, salt and oil. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Stir in flour. Continue stirring until mixture forms a ball. Heat oil for frying in deep skillet to 375°F.

Scoop a tablespoon of dough, stick a milk dud in it and roll into a ball. I managed to make 12 balls. Carefully drop balls into hot oil, frying in batches. Turn zeppole once or twice, cooking until golden and puffed up, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

These zeppole are so good! Crispy & crunchy on the outside, oozing with caramel inside. Tastes just like something you’d get at the fair! Has this been done before? If not, i should start my own fried zeppole stand at the fair! 🙂

fresh from the fryer
fresh from the fryer
dusted with powdered sugar
dusted with powdered sugar
filled with caramel
filled with caramel
super yummy!
super yummy!

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