Traditional Molisani Christmas Eve Fritters

Traditional Molisani Christmas Eve Fritters

Keeping some wonderful childhood memories alive with this recipe for scr'pell ... Traditional Molisani Christmas Eve Fritters.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword fried dough fritters, Italian potato donuts, screppelle
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 245kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • teaspoons active dry yeast 8 grams
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour 568 grams
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium potatoes boiled and riced (about 225 grams or 1 cup)
  • cups lukewarm water

for frying:

  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil or canola

for garnish:

  • granulated table sugar


  • In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar and water.
  • Stir and let stand for 10 minutes (will get foamy).
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt, mashed potato, and water with the dough hook.
  • Add the yeast mixture and knead for about 10 minutes. Please note that the dough will be extremely soft.
  • Cover and allow to double in size. This will take about 2 hours.
  • When the dough is ready, heat up the oil for deep frying (375°F)
  • Stretch a piece of dough about the size of a golf ball and drop it in the oil.
  • When they achieve a light golden color, remove them from the oil, and place on the plate lined with paper towels. This should take 1-2 minutes.
  • Repeat until there is no dough left.
  • Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  • These fritters are best the day they are fried.



The consistency of the dough should be lighter than pizza dough.
Rub finger tips lightly with oil when picking up a portion of the dough to be fried.
Make sure the oil is hot (375°F/190°C)
These are best eaten the day they are made.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3.8mg