Italian-style doughnuts make a great dinner party dessert or weekend brunch treat with friends!
If you can believe it, the Italians found yet another use for pizza dough: doughnuts! These simple, yet classic, Italian Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts
are nothing more than lightly fried pizza dough. But a quick dip in some hot oil, plus a dusting of cinnamon and sugar, and they taste entirely different. It’s also not necessary to actually deep
-fry them—an inch or so of vegetable oil in a deep saucepan or pot will do.
To make about eight doughnuts, you’ll need:
1/2 pound pizza dough
Flour for dusting
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Vegetable oil for frying
Gently roll the dough out into an 8-by-8-inch square on a lightly floured surface. Use a wine glass to cut as many 3-inch circles out of the dough as possible. To cut out the smaller circle inside (and make it look like a doughnut!), use a small shot glass or large thimble. (Save the cut-out holes to make smaller doughnut holes.)
In a medium bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon.
Pour vegetable oil about one inch deep in a pot or a frying pan with high sides (you don’t want hot grease spattering all over). Heat the oil until it sizzles when you throw in a small piece of dough. Fry the doughnuts and doughnut holes two or three at a time for about one minute per side, or until they’re light golden brown. Using tongs, transfer the doughnuts and doughnut holes, one at a time, into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Use your hands to coat each one well with the cinnamon-sugar and then transfer to a plate. Repeat until all doughnuts and doughnut holes have been cooked and coated.