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Mini Nutella Doughnuts

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mini Nutella Doughnuts

I love making a "doughnut" that doesn't require yeast!  These are much more like a beignet than a doughnut, but who really cares; fried dough is fried dough.  And fried dough is really, really good.

I was reading one of my really old cookbooks, The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham and came across a recipe for some simple doughnuts.  Then, I was reading Helene's blog and she had a recipe for mini Nutella Doughnuts.  It was a sign!

I whipped up a batch of these a few mornings ago, prior to the kids waking up. When they did ultimately get up
( it is summer, after all - sleeping until 10:00 a.m. has become the norm), they ventured into the kitchen first.  There were quite a few smiles that morning!

These are easy and delicious.  Next time I will pipe them with jelly or lemon curd or some marshmallow fluff for Levi!

Nutella Doughnuts
adapted from My Tartelette 

3 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
8 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese 
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
canola oil for frying
powdered sugar for dusting
nutella for piping

• heat 3 inches of oil in a dutch oven until it registers 375* on a thermometer
• in a large bowl, stir together eggs, ricotta cheese, sugar, salt, and vanilla.  add the flour, baking powder and mix until combined
• drop a tablespoon of batter into oil.  fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side.  you want them amber in color.  do not crowd the pan ( I fried one to begin with to check for doneness.  I opened one up to make sure the dough was cooked through). 
• when cooked, drain on paper towels.
• when warm enough to handle, pipe nutella into the center of each doughnut.  dust with powdered sugar.
• eat them immediately.  best when fresh from the fryer!

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Anonymous lauranav said...

Oh, YUM. I love Nutella and love fried dough. Any tips for those of us scared to deep-fry, though?

July 21, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Line said...

Wow this looks really good!!

Have a good day!

July 21, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Jess--Sugar High said...

Yum, I'd love to wake up to these! Lucky kids... :)

July 21, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

These sound so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing.

July 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Bria said...

Those look absolutely delicious! Beautiful photos as well, looks so homey to me :-)

July 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Charlene Huang said...

When can I move in to have breakfast with the Salzman boys?

July 21, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger The Urban Baker said... are welcome for breakfast any time!!

July 21, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous my spatula said...

these look amazing! i'd love about...oh, a dozen for dinner please! :)

July 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

These look gorgeous, and your pictures are fab too. Must remember to make some ricotta and try these soon! Aaah 10am; they always eventually wake up, don't they? Thankfully schools have reopened her in India and we're back to regular schedules again!!

July 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Nutella is one of the beat things in the world and doughtnuts too... Conclusion= these are probably amazing!

July 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger The Urban Baker said...

Hi everyone,
thanks for all your wonderful comments:

laura - don't be afraid of frying. if you have a candy thermometer it makes life so much easier. Plus you only use 3 inches of oil!

line - they are good

jess - you to can wake up to these. they take minutes to make!

kat - they are delicious!

bria - plus they make your house smell good

charlene - come on down!

my spatula - you will eat a dozen - or two!

deeba - make ricotta? you go girl!

kim - nutella is quite the ingredient. crack for foodies!

have a sweet day

July 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

These are delish, Susan! Can I grab a couple? :)

July 22, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Katie@Cozydelicious said...

These look amazing! I am a nutella freak but I have never had it in a doughnut... yum!!!

July 22, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger ~Lisa~ said...

Nutella douhgnuts, WHAT! OH my i'm in heaven. Thanks for your comment on my blog (= Have you replaced your madeleine pan?

July 23, 2010 at 4:18 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

that jar of nutella in my cabinet is calling my name

July 23, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I love these doughnuts! Deliciousness in a sweet little package!

July 24, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Kate Morgan Jackson said...

hoo! definitely have to try these babies. I adore anything that features Nutella as an ingredient :)

July 26, 2010 at 5:02 AM  

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