Place the orange zest and sugar
in a food processor
the machine until the mixture is blended. Set the sugar into a wide and shallow dish. Set
Pour enough oil into a large frying pan
to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry
thermometer registers 350 degrees F.
Using a small ice-cream scoop
or 2 small spoons, carefully drop about a tablespoon of the dough into the hot oil. Turn the zeppole once or twice, cooking until golden and puffed up, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked zeppole to the dish with the Orange Sugar. Roll to coat in the sugar. Continue frying the remaining dough