Avast me hearties, feast your eyes on this plate of bone-boloni. That be Italian style doughnuts in landlubber terms. That’s right, this month me merry crew of D-arrrr-ing Bakers went nuts. For doughnuts. Arrr…
Skull and crossbone-boloni
Okay, I won’t try to do the whole post in Pirate, and yes I know, talk like a pirate day is long gone, but little MC junior had been obsessing about having a pirate themed birthday party for almost a year now. Of course, like all good almost-4 year olds, she’s had a complete and sudden change of mind and decided she doesn’t want a pirate p-aar-ty after all. Her birthday is just over two weeks away.
Luckily, I’ve been a tad disorganised and her change of mind hasn’t really thrown a spanner in the works, but I needed to get the pirate out of my system, so bear with me.
I’m tired, I’ve done this whole challenge in one day (thank you one-person cheer squad), so I think I will do less of the talking and more of the showing the pictures.
And before I forget and get kicked out of the gang, here is my international sign of the doughnut : The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.
I made the Kate Neumann bomboloni recipe(halved portions) and as far as recipes go, it was a walk in the park. Apart from sticky dough (just dust with flour to counteract) the doughnuts were pretty straightforward to make. I did find that the bomboloni fried better if the heat was kept at medium low, I didn’t use a thermometer but when I noticed the doughnuts were browning too quickly, I’d move the wok off the stove to cool it down a bit.
See, I made some proper ones too. These were mini versions (I used a bottle top to cut out circles. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, yum!)
Filled some with blueberry jam
Used a larger cutter, made a few bigger ones and filled with nutella (but of course)
To make the bone shaped doughnuts, I rolled a small sausage of dough from the middle so that it bulged at both ends like a set of dumb bells. then I flattened the whole thing. Worked a treat.
Don’t forget to visit our host to find the recipes, or you can find them at the Daring Kitchen, and do check out what the other p-arrr-ticipants made!
Doughnuts on a skewer. While playing with my doughnuts (*raised eyebrow*), I remembered that when I was a kid, we'd buy doughnuts like these from the bakery. Anyone else remember them?