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Coffee Cardamom Zeppole

Cold Weather Comfort

Contributed by Offbeat + Inspired

For those of you who aren’t familiar with “zeppole,” just replace that word with donut. Yep, that’s right. As if there isn’t enough great Italian food in the world already, they have also brought us the Italian fried donut, and Offbeat + Inspired has brought us the coffee cardamom zeppole recipe. For this, we are thankful.

A perfect food to make and indulge in during this cold Winter months, we think that this sweet zeppole recipe will be enough to keep you going until the weather starts to warm and you can shed the extra sweaters you’ve no doubt been piling on. But hey – don’t take our word for it. Go ahead and try it out for yourself! Full recipe and instructions below.

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PHOTO: c/o Offbeat+Inspired

Coffee Cardamom Zeppole
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup strong coffee, espresso
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp very finely ground coffee
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. Combine butter, coffee, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring every once in a while. Allow the mixture to boil for about 10 seconds and then remove from heat.
  2. Add the flour, about ¼ cup at a time, stirring well to ensure all the flour is fully incorporated and a thick dough forms. Return the saucepan to medium-low heat and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Transfer dough to a stand mixture with the paddle attachment. Turn the mixer to a medium speed and add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time. Add the cardamom and coffee grounds. Mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated and the dough becomes glossy and smooth (about 5 minutes of mixing, total).
  4. Refrigerate the dough for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. In a large, heavy saucepan, pour in enough oil to fill the pan about a third of the way. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 375 degrees F.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Using a small scoop or two spoons, drop scoops of dough about one tablespoon in size into the oil. Cook for 3 to 3½ minutes, turning occasionally, until the dough becomes crisp and puffed. Remove zeppole with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Continue this process until all of the dough has been fried. Allow the zeppole to cool slightly, top with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

Coffee Cardamom Zeppole | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Offbeat + Inspired
Coffee Cardamom Zeppole | REstyleSOURCE
PHOTO: c/o Offbeat + Inspired


For those avid coffee lovers and enthusiasts, you can also substitute in a coffee concentrate in the recipe instead of using espresso. See recipe here

Coffee Cardamom Zeppole | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Offbeat + Inspired

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Sarah and Tiffany are the great minds behind the Offbeat + Inspired blog. They’ve grown as friends through the 20 years they've known each other, and now they are on this blogging adventure together. Offbeat + Inspired explores the realm of cooking, DIY, crafting, fashion and more.  

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