Knowing how to reheat leftover zeppole the right way is very crucial mainly because it is delicate, and when reheated the wrong way it can turn soggy, and lose most of its crispiness. The article below highlights a few methods that you can use to reheat zeppole such that it retains its flavour and texture. Carefully follow all the instructions in order to achieve the perfect reheated zeppole.
- 1 What is zeppole?
- 2 Reheat zeppole using an oven
- 3 Reheat zeppole using a microwave
- 4 Reheat zeppole using a stove
- 5 Tips for reheating zeppole
- 6 How to store zeppole
- 7 Conclusion
What is zeppole?
Zeppole is an Italian pastry that is made using deep fried dough. It is small and round in shape and it is crispy on the outside but, light and fluffy in the inside. When cooked, zeppole is often coated with powdered sugar in order to add more flavour to it but, you can also use ingredients like cinnamon sugar or chocolate sauce. They can also be filled with jellies, custard and creams. They can also be dipped in chocolate as a way of adding more flavour to them. Zeppole can be served for breakfast or as a snack depending on preferences.
Reheat zeppole using an oven
NB: this is the best method for reheating leftover zeppole mainly because it retains the crispiness and flavour of the zeppole.
In order to reheat zeppole in the oven you need to start by preheating the oven to 350F.
While the oven is heating up, take the zeppole out of the fridge and wrap it using aluminium foil. This will help to trap heat inside and it ensures that the zeppole reheats evenly.
Place the wrapped zeppole in a baking sheet and place it in the oven. Let the zeppole reheat for 10 minutes before taking it out of the oven. If you are reheating a frozen zeppole, then you might need to extend the reheating time to 45 minutes. This helps to ensure that the internal part of the zeppole also warms up.
When the zeppole has reheated, take it out of the oven and serve it in any way that you would like.
Reheat zeppole using a microwave
NB: this is the fastest method for reheating zeppole however, it tends to sacrifice the texture of the zeppole.
When reheating leftover zeppole in the microwave the first thing that you need to do is to ensure that the zeppole has completely thawed. This is because if you reheat a frozen zeppole in the microwave it will ultimately turn soggy.
Take the thawed zeppole and place it on a microwave safe plate. Reheat it for 10 to 20 seconds. When it is ready, remove it from the microwave and serve it.
Reheat zeppole using a stove
NB: this method requires you to refry the leftover zeppole but, you need to use a little bit of oil. This is because if you use a lot of oil the zeppole will become too oily.
When reheating zeppole using a stove the first thing that you need to do is to find a pan and place it on a stove that is turned on between medium and low heat and then add the oil.
Once the oil heats up, add the leftover zeppole and begin to fry it on both sides until it is nice and warm. Remove the zeppole from the pan and place it on top of paper towels. These will help to hold any excess oil that might be in the zeppole.
Once all the excess oils are gone you can then serve the zeppole and enjoy.
NB: keep a close eye on the pan when using the stove to reheat zeppole. This is mainly because the zeppole might burn if left unattended.
Tips for reheating zeppole
- When using the stove or the microwave to reheat zeppole, ensure that the zeppole is thawed 6 to 8 hours before reheating it. This is mainly because if you try to reheat them while frozen they will not reheat evenly and at times they will turn soggy.
- Always thaw zeppole in the fridge and not the countertop. This is because if you place them on the countertop you will be exposing them to bacteria.
How to store zeppole
There are 2 methods that you can use to store leftover zeppole. The first method requires you to store zeppole in the fridge while the other one requires you to use the freezer.
Storing zeppole in the fridge
NB: this method only stores leftover zeppole for 2 to 3 days.
When storing zeppole in the fridge the first thing you need to do is to ensure that the zeppole is at room temperature. This is because if you place it in the fridge while hot, the temperature of the fridge will change. This will then affect the shelf life of other foods in your fridge. Once cooled down, place the zeppole in an airtight container and place it in the fridge. Only use this method if you are certain that you will consume the zeppole within a few days or else it will turn bad.
Storing zeppole in the freezer
NB: this method stores zeppole for up to 6 months.
In order to store leftover zeppole in the freezer you need to start by letting the zeppole cool down. This is because if you place them in the freezer while hot, the temperature of the freezer will change. This will then affect the shelf life of other foods in your freezer. When the zeppole has cooled down take a plastic container and place the zeppole inside. If you have a freezer bag you can also use it to store the zeppole. Place the freezer bag or airtight container in the freezer and use the zeppole within 6 months.
There are 3 ways in which you can reheat leftover zeppole and each method has its own advantages over the other. Therefore, use the method that you are most comfortable with. Remember to always store leftover zeppole in either the fridge or the freezer or else it will turn bad when left exposed to room temperature.