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Cheese Buns

  • 40 minutes
  • Medium
  • Appetizers
Ciambella is a typical Italian dessert. This savory version of has a captivating aroma of pecorino cheese.

Ingredients: Per 4 servings

  • 1 ¾ lb bread dough
  • 4 oz Pecorino cheese, sweet
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • oil


Grate half the Pecorino and break the other half into pieces.

Work the bread dough with the cheese and the oil, form into a loaf, and allow to rise once more.

Make several doughnuts from the dough, arrange them on a greased baking sheet not too close to one another and bake in a hot oven (400°F) for about twenty minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.

Food History

The Italian word “ciambella” refers to both sweet and savory ring-shaped, oven-baked buns.
The origins of the work, however, are unclear. Some people believe the word comes from the Latin word for an ancient focaccia called savillum, which in turn derives from the Latin suavis, meaning sweet and referring to the sweet flavor of the focaccia. Ciambelle are typically made from a dough of flour and yeast to which either sweet or savory ingredients are added. You can find many, many variations of this Italian recipe. Almost every city has its own version of ciambelle.

Did you know that...

In Italian, there is a proverb that says “not all ciambelle come out with a hole?” which in English can be translated as “not everything turns out as it should?”

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