Hot Cocoa Zeppolis

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    Hot Cocoa Zeppolis

    Everyone loves zeppolis, deep fried pizza dough with confectioners sugar on top.  But there’s so much room to experiment, and while I worked at a pizzeria I was lucky enough to have some of the cooks make some kickass zeppolis.  These hot cocoa zeppolis are definitely one of my favorites.

    (If you work in a professional kitchen you should know that if the chocolate leaks out you’ll have to replace the oil, which I learned the hard way making M&M zeppolis.  Boss wasn’t too happy about that.  Oops)

    Anyway, you can always make your own dough, but for the ease of it I picked up a pizza dough.  If you get a good dough and let it rise you should be able to make about a dozen.  I had a smaller, less ideal dough that wouldn’t rise so I only got 8 zeppolis.  Try to go to a local pizzeria or bakery for a dough, not somewhere that they may have been frozen like a supermarket.  They just don’t seem to rise right, and can get a hard crust on the outside while sitting.

    (If you do get a dough in a bag from a supermarket, you want to kneed the dough into a ball so that it will rise properly.)

    For this recipe you will need some sort of deep fryer.  I have this deep fryer and it works great.  For under $30 you can’t go wrong.

    If You Like Our Hot Cocoa Zeppolis, Be Sure To Check Out Some Of Our Other Dessert Recipes Below!

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    Hot Cocoa Zeppolis
    Hot Cocoa Zeppolis
    Cook Time 20 minutes
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    Cook Time 20 minutes
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    Hot Cocoa Zeppolis
    Instructions
    1. Start out with a pizza dough, put it on a pan and rub some olive oil on it. Let it rise a few hours
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    2. Slice up into pieces just smaller than a handball
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    3. Sometimes the outside will harden up, which is fine. Just make sure you are able to seal the zeppoli shut and place some chocolate chips into the center
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    4. Seal up fully and roll into balls
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    5. Place into deep fryer at 350 degrees, cooking until brown and then flipping over
    6. Let oil drip off
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    7. In a small bowl mix 3 tbsp confectioners sugar and 1 tbsp hot cocoa mix and sprinkle over the top
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    8. Enjoy while warm
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