Everybody loves doughnuts, but have you tried the tasty Italian zeppole? They are so airy and delicious. They are light and fluffy melt in your mouth treats that can be used for special occasions, breakfast, snacks, etc.
Zeppole is a type of fry bread that is typically small and round. Traditional zeppoles are deep-fried until the outsides are crispy, leaving the insides light and airy. Most zeppole are then coated in powdered sugar.
These are a versatile treat. Zeppole could be covered in cinnamon sugar or drizzled with chocolate.
They can be dipped in a chocolate or fruit dipping sauce or they can be filled with custards, jellies, and creams and topped with whipped topping or frosting.
So, what is the best way of reheating zeppole? The best way to reheat zeppole is to wrap them in aluminum foil and heat them in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes. If they’re frozen, you’ll have to bake them for 45 minutes at 350°F.
The best part is, it is simple and easy to reheat the zeppole and you don’t lose flavor or fluffy texture when you do so properly.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide for you here that walks you through all of the ins and outs of reheating zeppole. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know!
Storing and Reheating Delicious Zeppole
I’m sure right now you’re wondering if it’s really worth it to save those leftover zeppole. You’re worried about whether they will be soggy or hard when you decide to reheat them and serve them.
We’re here to reassure you that you definitely should not toss out those extra zeppole. No matter your reason for having saved zeppole, they can be stored and reheated and it’s really quite simple to do so.
There are no major requirements or time-consuming tasks for storing and reheating zeppole – the methods to do so are easy and take very little time.
Buy or make your zeppole in bulk and don’t be afraid to save them up to pull out when you need a treat for those unexpected guests.
Are you fighting off a sweet tooth? No problem, just pull those zeppole you tossed in the freezer last month out and reheat them and you will solve your cravings in no time.
You will also have plenty to share. Add a dipping sauce of fruit or chocolate to really jazz up your treat.
So what is that you ultimately need to know for storing and reheating zeppole? Let’s get started on this guide by walking through some of the pros and cons associated with reheating zeppole.
Below are some lists to give you an idea of just what you might be getting into.
The Upsides to Reheating Zeppole
- Reheating zeppole takes very little time and is so easy to do.
- Reheating zeppole means far less waste.
- Reheating your zeppole prevents you from having hard or soggy zeppole.
- Zeppole can be reheated via an oven or a microwave for the best results.
- Reheating zeppole, when done properly, does not jeopardize the texture or the flavor.
The Downsides to Reheating Zeppole
- If you’re reheating zeppole, it means you either didn’t get to eat them right away or you had leftovers of this delicious treat.
- If you reheat in the microwave, the zeppole may lose some of their crispness.
- If a fruit or a whipped topping were used on the zeppole, they may become slightly soggy due to their natural properties.
- If you’re reheating zeppole, there’s a good chance you will have to share and sometimes they are just too good to share!
Now that we’ve covered some of the basic information to set your expectations for reheating zeppole, we can move on to the nitty-gritty details. Let’s dig a little deeper into how to best store and reheat your zeppole.
We’ve designed this step-by-step guide to give you a simple reference to make your experience for both storing and reheating your zeppole the best it can possibly be.
We hope this guide is helpful and allows you to enjoy your zeppole both fresh and reheated.
A Detailed Guide to Reheating Zeppole
We mentioned it before, but we want to make sure you notice that zeppole are so easy to both store and reheat. Reheating takes very little time and you can take your zeppole directly from the freezer to the oven for reheating.
The traditional form of zeppole, with its deep-fried breading, airy insides, and its coating of powdered sugar is the easiest to work with.
When you start adding whipped topping or jellies to the zeppole, it can be a bit more challenging to preserve the intended texture of the treat.
As you reheat your zeppole, remember that you add a little something extra to them by using a chocolate dipping sauce or even a fruit dip or jelly.
This gives your traditional zeppole added flavor so that you can mix it up if you like. Our instructions will be based on the traditional zeppole form.
How to Store Zeppole
If you are saving zeppole or simply making a large batch to store, you want to be sure you are storing them properly. The proper storage of your zeppole will make a difference when it is time to reheat them for serving.
Take the time to both store and reheat your zeppole properly so that they are delicious even when you are not eating them fresh. The instructions are so simple there is really no excuse for not following them.
- If you have not yet deep-fried your zeppole, it is best to only deep-fry what you want at the time and then store your dough to be used again. Your dough can be stored in the fridge and reused multiple times.
- The dough can be stored in the fridge or the freezer.
- Zeppole that have been prepared and fried can also be stored in the fridge or freezer. Allow the zeppole to cool completely.
- Store the zeppole in an airtight container and place it in the fridge or freezer, depending on how soon you plan to use them. Store in the fridge for 2-3 days and the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Zeppole do not have to be individually wrapped or layered in any special way. They can be stored all together.
How to Reheat Zeppole
Quick, you have guests coming over in an hour unexpectedly and you want to serve a snack! Pull those zeppole you put in the freezer last month out and let’s get to reheating them.
You have plenty of time to get them out and get them reheated and your guests will never know they’re straight out of your freezer.
- The absolute best way to reheat your zeppole is to wrap them in aluminum foil and heat them in the oven. If they are not frozen, you can bake them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
- If your zeppole are frozen, take them straight from the freezer to a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until they are fully warmed. They will remain crisp and tasty.
- It is not recommended that you deep fry your zeppole a 2nd time, but you can if you fry them on low with oil.
- An alternative method to reheating your zeppole is to place 2-5 thawed zeppole in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. If you use the microwave, it works best if you allow the zeppole to thaw prior to heating to avoid them getting soggy.
Utilizing these methods will allow you to reheat your zeppole without jeopardizing the flavor or the texture.
Even if your zeppole are frozen, reheating them is simple and does not take an exorbitant amount of time. Follow the steps to have the yummiest reheated zeppole around!
How Long Should I Thaw My Zeppole if I’m not Reheating Them Right Away?
If you reheat your zeppole in the oven, they do not have to be fully thawed. However, if you plan to reheat them in the microwave you should allow them to thaw 6-8 hours in the fridge prior to reheating.
You can store them in the fridge for about 3 days.
Do I Have to Worry About My Zeppole Losing Shape or Falling Flat?
If you follow the instructions for reheating, your zeppole should not lose shape or flatten as they are reheated. The initial deep fry procedure for making zeppole helps to hold the shape and set the insides.
If I Reheat Frozen Zeppole in the Microwave, Will It Ruin Them?
Zeppole are best reheated in the oven when they are frozen. However, you can reheat them in the microwave. They will take 60-90 seconds to warm all the way through, but watch them carefully to be sure they don’t explode.
Reheating them this way could cause them to retain moisture or lose some of their crispness.
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