Orange-Zest Chocolate-Filled Doughnuts

Indulge in a sweet symphony of flavors with these Orange-Zest Chocolate-Filled Doughnuts. Each bite combines the subtle tang of orange zest with the rich, velvety smoothness of melted chocolate, enveloped in a soft, pillowy doughnut that’s been carefully pan-fried to golden perfection. It’s a harmonious blend of citrus and sweetness that promises to delight your taste buds.

Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, these doughnuts offer a unique twist on a classic treat. The addition of orange zest not only infuses the dough with a refreshing citrus note but also complements the chocolate filling beautifully, creating a taste sensation that is both comforting and invigorating. These doughnuts are sure to impress both family and friends with their artisanal charm and gourmet flavor profile.

Full Recipe:


  • 200 ml warm milk
  • 1 spoon of dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 400 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 spoon of butter, melted
  • Chocolate, melted (for filling)
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)



  1. Prepare the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm milk and dry yeast. Let it sit for a few minutes until frothy. Add the egg, sugar, and grated orange zest. Mix well. Gradually add the flour and salt, mixing until a soft dough forms. Add the melted butter and knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Cover with a clean cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  2. Shape the Doughnuts: Once risen, gently punch the dough down and turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll out to about 1/2-inch thickness. Use a round cutter to cut out shapes. Let rest for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Cook the Doughnuts: Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook the doughnuts for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through.
  4. Fill and Serve: Fill the center of each doughnut with melted chocolate using a piping bag or small spoon. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 6 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 36 minutes | Kcal: 350 kcal | Servings: 12 doughnuts

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