Red wine doughnut cookies

Red wine doughnut cookies

Ciambelline al vino rosso

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From
The Italian Baker
Makes
20

While living in Rome at the age of six, I used to run down to the local grocery shop and buy these delicious crunchy cookies, made by the owner’s wife following the traditional Italian recipe from the Lazio region. In the old days, they would be eaten at Christmas, but they are so good they can now be found all year round. Happy me!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
175g olive oil
400ml full-bodied red wine
650g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
170g granulated sugar, plus extra for dusting
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground aniseed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt

Method

  1. Pour the oil and wine into a jug or bowl and stir to combine. Put the flour in a mound on the work surface and make a well in the middle. Add the sugar, bicarbonate of soda, star anise, vanilla and salt to the well and carefully pour in the oil and wine mixture.
  2. Using your hands, slowly combine all the ingredients to create a dough. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour, but not too much or the result will be a dry and tough dough. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C and line a large baking sheet with a sheet of baking parchment.
  3. Taking one small piece of dough at a time, roll it into a sausage about 8cm long (or 10cm if you would prefer bigger cookies), then join the ends by pinching them together. Dust with sugar and place on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, making sure they are not too close to each other on the sheet or they will stick (use 2 baking trays if necessary).
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes until cooked and nicely golden on top.

Note

  • In Italy we dunk these in a glass of wine at the end of a meal. Kids can enjoy them with a glass of milk, perhaps, and although there is wine in the dough, you won’t get them drunk as the alcohol cooks off in the oven. So, no worries!
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baking
cakes
biscuits
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