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Sofia & Isabella Bliss

Sofia & Isabella Bliss

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Pettole (Italian fruit donuts) recipe

Lifestyle — Posted 21/11/12

A delicious treat by Junior Masterchef stars Sofia and Isabella Bliss.


3 pears, peeled, cored and grated 

230g of caster sugar 

350g of sultanas (optional)

Juice and zest from 1 lime

Juice and zest of 1 large lemon

250ml water

340g self raising flour

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla paste

Canola oil for frying

Icing sugar


1. Place the pear, sugar, sultanas (optional), eggs, passionfruit juice, lemon juice, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Mix well with a wooden spoon until well combined.

2. Add the flour and water alternately to the pear mixture until a wet firm batter, rather than soft, is formed. Fill a medium sized saucepan with enough oil to cover the donuts – approximately 6 cm deep – and heat.

3. Once hot, test the oil to ensure it is hot by gently dropping in a spoonful of the dough. If the dough sizzles, then the oil is ready.

4. Scoop dessertspoons of the dough and gently drop them in the oil. Turn the doughnuts with a slotted spoon when golden brown. This takes approximately 5-6 minutes.

5. Remove with the slotted spoon once cooked, drain on paper towel and set aside to cool.

Isabella and Sofia's book, A little bit of this, A little bit of that, is available from Penguin.

Extra   Like this recipe? Try Isabella and Sofia's delicious prawn ravioli, or browse our dessert recipes for more inspiration. 
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