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Sfingi Recipe (Sicilian Doughnut)

This is my mother in laws traditional Sicilian recipe. These little golden doughnuts are full of goodness, and are loved and devoured by all. Read more...

Sfingi – Sicilian Doughnuts

This is my mother in law’s traditional Sicilian recipe. These little golden doughnuts are full of goodness, and are loved and devoured by all.


1 tbs dry yeast

1 tsp sugar

2 cups plain flour sifted

1 ½  lukewarm water

1 potato, boiled, peeled and mashed


Vegetable oil for frying

½ cup sugar

½ tsp cinnamon


Combine yeast with teaspoon of sugar and a ¼ cup lukewarm water. Let stand until yeast activates and becomes frothy.

In a separate bowl mix flour, pinch of salt and mashed potato.

Add yeast with 1 cup of lukewarm water to flour and mix to form a thick sticky dough consistency. Add more water if necessary.

Let dough rest for an hour.

On a plate, combine sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pan, and test with a small piece of dough to check when hot. Drop a spoonful of dough into the oil and fry till lightly brown and cooked inside.

Dust in cinnamon/sugar mix and enjoy :




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52 comments on “Sfingi Recipe (Sicilian Doughnut)

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  2. Vanessa

    They look beautiful

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  3. I would take one of these over a Krispy Kreme anyway!……double jam?

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  4. Oh, you’ve made me miss them so much that I might get my hands dirty and try to make them! Is your mother-in-law Sicilian? What’s it like to have a Sicilian mother-in-law?

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  5. Wow these look and sound delicious!! Think I might have to try it!

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  7. I’m interested in the addition of mashed potato, does it make it more a savoury doughnut or are they sweet? They look sweet with the sugar but I’m not sure.

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  8. I have been to Sicily but don’t remember these little gems. Wow!

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  9. I should try this since I’m staying home today..looks easy to put together..bookmarked

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  10. These look fabulous. I grew up on a potato farm in Maine, and my mother and grandmother made potato donuts, so I know I’d love these. Their potato donuts melted in my mouth and they also tossed them in cinnamon and sugar. You’ve made me salivate this morning!

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  11. These look yummy!!!

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  12. Oh my, these look amazing. Pinned to my recipe board so I can make them very soon 🙂

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  13. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ve bookmarked it for when I have time to make it. I’m not sure when that’ll be…but we can always hope, right?

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  14. Oh, yummy, actually I could do with one of those just around about NOW 🙂 Instead I am off to start preparing a salad how boring is that!!

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  15. This is a must try for me – thank you for sharing – I will also pin for future reference

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  16. Pretty sure this isn’t on my diet…but I sure wish it were! These donuts look delish!

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  17. OMG. Shame on you for sharing something that is so sinfully delicious. Must have. Right now.

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  19. Just scrolling through your posts and found this! Looks so tasty and yummy!

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