Bambaloni Donuts, which is also known as Bambalouni is considered the number one donut recipe that is made and served for breakfast. This recipe is considered as an Authentic Tunisian breakfast that Tunisians won’t start their day without it. Not only Tunisia is famous for the beauty of nature and the culture of its people and its openness, but there are foods and sweets famous for them . And this is one of the most famous sweets that characterize the charming city of Sidi Bou Said. Tunisians consider that whoever did not eat it during his visit to the White Village, as if he had not visited it.

The Tunisians gave their dessert a name, derived from the Italian word bomboloni, which is Italian donuts, with a delicious taste. Bambaloni Donuts is a  dough fried in an oil covered with sugar or honey. It is sold in popular markets and is considered the most prominent popular dish in Tunisia and exclusively in the village of Sidi Bou Said.

In Tunisia, you will enjoy several foods, such as couscous, Malawi, Keftaji meaning fish, and you will enjoy the color of its blue sea and the walls of the alleys of its charming cities such as Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, Sousse, and Hammamet.

Bambaloni pastry

This recipe is also usually made in Turkey, but it has a different name; so if you are looking for a breakfast recipe that all people no matter what their ages is will love; then this recipe is the one for you.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine Tunisian, Turkish Recipes
Servings 7 people


  • 1 1/4 Pounds of all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons of coarse sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh yeast
  • 4 1/2 Cups of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon of fine salt
  • Oil for frying


  • Start by dissolving the yeast into a little quantity of warm water and sugar and set aside for about 5 minutes for the yeast to be activated
  • Gradually add in the flour, the salt and the water; then knead the bambaloni dough for a couple of minutes.
  • Cover the dough bowl and set it aside in a warm place, or you can also place it in the refrigerator for an overnight
  • Take the dough out of the refrigerator, and set it at aside at room temperature for about two hours
  • Heat about 4 cups of frying oil in a large frying pan at a temperature of about 375° F
  • Wet both your hands with a little quantity of water, then remove a piece of dough the size of an egg.
  • Make a small hole in the dough ball using one of your fingers; then gently pull the gap wider to make the shape of a ring
  • Fry the bambaloni pastries in the hot oil for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the bambaloni start to swell and turn into a golden color
  • Make sure to flip the bambaloni from one side to another once or twice during the frying process
  • Remove the bambaloni to a serving platter lined with clean paper towels and set aside fro about 5 minutes
  • Serve and enjoy your bambaloni, it is better to eat it hot; you can drizzle honey on top!
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