Sfingi Recipe (Sicilian Doughnut)

Sfingi – Sicilian Doughnuts

This is my mother in law’s traditional Sicilian recipe. These little golden doughnuts are full of goodness, and are loved and devoured by all.


1 tbs dry yeast

1 tsp sugar

2 cups plain flour sifted

1 ½  lukewarm water

1 potato, boiled, peeled and mashed


Vegetable oil for frying

½ cup sugar

½ tsp cinnamon


Combine yeast with teaspoon of sugar and a ¼ cup lukewarm water. Let stand until yeast activates and becomes frothy.

In a separate bowl mix flour, pinch of salt and mashed potato.

Add yeast with 1 cup of lukewarm water to flour and mix to form a thick sticky dough consistency. Add more water if necessary.

Let dough rest for an hour.

On a plate, combine sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pan, and test with a small piece of dough to check when hot. Drop a spoonful of dough into the oil and fry till lightly brown and cooked inside.

Dust in cinnamon/sugar mix and enjoy :




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52 thoughts on “Sfingi Recipe (Sicilian Doughnut)

  1. These look fabulous. I grew up on a potato farm in Maine, and my mother and grandmother made potato donuts, so I know I’d love these. Their potato donuts melted in my mouth and they also tossed them in cinnamon and sugar. You’ve made me salivate this morning!

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      1. We have a donut shop in Maine called ‘Holy Donut’ and she perfected the potato donut recipe and makes some fabulous varieties of potato donuts, e.g. Dark chocolate and sea salt, pomegranate, maple, to name a few. They are fantastic.

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      2. The shop is in Portland, about a 2 1/2 hour drive away. Several of us are waging a campaign for her to open a shop in Bangor where I live. I’m going to Portland next week, so I’ll be stopping by to harass her and eat some donuts. Yum!

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