Fried Dough with Powdered Sugar

5 from 1 vote

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There’s nothing better than fried dough with powdered sugar. Every single country around the world has their own version of fried dough so I know you will be able to relate. In Bulgaria we have something called “Mekitzi” or “Ponichki” which are similar in taste. This super lazy version is much easier to make and hits the spot. Fried dough, pizza fritte, fried doughnuts, zeppole, sfinci, are just a few names of fried dough depending on what part of Italy you’re from. Fried pizza dough is made in a variety of ways, depending upon where you live. These fluffy delicious bites of heaven will have you and your guests begging for more!

Fried Dough with Powdered Sugar

This super lazy version is much easier to make and hits the spot. Fried dough, pizza fritte, fried doughnuts, zeppole, sfinci, are just a few names of fried dough depending on what part of Italy you're from.
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 700 grams pizza dough, any you like
  • oil for frying , I used sunflower oil, but you can use any
  • powdered sugar
  • dusting of flour if the dough sticks


  • Take the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. I rip equal size pieces with my hand, but you can use a pastry cutter or a knife to be precise.
  • Roll the dough into dough ball with your hands, and shape/stretch it out so that it looks like a flat disc. The disc should be thin. Dust each one with flour if it sticks to your hands.
  • In a pan with high sides, heat up the oil and make sure it “shimmers." You can test the oil by placing in the tip of a wooden spoon, and if it bubbles, it's ready.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan, cook 3 or 4 doughnuts at a time. As soon as I place them in, I reduce the heat to medium and fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden.
  • Set on paper towel, dust with icing sugar and enjoy.



You can use a large round cookie cutter to cut out the dough or you can simply rip the dough with your hands, roll it into a ball, and shape/stretch the dough into thin round disks.
Feel free to use any high smoke point oil, I used sunflower because avocado oil is very expensive. I filled my skillet with oil to the halfway mark. I didn’t measure, but I used about 4-6 cups of oil. 
The oil should be heated to 375F, but I just wait for it to shimmer. Feel free to use a thermometer if you need to
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I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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  1. Am I missing something or did you miss the first 1-2 steps? You immediately instruct us to rip the dough in 12 pieces but there’s no mention of water or any instruction on how the dough comes together before this?

    1. Hi Akelia,
      This is made with store-bought pizza dough so no other steps are necessary prior to that. You don’t make your own dough in this recipe unless you wanted to of course

  2. 5 stars
    These are SO easy and fun. We dipped.some of the donuts Into chocolate and then covered in powdered sugar for fun. So great and versatile