There’s fried food and then there’s bomboloni. Far beyond the realm of choosing something fried to comfort a hangover, the bombolone (singular) is a morning tea, a dessert and a treat any time of day. The soft round pillow of yeasty dough is deep-fried, filled with silky custard or sweet jam and dusted in sugar. Sticky fingers are obligatory as the toffee-brown outside is bitten into revealing cakey dough and a gooey filling.
The Italian version originated in Tuscany, but there are many variations of the round doughnut-like morsel with various names: a ‘beignet’ made with yeast dough, ‘boules de Berlin’, the ‘Berliner’ or simply jam or custard doughnuts.
We love them and have put together a list of our favourite places to get your bombolone on!
American Doughnut Kitchen
Jam only: bag of six for $6
Queen Victoria Markets
Jam (Strawberry or Apricot), Custard (Vanilla or Chocolate): $2.50 each
203–205 O’Hea Street, Coburg
(03) 9354 8070