2/09/2013 01:50:00 PM

Sweet Eats: Bomboloni at Sullivan St Bakery

First off, let’s just get this out in the open: This might be one of the most delicious doughnuts you’ve ever had. Period. With a pastry that has the perfect consistency - light and fluffy, but with a rich buttery feel when it hits your tongue - that’s injected with a super light custard or seasonal jam and topped with a delicate sprinkling of powdered sugar, these Italian delicacies at Sullivan St Bakery are perfect to pair with a cup of coffee or to end a meal on a sweet note.

Bomboloni are standbys in their native Italy for good reason. They’re found pretty much everywhere, are cheap, and are able to satisfy the sweet tooth despite their relatively small size (which also gives you the excuse to eat more than one). Some say they’re primarily connected to the Tuscany region, but traditional bomboloni can be found in other areas of the country, each with their own slight variation. (It’s said that they’re also of Austrian and Bavarian descent...we’ll let you be the judge.) It’s probably best to ignore the fact that their name is related to the Italian word bomba, which we can only assume refers to its caloric count.

So when we were recently at Sullivan St Bakery, Jim Lahey’s temple of bread perfection, we were ecstatic to find these little guys in need of someone to take them home. Fresh baked and filled with your choice of custard (the vanilla has a bright hint of lemon zest and a smattering of the vanilla beans while the chocolate is a little stiffer in consistency - a wonderful thing - and pleasantly dark and sharp) or jam (right now, they’re offering apple caramel), you really can’t go wrong.

The Details: 533 W. 47th St., 212-265-5580; 236 Ninth Ave., 212-929-5900


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