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Bomboloni – Italian Donuts 


bomboloni italian donuts recipe

YUM is the first thing that shoots into my head, just by looking at this picture!

I love my Bomboloni – They’re soft, airy, super easy to make and NOT fried! This is probably the fact I love most.
The dough is prepared really quick, you can either do that in the morning and bake it noon or simply do it the night before.
It’s also really easy to work with the dough, you won’t have any problems.
They get filled right after baking, as soon as you can touch them. For the filling you can be totally creative. Now for Christmas time I love to fill them with some eggnog cream (eggnog = instant vanilla pudding powder), then after Christmas with jam or chocolate spread.

Bomboloni - Italian Donuts 
Recipe type: Dessert
What you need
  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons
  • ⅔ cups milk
  • ¼ cup sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, optional
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Jam, chocolate spread, eggnog cream etc. for filling
How you make it
  1. In a large bowl combine milk, yeast, 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons sugar
  2. Let rest for 10 minutes
  3. Add remaining sugar, egg yolks, butter, flour and orange zest
  4. Knead for 8 minutes!
  5. Bring into a ball shape, cover the bowl and let rest for 2 hours or over night
  6. Now form the dough into a roll and cut off 12 evenly sized pieces
  7. Form each piece into a ball like shape
  8. Place balls on a baking sheet with parchment paper and let rest covered with a dish towel for 40 minutes
  9. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 395 F
  10. Bake Bomboloni for 15 minutes
  11. Right after baking gently brush the Bomboloni with some melted butter and dust them with sugar or powdered sugar
  12. Once they are cooled down a little you might want to fill them with jam or pudding!


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  1. Did you make that donut? That looks so professional… I have never heard of Bomboloni donuts but they sure do look good.

  2. Ohh I do love a donut – I would definitely love to give these a try :) x

  3. OH MY GOSH!! You are absolutely evil! Those look amazing!! If only I could cook!

  4. yes please, I’ll take a half dozen to go. Pinned it.
    One of these days when it cools off, I’ll give these a go. I know I ate these when I was in Italy
    a LONG time ago.

  5. Oh my gosh these look and sound delicious! I think I might have most of the ingredients already I am going to try these this weekend.

  6. I have never heard of these, but now I must go and make these. I like the fruit filling, but I can see the cream filling being delicious also.

  7. While I am not much into filled donuts, these looks spectacular.

  8. These look delicious and the recipe looks easy to follow. Might have to give it a try!

  9. Oh my goodness. Those look totally yummy! Anything with a filling I want to eat!

  10. I love finding these recipes. I need to do more baking and I know this one would be appreciated in our house. Thank you!

  11. I can seriously smell these cooking right now. My grandma made them when we were kids. Amazing! This I have GOT to try!

  12. My boys love filled donuts and I really like that you can fill these with whatever filling you want. They really look delicious.

  13. Those look a helluva lot better than store-brought.

  14. Everytime I visit your blog I get a craving for whatever your post is about. lol thanks for the recipe!

  15. Wilna Lima says:

    Can you use the other yeast not pkg dry?

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