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    Italian Doughnuts

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    Nana Lee's Note:

    Talk about easy...this couldn't be easier, unles, of course, you bought them! And who doesn't like homemade doughnuts. Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis, Episode#: SR0101. See this recipe on air Sunday Nov. 27, 2005 at 5:00 PM ET/PT.

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    1. 1
      Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2-inch thickness.
    2. 2
      If you have a donut cutter useit, at least 2 inch diameter.
    3. 3
      If no donut cutter,use a floured 2-inch cookie cutter, cut out doughnut rounds.
    4. 4
      Then use a floured 1-inch cookie cutter, cut out a hole in the center of each doughnut.
    5. 5
      Gather the dough scraps and reroll.
    6. 6
      Cut out more doughnuts.
    7. 7
      Whisk the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl to blend.
    8. 8
      Set the cinnamon-sugar aside.
    9. 9
      Pour equal parts of vegetable oil and olive oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 2 inches.
    10. 10
      Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375ºF.
    11. 11
      Working in batches, fry the doughnuts until they puff but are still pale, about 45 seconds per side.
    12. 12
      Use a slotted spoon to transfer the doughnuts to paper towels to drain.
    13. 13
      Cool slightly.
    14. 14
      While the doughnuts are still warm, generously coat each 2 times with the cinnamon-sugar.
    15. 15
      Serve warm.
    16. 16
      Alternately, cool the fried doughnuts to room temperature.
    17. 17
      Stir 3 ounces of milk chocolate and 1/4 cup of whipping cream in a heavy small saucepan over medium-low heat until the chocolate melts.
    18. 18
      Set aside until the chocolate sauce comes to room temperature but does not set.
    19. 19
      Dip 1 side of each doughnut into the chocolate mixture.
    20. 20
      Sprinkle with finely chopped toasted almonds or crushed espresso beans and set aside until the chocolate is set.

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    • on July 23, 2009


      I was so hunkering for some doughnuts this evening, but DID NOT the hassle of making the dough. Found this recipe and decided to try it. I used a canned pizza dough I had and just cut the roll in 1/2 inch slices, poked a hole in the middle, threw them in the deep fryer for a few minutes, and VOILA...DOUGHNUTS! I would have taken a picture, but they were eaten as fast as I could make them! I would have never quessed pizza dough could come out so good! Thanks for the recipe...even my husband was amazed! LOL

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    • on June 11, 2007



    Nutritional Facts for Italian Doughnuts

    Serving Size: 1 (12 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 9

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 65.4
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 0.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 16.6 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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