Saturday, April 13 2024

Sicilian sfinci are a delicious specialty of Sicilian cuisine, deeply rooted in the culinary tradition of the island.

These fried sweets, often enjoyed during the holidays, are prized for their light texture and rich filling.

The word “sfincia” comes from the Latin word “sphincta,” meaning “ring,” suggesting their round shape and soft texture.

The preparation of these sfinci is a real ritual that brings families and communities together in moments of sharing and joy.




Ingredients for the dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Sugar, to taste

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
  • Powdered sugar, to taste
  • Grated orange zest
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting



  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water with a pinch of sugar and let it sit until it begins to bubble.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour, create a well in the center, and pour in the activated yeast.
  3. Gradually add water, kneading until a homogeneous consistency is achieved. Add salt and continue kneading for at least 10-15 minutes until the dough becomes elastic.
  4. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the filling by mixing ricotta with powdered sugar and grated orange zest. Add chocolate chips if desired.
  6. Once the dough has risen, form balls and flatten them slightly with your hands to create spheres.
  7. Heat oil in a deep pot to about 170-180°C (340-360°F).
  8. Fry the sfinci until golden on both sides, then drain them on paper towels.
  9. While still warm, fill the sfinci with the prepared ricotta mixture.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
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