Italian Doughnuts

Total Time:
25 min
15 min
10 min

about 18 doughnuts

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Pour equal parts of vegetable oil and olive oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a floured 2-inch cookie cutter, cut out doughnut rounds. Using a floured 1-inch cookie cutter, cut out a hole in the center of each doughnut. Gather the dough scraps and re-roll to cut out more doughnuts.

Whisk the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl to blend. Set the cinnamon-sugar aside.

When the oil is hot, working in batches, fry the doughnuts until they puff but are still pale, about 45 seconds per side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnuts to paper towels to drain. Cool slightly. While the doughnuts are still warm, add to the bowl with cinnamon-sugar and generously coat each 2 times with the cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm.

Alternately, cool the fried doughnuts to room temperature. Stir 3 ounces milk chocolate and 1/4 cup whipping cream in a heavy small saucepan over medium-low heat until the chocolate melts. Set aside until the chocolate sauce comes to room temperature but does not set. Dip 1 side of each doughnut into the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with finely chopped toasted almonds or crushed espresso beans and set aside until the chocolate is set.

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    I used Trader Joe's pizza dough as well and took these to a New Years celebration. They were all gone in 5 minutes. I will be making them again and again. I used cinnamon and sugar, but next time I may try chocolate. Brilliant and easy recipe.
    The cinnamon sugar donuts were a hit! I didn't have the cut outs so I just rolled them into mini doughnut balls and enjoyed them at movie night with the hubby. Thanks Giada for making it easy for the cooking challenged person. (smile)
    I used Trader Joe's prepared whole wheat pizza dough, I rolled it out to a 1/2 inch and it worked. I used mostly canola, corn, safflower and olive oil. I didn't want to use all of my olive oil but I'm going to save the oil and I will use it again in a couple of days. They were delicious. I didn't bother with the confectioners sugar and chocolate glaze but that will be for next time. I kind of burned myself dropping the holes in. I plan to transport them tomorrow, I noticed by other reviewers that they don't keep well so I suppose I will try them in the morning to see how they held up overnight.
    i made these today
    i didnt have any pizza dough so i made my own
    by following another recipe for doughnuts.
    After i cooked them they seemed pretty good. But i did notice that the center wasnt cooked, but most likely that was my fault..but like another reviewer said after they cool and you want seconds they are extremly too tough. They sure wasnt like any reg, doughnuts not light and ect. The cinnamon-sugar did compliment the doughnuts not lie.. i might give this another go with some pre-made pizza dough and see how that turns out.
    I made my own pizza dough using a recipe on Fleishman's website. Let it rise the hour using quick active yeast, then I rolled them out and cut them with a glass and then used a melon baller to make the hole in the center. At first I rolled them too thin and they were not very good to handle, then I just kneeded the dough again and rolled them out thicker and they were just great at that point. The frying was easy and I used Crisco. My husband di d the frying part and the cinnamon & sugar part, and I cut them and put them in the shortening. They were so yummy. We can't wait to try them with the chocolate and espresso bean topping and the almonds too. Another great recipe from Giada!
    If you don't like pizza dough try canned biscuit dough. They make great fried doughnuts everytime.
    Easy to make and tasty, but....extremely chewy and they get more so the next day.
    Giadas donuts are the best cinnamon donuts ever. The cinnamon sugarpowder compliments the home- made donuts perfectly.They are indescrible!!!!DELISIOS!!!!!
    I never knew you could make doughnuts out of pizza dough! That was a lot of fun and easy. Be careful not to make your dough rounds too thick or it will NOT come out light and airy as its supposed to. You must eat them right away as leaving them sitting for a few hours makes them harden up and not tasty.
    They came out pretty good, I like the idea of prepared pizza dough, it makes if far much quicker. Thanks for the recipe.
    I like a lot of Giadas recipes and am always cooking. But when I made these, I found the pizza dough to be too elastic. I had trouble rolling it out, it kept stretching back. They were o.k. when they were still warm, but don't dare try to save them. After they are cool, too hard to bite (my kids even said so, they had trouble biting them) I also made the chocolate glaze thats with the recipe, which never set. What a mess.
    I made this Sunday night when everyone was craving something sweet. I had recently purchased pizza dough from the grocery store and used that to make the doughnuts. They were so easy to make and everyone loved them. The kids helped me cut them out and put them in a paper bag with powedered sugar and shook them. It was nice to be able to get the kids involved! Thanks Giada!
    I made this for a few friends, never have tried it before and blew everyone away. They keep asking when I am making it again. I has surprised how easy it was and it definately a show stopper. Easy and delicious.. Thanks
    I saw the show and wanted to make them that same day. It was easy fast and my 7 year old helped me cut and frost them so not only was it good it was fun to make and eat.
    They were so easy to make and fun to do with the kids. Will make again and again.
    I made these for my husband! It was trial and error at first because my thermometer broke so I just had to throw a few pieces of dough in before I got the oil just right. I did the cinnamon and sugar for my doughnut holes and the chocolate glaze for the regular. It's not something I would do on a normal basis but a great recipe to hang on to.
    My girls and I tried this recipe, with disappointing results. I adore glazed raised doughnuts, but making the dough from scratch is just a little much for me. I loved the simplicity of the pizza dough idea, but the doughnuts turned out extremely heavy and dense. I did use a frying thermometer, so I know that oil temperature wasn't a factor. They did not puff up nearly as much as Giada's did, and since the dough had very little sweetness of its own, they still tasted salty, even with the sugar, chocolate ganache, or glaze. It is possible that the fresh dough I bought at the grocery store just wasn't quite right. I think I will try again with a different pizza dough, or maybe even Bridgeford bread dough - it might make them lighter in texture. I still love Giada, and appreciate her efforts to bring wonderful Italian-American inspired foods to American tables.
    These little doughnuts were so simple and delicious! Everyone who ate them, loved them!
    This was a great dessert for my nieces and nephew to make once we finished dinner and with all the varieties of toppings they had a ball.
    These were very moist and had a great flavor. They were easy to make as well...just make sure you don't have the oil too hot or you will burn the outside and the inside will still be doughy.
    very easy and good
    You may as well just make twice as much as you need. Our plate didn't even make it til supper. These light little gems were simple and rewarding. Giada to the rescue!
    excelente!! delicioso, and very easy to make. I've always made doughnuts by separating biscuit dough that comes in a roll, this dough is much much better.
    made them with my daughter last nite and everyone loved them
    these are just like home made doughnuts. They are just so good.
    I ran right out to get the dough - for my teen to enjoy preparing in the kitchen
    I made this for a "cook off" my sister and I had. Let's just say I won the contest thanks to these great donuts... :) They almost taste like churros. My only advice is make extra!
    thank you giada u are great!
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