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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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) item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you don't like pizza dough try canned biscuit dough. They make great fried doughnuts everytime. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and tasty, but....extremely chewy and they get more so the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Giadas donuts are the best cinnamon donuts ever. The cinnamon sugarpowder compliments the home- made donuts perfectly.They are indescrible!!!!DELISIOS!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They came out pretty good, I like the idea of prepared pizza dough, it makes if far much quicker. Thanks for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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