My mom always used to make Sfinge when I was growing up.  I am not sure who came up with the name ‘Sfinge’ but in simpler terms, it’s basically a Zeppole: the Italian’s answer to Donuts sprinkled with Powdered Sugar.  These things are incredibly delicious and are actually easy to make.  They’re great as a dessert, or you can do what I did as a kid; eat them for breakfast!

Sfinge (Italian Zeppole)

Prep Time

10 Minutes
Cook Time

20 Minutes
Total Time

30 Minutes

20 Zeppole


  • 1 1/2 lbs Whole Milk Ricotta
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tsps Baking Powder
  • 3 T Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsps Vanilla


  • Mix all ingredients together. Set up a deep fryer or heat up Oil in a pot to 350 degrees. Scoop out golf-ball sized scoops into the oil and cook until brown.
  • Remove from oil and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Once cooled, sprinkle with Powdered Sugar & Serve!