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Bugnes Moelleuses (French Doughnuts)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Bugnes are a doughnut-like pastry sprinkled with icing sugar that hail from Lyon. They're essential to Mardi Gras! A tradition that I never forget... making bugnes! I have loved them since I was a kid. My mother's bugnes (and now mine) have a little bit of lemon for a unique taste. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving."
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2 h 32 m servings 297
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 doughnuts)


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  1. Mix water and yeast together in a small bowl. Let stand until foamy, about 15 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, eggs, butter, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon zest in a large bowl; add yeast mixture. Knead by hand until dough comes together. Cover with a clean dish towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
  3. Roll out dough into a large rectangle on a lightly floured work surface. Cut into diamond shapes using a small pastry wheel cutter. Brush off excess flour.
  4. Heat oil in a deep saucepan or wok. Cook doughnuts in batches until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter.


  • Cook's Note:
  • To test if the oil is hot, dip 1 piece of dough and look at the change of color. The color should change very quickly.
  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 297 calories; 13.3 37.4 6.7 77 65 Full nutrition

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