Fritule (Croatian mini fried dough)

Fritule (or uštipci) are little balls of fried dough (similar, but not the same as krafne, which are Croatian doughnuts filled with jam) that are popular all over Croatia and often found anywhere there is a festival or gathering going on. In particular you’ll find little stands selling them on riva or the promenade of the towns across Dalmatia and the islands. So for me, its not a real summer vacation if I’m not walking along riva at night eating these drizzled with chocolate or powdered sugar. Its also popular to drizzle melted Nutella on them, but do as your heart desires.

  • 3 packets of instant yeast
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of rakija
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 tablespoons of greek yogurt
  • 500 grams of flour
  • milk

First, proof the yeast by placing in a small bowl with 100 ml warm milk, a dash of sugar, and a dash of flour.

Next, in a large bowl whisk the egg yolks, sugar, butter, salt, and rakija together. Then add the yeast and yogurt. Sift the flour over top and incorporate into a tacky, but wet dough (it should be viscous and kind of drippy.) Add milk, as necessary to attain this consistency.

Now add enough oil to a pot so that the fritule can float inside. Heat on high, then drop the dough in, cutting it with two spoons and sort of pushing it off to resemble more of a ball (as you can see from the photos, I don’t really put the effort into it usually, so they come out various shapes, but that just gives them more character, sort of. 😉 ) Try not to make them too big so that they cook all the way through or crowd the pot too much. Fry until golden brown.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or drizzle with chocolate or Nutella.

Enjoy! (and dream of the Croatian coast……..)

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