Italian donuts recipes

Italian donuts


Nutella Bomboloni is a soft delicious fried Italian donut filled with Nutella (or with a filling of our choice). One of the best parts of NYC is eating such delicious treats. I tried these twice in 2020 (in different restaurants) and I had to recreate it because it was SO good! A soft donut covered with sugar filled with nutella- how can you go wrong with such a delicious experience? I even like to pipe some nutella over it- can you have too much nutella? You can fill them with any pastry cream or even whipped cream. They do take patience to make so that they can rest but so worth it!


  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp (103 g) lukewarm milk- Not hot
  • 1 tsp(3g) dry active yeast
  • 2.5 tbsp (35g) granulated sugar + sugar for rolling donut
  • 3 tbsp (39g) melted butter/vegetable oil
  • 1 (50g) large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cups (265g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Oil for frying
  • About 1-1.5 cup of Nutella ( or another filling like pastry cream or whipped cream)


  1. In a stand mixer add lukewarm milk. Add the yeast over it. Whisk and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla and oil/butter and whisk them till combined.
  3. Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the mixture.
  4. Attach dough hook and combine the dough together on a low speed.Do not exceed the speed of 3 and let it knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. The dough should be smooth nd elastic. Do not worry about some stretching on the dough,
  5. Knead the dough by hand on a counter for 1-2 minutes. Knead and shape it to a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it proof for 2-3 hours.
  6. After the dough has proofed, it should atlas double in size. Knead the dough and roll it into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut it in the shape you like.
  7. Place the cut shaped on a parchment lined tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest in a for an hour. The donuts will rise
  8. Warm oil and bring it to about 340-360F. Fry the donuts on both sides flipping it in between a couple of times.
  9. Once fried take the donuts out and let it dry on a paper towel for 1-2 mins.
  10. Roll them immediately after in fine granulated sugar to cover them all over.
  11. Make a hole at the side of the donuts with a knife. Using a piping bag, fill with Nutella or a filling of your choice. You can even pipe some Nutella on top of the donut if you like.
  12. Serve warm.