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How to make Graffe (Neapolitan Doughnuts)

Graffe Napoletane are special Neapolitan doughnuts which were once prepared only for Carnival.

Nevertheless they became part of the local tradition, especially for breakfast.




  • 1 ¾ cups of Flour
  • 1 ½ cups of cooked Potatoes
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 spoons of unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • ¼ cup of Sugar
  • 2 tsp of dry Yeast
  • ¼ cup of Milk, warm
  • Zest of One Small Lemon or Half of a Large Lemon
  • ½ tablespoon of Salt
  • 2 spoons of Limoncello
  • 1 spoon of Vanilla Extract
  • oil or Canola oil for frying
  • 2 Cups of Granulated Sugar, to coat the doughnuts



  1. Mix together the yeast and milk and set aside for a couple minutes.
  2. Then, mix together flour, potatoes, egg, sugar, butter, lemon zest, limoncello, vanilla, salt and the milk and yeast mixture.
  3. Mix ingredients together until it forms into a dough and dump it onto a well floured board and kneed it until the dough comes together and its nice and smooth and no longer sticky.
  4. Once the dough is ready, take a large baking sheet and line it with a lint free kitchen towel, and sprinkle the towel lightly with flour, set aside.
  5. Cut little pieces off the dough and roll them out into a rope, then pinch the ends together to form a circle, place the doughnuts onto the kitchen towel lined baking sheet.
  6. Continue to make the rest and once done, cover them with a towel and allow them to rise in a warm spot for an hour.
  7. Heat the oil in a large pot until it reaches 350 degrees, drop about 4 doughnuts at a time and let them cook for a couple minutes, they should take about a minute per side or until both sides are golden brown.
  8. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Dip them into the sugar and place on a platter.





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