Bombolini, Italian Beignet

IMG_5367IMG_5368I’m back from London, where I spent a lovely and amazing trip and where I had the pleasure of meeting up with my friend from the blogosphere Elaine, from Foodbod. It was great fun to meet, a rainy day (London weather of course). We chatted and shared tips (on what to visit, eat and where to go). I really appreciate her friendly company and for taking the time to meet up with me, thanks to a lot Elaine!

Now I’m back home and have a sweet surprise for Fiesta Friday #115, where I’m bringing Bambolini, the yummy Italian Beignet/Doughnut. Made with a sweet dough, fried and rolled in sugar or very often filled with jam, these Italian Doughnuts were always on sale at the beaches in Algeria and at fairgrounds. I remember eating them in the evening and watching the sunset before going home with my cousins during the summertime!

Thank you to our host Angieand to our wonderful co-host’s for this week Julie @ Hostess At Heart and Ashley @ Too Zesty!

Serves: 6 large Bombolini


  • 500g of flour (all-purpose flour/plain flour)
  • 15g of fresh yeast
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 125g of butter at room temperature
  • 130ml of full-fat milk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Sunflower oil (for frying)
  • Caster sugar for the decoration.


  • In the mixing bowl of the stand mixer add the flour and the sugar.
  • Crumble the fresh yeast in the middle and add the salt on the side.
  • Start to mix all the ingredients with the hook of your stand mixer on a low-speed.
  • Add the eggs at the same time and now mix on a medium speed.
  • Pour the milk and continue to mix.
  • Finally, add the butter (cut into small cubes) and mix on a high-speed until the dough becomes smooth and detaches from the bowl.
  • Cover with a plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and transfer the dough onto a floured surface.
  • Flatten the dough and use a round metal circle cookie cutter to make your bombolini.
  • Flour a large baking tray and transfer the bombolini on the tray.
  • Let the dough rise for a good two hours.
  • In a large pot heat the oil.
  • Fry the bombolini one by one in the hot oil.
  • Remove from the pan when they are golden brown on both sides and put them into a colander.
  • Roll the bombolini in sugar and serve with a strong coffee.

Bonne dégustation!

PS: If you use dry yeast follow the instructions behind your package!

Here some pictures from my trip to London 🙂



65 Comments Add yours

  1. So lovely!!! It really was such a lovely day, I’m so glad I got to spend it with you – the rain couldn’t spoil the joy that day brought 😘😘😘😘

    1. Thank you so much Elaine. It was so nice meeting you in person during my holidays. It has been really lovely and a great first visit to London. Enjoy the rest of the weekend my friend😘😘😘😘

      1. Elaine , didnt know you are based in London 🙂 next time I am there we are catching up for sure 🙂

  2. These beignets look delightful…one day i will venture into trying to make them myself 🙂 lovely post and enjoy your weekend.

    1. Thanks a lot Zeba for your nice comment. I hope you will try it and do let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  3. Darya says:

    On dirait que tu as quand même eu quelques belles journées de soleil ! Tes beignets ont l’air délicieux et délicatement parfumés, un vrai délice !

    1. J’avoue que j’ai eu pas mal de chance néanmoins j’ai quand même beaucoup apprécié la pluie et le froid 🙂 Les beignets étaient moelleux et sont très vite partis! 🙂

  4. How wonderful that you were able to meet up with Elaine! I’m sure you had a wonderful time. Your photos, especially that bread look amazing. I love beignets, but have never had an Italian beignet. I need to figure out where to get some fresh yeast. I would love a couple of these with my morning coffee!

    1. I know, it was a very agreeable day. Blogging is a nice community to meet fantastic people!
      You can make the bombolini with dry yeast too. Usually I bought 1/2 kg of fresh yeast, divided small packs of 20gr and then frozen, it works very well. Thanks for co-hosting this week FF! 🙂

      1. I love this tip! I’ll have to get some fresh for sure. I love hosting and wish I could do it more often.

  5. skd says:

    Delicious looking beignets and beautiful pictures Linda. I am sure you people had a wonderful time meeting up.

    1. Thanks a lot Ana. Absolutely, I had such a good time chatting with Elaine! 🙂

  6. Delightful beignets and gorgeous pics , Linda 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Freda! 🙂

  7. Loretta says:

    How wonderful that you met up with Elaine. I will be in London this summer visiting my family, and Elaine and I are kinda talking about perhaps a meet up. Not sure if it will be feasible though as there’s just so many folks to visit whenever I go to England. So glad you were able to though. Your beignets look amazing. I had no idea that Italians had beignets as well. It looks just gorgeous!

    1. Thank you very much Loretta, the beignets were delicious. I hope you get the chance to meet Elaine, she’s a nice Lady. Have a nice week! 🙂

  8. Linda they look perfect and what stunning photos as usual. 😊

    1. Thanks a lot Marisa! 🙂

  9. Love those doughnuts Linda, they look incredibly delicious. How wonderful that you met Elaine, she is wonderful. I would love to meet you both one day.

