Nonni’s Fritole

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


4 dozen

Updated: Dec. 13, 2023
My Italian grandmother was famous for her fritole and made these treats for her family and friends. Years later we found her recipe card and tried making them without success for several years. We finally figured out the missing part of this recipe–the self-rising flour! Now we can have these as often as we like. It brings back so many wonderful memories. — Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington


  • 4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 ounces whiskey, rum or orange juice
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and grated
  • 8 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour and sugar. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and whiskey until blended. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Fold in apples and orange zest.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Self-rising flour- More than 1 cup
As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts

1 fritole: 69 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.