Red wine donuts

A plate of biscuits typical of Roman castles, the wine doughnuts

Maximum yield and minimum effort for the donuts in red wine, a traditional Roman biscuit (but spread in various types in much of southern Italy) that is naturally vegetarian and vegan because they had no butter and no eggs. Red wine doughnuts are yummy, They have a particular consistency, light but dense at the same time, and a full taste, complex, which partly recalls the INTORCHIATE PUGLIESI, Another amazing biscuit made with extra virgin olive oil.

Obviously there are two key ingredients for wine donuts: the extra virgin olive oil, to be a light fruit of excellent quality (there are those who prepare the donuts with vegetable oil, but I find totally and completely disagree) and the red wine, which must not be too young and edgy. I used a Primitivo di Manduria, which also has a characteristic sweet note.

The red wine doughnuts get ready in just 10 minutes and they're really amazing, either alone or after a meal with a sweet wine, but not too much, a wine with an important acidity as it could be a Muffato Orvieto, a Torcolato Breganze or Recioto della Valpolicella. They look nice cookies in the shape of a gingerbread man or inspired by the atmospheres of Northern Europe, but do not forget the traditions. And now I'll leave you to peek at all my COOKIE RECIPES and I wish you good day!

RED WINE DONUTS (easy recipe)

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  • 600 grams of flour 0
  • 150 grams of caster sugar
  • 8 grams of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 200 millilitres of extra virgin olive oil (light fruity)
  • 200 ml of red wine
  • Caster sugar, to taste


Red wine donuts

Before you start preparing the red wine doughnuts, preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Put the flour, Salt, sugar and baking powder on the work surface. Make a well in the center and add the extra virgin olive oil. Start working the dough by incorporating flour and oil, Then slowly add the red wine. Knead the dough until it is compact, polished, elastic and smooth. You might not even have to use the entire dose of wine, aggiungetene then little by little. Is’ important that the dough is moist.

Since the dough donuts in red wine is the baking powder, you do not need the dough rest. Divide the dough into many all of equal weight balls, then derive from the balls of the cords and finally donuts, as in the picture, good sealing between the two ends. Remember that the yeast in the dough cooking swell, so you have to make donuts with very open central hole, otherwise you risk that the hole is closed in the area losing its characteristic shape.

Dip the donuts with red wine in granulated sugar and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, well spaced from each other. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven donuts with red wine and allow to cool completely. Bon appétit!

Red wine donuts


Red wine doughnuts are perfectly preserved for up to 15 days if stored in a glass jar or airtight tin.

Red wine donuts

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