Nutella Krapfen-Bombe alla nutella

It is carnival back in Italy and I’ve been missing some of the treats and desserts that you usually eat at this special time of the year. These are originally Austrian, but we still eat them our style! 😛

I tried making both fried and baked. No doubt the fried ones were WINNING! much much better as they are were lighter (ironic right?!) and just tasted like home. I still have to get the look/aesthetics right but the taste was all there 🙂

INGREDIENTS: makes 20ish (depends on how big or small they are)

500gr flour + extra

7 gr yeast (1 sachet)

100 gr sugar

250 ml milk (warmed)

1tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1 pinch of salt

Nutella

Veg oil to fry

In a bowl, mix warmed up milk and yeast together and let sit for a couple of minutes. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. The batter will be pretty sticky, but you can knead it from within the bowl to give it a bit of a round shape. Put in a greased bowl and cover with cling film. Let it rise for 1-2 hours.

Once it has risen to double or even triple its size, roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut circles with a glass.

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Let the circles rise another half hour covering them with a clean cloth.

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You will need to sandwich the circles, so spoon a 2tsp of Nutella on 10 of the circles leaving 10 plain ones. With some water, dab the outer border of the Nutella circles and cover with another plain circle. Let them rise another half hour, covering with a cloth.

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Fill a pan with 2 fingers of oil and heat. The oil has to be very hot so just use a leftover bit of batter to check the temperature. Careful not to deflate the dough, so pick up the krapfen delicately and put two at the time in the pan to fry. They will be very quick, less than a minute on each side and dry on a kitchen towel.

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Cover with icing sugar, or better yet caster sugar, and eat 🙂 They are really yummy!

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Enjoy Ciao for now! xox

Baked Cinnamon Glazed Donuts

It has been a loooong time since I actually baked or cooked anything in the kitchen. Tomorrow we have Open Day at university for my Italian Association. I have been practicing and baking breadsticks like there is no tomorrow as well as crostate and all :).

However, this weekend Mike is also moving house and wanted to have a BBQ chill out session… and dessert can’t miss can it?

Since I’m already elbows deep in yeast and flour…

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup warm milk
50g butter, melted
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons instant dried yeast
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Stir one tablespoon of butter in the warm milk. In a bowl, sift the flour and add the yeast, 1/4 sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Pour the milk in the flour and mix.

On a floured counter, knead the dough for 10 minutes or until smooth. If its too hard, add a little bit of the remaining butter.

Place the dough in a slightly greased bowl and cover with cling film for an hour.

Once the dough has risen and doubled in size, punch it down and knead on a floured work surface. Roll out for 2.5-3 cm thick and with a glass, cut out 12 circles. I used a piping nozzle to make the small holes in the middle 🙂

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Place them on parchment paper, 5 cm from one another for another 30 minutes.

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Turn oven on 180°.

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Bake for 15minutes or until golden. Let them cool for a while.

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I decided I wanted to make a huge one, hopefully it’s as good as the others 😛

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Brush the remaining butter on the doughnuts and and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Alternatively, you can put sugar and cinnamon (and some brown sugar) in a plate and put the doughnuts in there to be coated.

The result is always the same, depends on what you find easier 🙂

And Voilà!! 😀

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Enjoy! Ciao for now xox

 

Oven Baked Doughnuts

Hey All, it’s been too long.. again.. but work, uni, club events they are all happening at the same time! I decided to give myself a rest day today and made these beautiful doughnut which I think, if fried, would be even better but this is definitely the healthier version 😛 My flatmate is going to be happy today!

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 20)

230 ml milk

60 gr sugar +  for sprinkling

1 egg

500gr plain flour

7gr dried yeast (just one sachet)

100 gr softened butter in cubes+2tsp

pinch of salt

In a bowl, put the egg, sugar, salt, milk and mix. Add the yeast and half of the flower and start mixing and kneading on working surface. A piece at the time, add the 100gr butter cubes until combined and then add the rest of the flour little by little. You will obtain a smooth, elastic dough which you will place in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp clean cloth and set aside for an hour 1/2. I placed it in the turned off oven.

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Once it has grown double its original size, sprinkle some flour on the working counter and knead it gently, then flatten it with a rolling pin leaving it 1cm high. Take a cookie cutter or a glass to make the round shapes and for the smaller hole I used one of the my piping nozzles but anything round can be used.

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Because there was some left over dough i just used the nozzle and make tiny donut bites 🙂

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Place all your doughnuts on baking trays covered in parchment and let them rest for another hour.

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the yeast should still be active and continue growing..

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Turn oven on 180°.

Melt 2 tbsp of butter and with a brush cover the doughnuts’ surface. In a place, put the rest of the sugar and gently roll in the buttered doughnuts.

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put in the oven for 10-15 min (at half time, say 6 mins I turned them around)

And you are done and ready to eat them. As I said, if fried they would be awesome. But anything that gets fried is so.. 😀

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anyways, enjoy.

Ciao for now!! xox