What can I say? I don’t know what it is about Giada. Habit I guess? I like her show and it’s format, the lighting, etc? Anyhow, I made another recipe of hers :) It left a teensy bit to be desired, but that’s mostly because I left out a key ingredient and don’t own an ice cream scoop (Um mom, you catch that? The kind with the button that scrapes the contents out, k thanks, love you! :)). I also really wished that this recipe included the video, but it didn’t :( Good news though! I found one to add to this post :)
Don’t mind the train wreck that is the video, thank goodness Giada was staying on task because I needed to see this made again and Hoda and Kathy Lee were really trying to ruin it for me!
- 1 stick butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon orange zest Note: I DIDN’T HAVE AN ORANGE!! :(((
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ½ cup sugar
- 3/4 cup cream Note: I used light cream; it doesn’t really specify..? I also quartered this and it made plenty of sauce! ¼ cup cream, ¼ cup chips
- 1 cup (8 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips Note: I only had semisweet. No problemo.
It was little overwhelming with all the separate components, but start the oil heating first. Get the butter, sugar and water mixture going. Make the sugar. Get out the eggs. Get the flour measured out. Make the sauce last (I put my cream in the same pot my butter mixture melted in to cut down on dishes :)). It was really easy to make once you got everything prepped. After I added the flour to the butter mixture it formed a ball almost immediately, but I still let it cook for a few minutes, stirring every once in a while, to make sure the flour taste cooked out.
This is where things got a bit dicey. As I mentioned before, I don’t have an ice cream scoop, so my Zeppole balls look a hot mess. I also don’t have a thermometer for this type of thing. So, I used some of the methods found on this website to determine whether or not my oil was hot enough. I had some wooden dowels laying around from a previous project so I stuck that in there and used that method. It sizzled…a lot? Enough? Not really sure-fire so I’ll buy a thermometer next grocery day.
Final verdict? They were alright. I really thought I bought an orange specifically for this recipe because I really like the idea of citrus and chocolate together, so I was a little disappointed (I’d already poured the oil, too late to turn back) about that. I will make them again and include the orange. I really think that would take these from ho-hum to yum yum! I just made that up, nice huh? hah :) The chocolate sauce was good, and made plenty even with my cut down mixture, so keep that in mind. They taste like donuts and if you watch the video, Giada says they’re Italian donuts; I wasn’t aware of that beforehand or I might’ve skipped these because I’ve made homemade donuts before. But like I said, I’ll make ’em again and let you know!
Would I make these for someone else? Yes, with modifications. I would include the orange and make sure I had a proper scooper, because I’m telling you, these look awful. Kind of like a pork rind. Yuck. But tasty enough :)