Simple doughnut

For a light, pleasant snack for small children, we suggest you prepare a delicacy that from the dawn of time has conquered even the most refined and demanding of palates, notoriously those of small children, those rigid arbiters of every recipe’s scrumptiousness. Here, then, is our special doughnut recipe that will hopefully remind you of things you used to enjoy during your childhood, maybe when you visited your grandmother and found some wonderful doughnuts in a house that smelt of puddings and sugar, with a hint of cinnamon. In winter did you like to dip a lovely big slice of doughnut into a cup of warm milk? Were these some of the little things that made you happy? Well, promise yourself that today you will make something as genuine and simple as this excellent doughnut, because ultimately it is a classic that never goes out of fashion and is loved by children and adults, for breakfast, lunch and dinner!


60 minutes Total time
45 minutes Active time
Serves 5 persons
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Beat the egg yolks and sugar with an electric whisk until the mixture is frothy and creamy. Whisk in the butter at room temperature. Stir in the flour, cornflour and baking powder, a tablespoon at a time. Add the lemon rind and milk to the mixture and again blend together with the whisk. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold firm peaks and then incorporate them gently, always stirring in the same direction. Shape the mixture into a doughnut, place on a well-greased doughnut mould and bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 180 °C. Your doughnut is ready!

To give a touch more flavour to your doughnut, you might add a little vanilla or cocoa powder to the dough.
Although the doughnut is a snack that is widely enjoyed throughout Italy, it’s probable that the origin of this specialty is in Emilia-Romagna.

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