Great Tastes of Manitoba


3 hours 42 minutes
Prep: 3 hours 23 minutes (includes 3 hours for proofing) | Cook: 19 minutes | Servings: 12


  • 1 Tbsp active dry traditional yeast (15 mL)
  • 1/4 cup hot water (60 mL)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided (60 mL)
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, divided (560 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest (optional) (2 mL)
  • Pinch salt (0.5 mg)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (60 mL)
  • 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature (60 mL)
  • 1 Countryside Farms Vita egg, lightly beaten (1)
  • 6 cups canola oil for frying (1.5 L)


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (125 mL)
  • 1 small jar Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread (375 g)


  1. In a small bowl, stir in a pinch of the sugar into the hot water. Stir in yeast and let stand for about 10 minutes or until frothy.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 2 cups (500 mL) of the flour, remaining sugar, orange zest (if using), and salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in oil, milk, egg and yeast mixture. Stir together until a ragged dough forms.
  3. Using hands, knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a smooth, pliable dough. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a cloth. Let rise in a draft-free area for about 2 hours or until dough has doubled in size.
  4. Lightly knead the dough and divide into 12 equal pieces. Using your hands and the counter to help you, roll each piece into a smooth ball. Place dough balls on a parchment paper-lined and floured baking sheet. Cover with a cloth and let rise for about 1 hour or until dough balls have doubled in size.
  5. Heat canola oil in a high-sided saucepan to about 340°F (171°C). Deep-fry a few dough balls at a time turning once for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Roll warm bombolini in sugar to coat.
  6. Fill a piping bag or ziploc bag fitted with a straight tip with Nutella. Poke in side of bombolini to fill, if desired.

Note: If you don not have a straight tip for your bag, simply make a small slit in the side of the bombolini and place Nutella directly into the hole.

Pairs well with Fort Garry Dark Ale

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