These Carnival doughnuts (inspired by a recipe from Alessandra Spisni, a teacher from Bologna to ‘La Prova del Cuoco’) are delicious fried, leavened sweet snacks, usually prepared during Carnival. The doughnuts have a soft, puffy texture, can be of various sizes, and are often filled with the classic apricot or cherry jam. But if you are somebody who has a really sweet tooth, you shouldn’t miss making a doughnut filling with a pastry cream or Nutella! You can have your Carnival doughnuts for a substantial, filling breakfast or simply eat them as lovely mid-morning snack. Now follow our recipe step-by-step and remember to add a sprinkling of sugar when the cakes are hot, because the sugar will better stick to the sides of the doughnut when they’re warm. Your guests will be delighted with your Carnival doughnuts!
Arrange 450g of flour in a well shape and add the egg yolks, vanilla, sugar, melted butter and the yeast dissolved in warm milk. Knead with your hands for at least 10 minutes, until you have a smooth, deep yellow dough. Leave it to rise for at least two hours in a floured bowl covered with a cloth. After this time, transfer the dough to a work surface, knead it again to get it completely deflated, and shape it into a long loaf with a diameter of about 4 or 5 cm. Cut out 20 equal pieces with a spatula, form them into a ball and leave them to rise for another hour on a floured cloth. After the second rising, fry the doughnuts in hot oil until golden on both sides. Drain on paper towels, let them cool and sprinkle with icing sugar.