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From the street of Italy, a super-size doughnut.

From the streets of Italy, a super-size doughnut

These giant doughnuts from Italy were treats originally reserved for special festival days only. Now, though, street vendors hawk the nutmeg-fragrant pastries year-round. With the recipe given here, you don't even have to be in Rome to do as the Romans do.

Made from cream-puff dough, the large rings are easily shaped: pipe the dough onto pieces of foil, then slip the dough and foil into hot oil to fry the pastry (the foil slides free). The rings are tender-crisp outside, moist and tender inside. While still warm, shake them with sugar and nutmeg; they're good warm, or saved until the next day.

Piazza Grande Doughnuts

1 cup water

1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg Salad oil

Cut 6 squares of foil, each about 7 inches. Butter 1 side of each.

In a 2 1/2- to 3-quart pan, combine water, butter, and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring until butter has melted. Add flour all at once, and beat vigorously with a spoon until dough is smooth and forms a ball; continue to cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until each is well mixed and dough is glossy (or whirl in a food processor, adding eggs 1 at a time). Beat in vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch plain tip. Onto each sheet of foil, pipe dough to form rings that are about 5 1/2 inches in diameter; use all the dough.

Pour 1 inch salad oil into a deep, 4- to 5-quart pan. On high heat, bring oil to 370| to 375|; adjust heat to maintain temperature. With a wide spatula, transfer a sheet of foil with dough on it to hot oil (foil floats free; lift out with tongs). Cook until doughnut is richly browned, about 5 minutes; turn after each minute. Lift out doughnut; drain on paper towels. Repeat to cook remaining rings.

In a plastic bag, combine remaining sugar and nutmeg. When doughnuts are almost cool, put into bag, 1 at a time, and shake to coat well with sugar mixture. Serve, or store airtight until next day. Makes 6.

Per doughnut: 432 cal.; 7 g protein; 37 g carbo.; 29 g fat; 224 mg chol.; 203 mg sodium.

Photo: In front of St. Peter's, in Rome, a Paul from California samples giant doughnut bought from a street vendor

Photo: 1. Squeeze dough from a pastry bag onto a 7-inch square of foil; lap ends

Photo: 2. Immerse ring, on foil square, in hot oil. Ring will slip off once immersed; lift out foil with tongs. Fry pastry

Photo: 3. Gently shake doughnut in a bag filled with granulated sugar and nutmeg; coat well
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