Ricette americane: Doughnuts

I doughnuts (o donuts) sono le famose ciambelle americane: morbidi e golosi dolcetti fritti coperti da coloratissime glasse.


This is two recipes in one – make the ring doughnuts and cover them in a glacé icing, then cook the centres and toss them in caster sugar to make little munchies.

makes: 5-6 rings, plus 10-14 munchies
calories per ring: 335
fat per ring: 8g
calories per munchie: 80
fat per munchie: 2g

for the doughnuts:

  • sunflower oil, for frying
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 100ml milk

for the icing:

  • 175g icing sugar
  • pink liquid food colouring
  • 1-2 tablespoons hundreds-and-thousands

for  the munchies:

  • ½ level teaspoon cinnamon
  • 60-90g caster sugar
  • 8cm and 3 cm plain round cutters

Heat the oil in a deep fat-fryer to 170C. Meanwhile, sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Beat the egg and oil into the milk and add to the dry ingredients, beating with a spoon to bind them together. Knead lightly on a floured surface until smooth, then roll out to a 2cm thickness. Flour the cutters and use the larger cutter to cut out rounds of dough, and the smaller one to cut out the centres. Re-roll the trimmings and cut more a further 2-3 minutes, until they’re an even golden colour and cooked through. Lift on to kitchen paper to drain briefly and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Cook the munchies for about 4-5 minutes, turning once. Remote them from the oil and drain on kitchen paper and, while they’re still hot, toss them in the cinnamon sugar to coat evenly, shaking off any excess. Place on wire racks to cool completely.

To decorate the ring doughnuts: Add sufficient water to the icing sugar to give a spreading consistency. Colour the icing with the food colouring and then spread it over the doughnuts with a knife, one at a time sprinkling a few Hundreds and Thousands on each while the icing is still wet and before decorating next doughnut. Leave for the icing to set. The doughnuts are best eaten on the day they’re made. Not suitable for freezing.

doughnut – ciambella
glacé icing – glassa di zucchero
to toss – gettare
caster sugar – zucchero semolato
munchies – bocconcini / assaggini
frying – frittura
self-raising flour – miscela di farina e lievito
hundreds-and-thousands – diavolini colorati
cinnamon – cannella
cutter – stampino (per biscotti)
to sift – setacciare
to stir in – mescolare
to knead – impastare
dough – impasto
trimmings – pezzetti tagliati
wire rack – griglia
to drain – sgocciolare
sufficient – sufficiente


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