Gnocco fritto (Italian fried dough puff)

Gnocco fritto (Italian fried dough puff)


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About this recipe: These fried dough puffs are a traditional dish of the Italian Northern region of Emilia Romagna. They are served hot to accompany the cured meats (prosciutto, mortadella, capocollo) of the region. The traditional recipe calls for lard in the dough and to deep fry, but I replaced with margarine and peanut oil.


Serves: 6 

  • 25g fresh yeast or 7g active dried yeast
  • 180ml lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 500g 00 or plain flour
  • 10g salt
  • 70g margarine, cubed
  • peanut oil, for deep frying

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr proofing  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water with the sugar.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Add margarine in cubes, the yeast dissolved into water and mix to form a dough. Transfer to a floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes, until you reach a smooth and elastic dough.
  3. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with oiled cling film and store in a warm place until double in volume, about 1 hour.
  4. Roll out the dough to a 2 to 3mm thickness. With a knife, a pizza cutter or a cookie cutter cut out some middle size diamonds.
  5. Heat the oil until hot and carefully deep fry the diamonds of dough, a few at a time. The dough will puff immediately. Make sure to cook on both sides until golden.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Serve hot with cured meat, cheese or grilled vegetables.

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