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Isabella Franco

Italian film-maker Federico Fellini famously said that “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” and this sums up Isabella’s attitude towards food perfectly! Eating for pleasure, never calorie-counting and enjoying life to the full. 

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Learn how to make hearty and authentic Italian food with Chef Isabella Franco in this original masterclass. Get step by step instructions to these original recipes and ready yourself to enjoy homemade Italian food.

Join Chef Isabella as she makes another classic Italian dessert, lemon infused bombolone. If you don't already know, a bombolone is a delicious Italian filled doughnut. This is for anyone with a sweet tooth. 

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Frying oil

375g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

1 lemon, grated zest only

125g sugar

225g ricotta cheese

Icing sugar for dusting


Heat the frying oil in a deep pan or deep fat fryer. You can test if it’s hot enough by dropping a small amount of batter into the oil and seeing if it sizzles.

Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Set aside.

In another bowl, beat eggs, lemon zest and sugar with an electric mixer for about 1 minute or until frothy. Add ricotta and mix thoroughly. With a spatula, gently fold in dry ingredients until batter is just moistened.

With an ice cream scoop or table spoon, gently drop 8 balls of batter at a time in hot oil. Beware of splattering. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until doughnuts are golden brown. Drain on paper towel and allow to cool.

To serve, generously dust with icing sugar or dip in chocolate sauce, if desired.