[Sca-cooks] The medieval origins of zeppole and cheesy doughnuts

Christiane christianetrue at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 25 10:09:54 PDT 2010

Food historian Clifford Wright has a new (new to me, anyway) article up on his site about Sicilian zeppole where he talks about their medieval origins, and he has some interesting period citations in it:


He also gives in this article a period recipe by the traveler Abdalbasit ibn Halil for a fried cheese doughnut called mujabbana, which I am going to try making. What are your theories as to the "piece of cheese" placed in the middle of the cheesy dough?

Mmmm, cheesy doughnuts ...

Adelisa de Salernum

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