    1. Thank you so much Suzanne. Yes she is wonderful, I’m so glad finally I met her. I would love to meet you too one day! 🙂

  10. Linda, your bombolinis look amazingly delectable. I love them!
    How lovely that you met up with Elaine. I hope I will meet up with you, Elaine and many, many blogger friends. Thank you for sharing your travel photos. Welcome back!. 🙂

    1. Thanks Fae, the bombolinis were yummy and they vanished so fast 😉 I hope I will meet up with you one day (in Dubai or maybe US). I really had a great day with Elaine despite the rain! 🙂

  11. Patty Nguyen says:

    Aww, you and Elaine got to spend time together!! Love it!!

    1. Yes, Patty 😉 It was a great day with a lot of fun! 🙂

  12. Nadia says:

    Takes me back. My Italian grandmother made these all the time.

    1. Nadia, I’m so glad that beignets reminded you of your Grandma’s recipe!

  13. chef mimi says:

    What fun – I love meeting other bloggers! My daughter lived in London for four years and boy did I visit a lot! Such a great foodie city!!!

    1. It was my real first trip in London. I really enjoyed meeting Elaine and discovering the city too! 🙂 I agree with you a superb foodie city!

  14. Francesca says:

    Simply perfect, Linda!

    1. Thanks a lot Francesca! 🙂

  15. Must be hard to stop at just one of these Linda! 😍 So fabulous that you were able to spend the day with Elaine in London… it’s a city I’d love to explore a lot more.

    1. You made me laugh Margot 😀 They were good and spongy! I’m lucky to spend a day with Elaine, I hope one day I will meet up with you, ça serait fantastique. London is a beautiful city the complete opposite of Paris et pleine de charme! xx

  16. Beth says:

    Your photos from London look great – you had some nice weather, at least! And your beignets look fabulous.

    1. Thank you so much Beth! 🙂

  17. Wonderful photos of London and mouthwatering bombolini, can’t wait to try them when the sugar ban is over!

    1. Thank you so much Nicole! 🙂

  18. Wow 🙂 London pics looks so good. I am so in love with London since I visited last year. I had no clue Elaine lives there.. I will surely plan to meet her when I am there next. And coming to the Beignets.. they are absolutely tempting. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much. I love London too, beautiful places with a vibe atmosphere. Elaine is fantastic, I hope you get the chance to meet her! 🙂

  19. Anna says:

    Such lovely photos, Linda, and your bambolini look so incredibly delicious! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed your trip!

    1. Thank you so much Ana. The trip was amazing, I really enjoyed it. Have a nice day! 🙂

      1. Anna says:

        So lovely! Have a wonderful day as well, Linda! 🙂

  20. I’ve always wanted to try making the beignets New Orleans is famous for. I have a number of recipes collected and now I can add an Italian one 🙂

    1. Judi, the beignets were really nice. Fluffy inside and soft. I like mine simple with just sugar on the top. Have a nice day! 🙂

  21. Jhuls says:

    I am very delighted to know about your meet up with Elaine, Linda. You are both amazing! And I would love some of these with my coffee! 😀 I hope you are having a great week. Happy FF! Hugs!

    1. Yes, Jhuls finally I met Elaine. The beignets were so yummy and I plan to try your twisted one 😀 Have a nice day and thanks a lot for your lovely comment. 😘😘😘

  22. Nancy says:

    Pure goodness, Linda! You’ve brought back lovely memories of eating warm bambolini, on a brisk Spring day, while strolling the streets of Lucca, Italy. ❤ Thank you!! I'm so happy to hear you and Elaine were able to meet. It's so special to meet our virtual friends in person!

    1. Nancy, thank you so much. I’m so glad you liked it and this is one of my favorite beignet 😉 It was a superb day meeting Elaine in person! 🙂

  23. Tiens, ils sont magnifiques ces beignets, j’aime beaucoup. Gros bisous

    1. Merci beaucoup. Tu as un superbe blog. Gros bisous! 🙂

  24. Jess says:

    I forgot to tell you how delicious I think your beignets look Linda–VERY well done! And your London trip with Elaine looks like it was a blast 😉

    1. Thanks a lot Jess, I really appreciate your nice comment. Happy FF! 🙂 Meeting Elaine was the cheery on top 😉

  25. safia-safou says:

    quel jolies photos et tes beignets sont fabuleux bravo Linda twahachtek

    1. Merci Safou 😘😘😘Darthoum kima ant3 Sidi Fredj 😀

  26. Wow those beignets look absolutely fabulous!! Yum!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  27. You have induced cravings!! Drat that it’s very late – much too late to cook, or I’d be making these right now! What luscious photos!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I’m glad you liked it. Very easy to prepare and yummy too. Have a nice weekend! 🙂

  28. SweetJ says:

    Wow, beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  29. Margherita says:

    I feel at home today… I love this post, and of course I love the bomboloni too!

    1. Thanks Margherita, I love bombolini too! 🙂

  30. Anugya @ Indian Curry Shack says:

    Hey Linda, these bombolinis look delectable! I am so sure I won’t be able to stop at one 🙂 Fabulous pictures of London too!
    As a token of appreciation, I’ll be sharing it’s recipe link as the Recipe of the Day on our Facebook group ‘Recipe Repertoire’ (a group uniting food bloggers and food lovers). Congrats and do join and have a look at

    1. Hi Anugya,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I really appreciate it.
      Thanks for sharing my recipe on your group, you really made my day. Have a wonderful week and thank you! 🙂

      1. Anugya @ Indian Curry Shack says:

        Complete pleasure, Linda! You too have an amazing week! 🙂

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