Dulce de Leche Stuffed Doughnuts: A Sweet Delight

Discover the joy of making these delectable Dulce de Leche Stuffed Doughnuts, also known in some regions as “Berlinesas” or “Bolas de Fraile.” This recipe transforms simple ingredients into fluffy, sugar-coated doughnuts filled with creamy dulce de leche, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and texture. With a hint of vanilla and orange zest, each bite takes you on a delightful journey of flavors that’s irresistible.

Why You’ll Love This: These doughnuts are not just treats; they’re an experience. The process of making the dough, watching it rise, and the aroma of frying, followed by the first bite into the sugary crust to reveal the rich dulce de leche inside, is utterly satisfying. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to frying dough, this recipe is designed to guide you through each step for perfect results.

Perfect Occasion: Ideal for celebrations, gatherings, or as a special weekend project, these doughnuts make a fantastic treat for any occasion. Serve them at a brunch, as a dessert at your next family dinner, or simply as a sweet reward at the end of a long day. They’re sure to bring smiles and satisfaction to everyone who tries them.

Decoration Tips: After rolling the freshly fried doughnuts in sugar, let them cool before filling them with dulce de leche. For an extra decorative touch, you can drizzle them with melted chocolate or dust them with powdered sugar for a beautiful contrast. Serving them on a platter alongside fresh berries adds a pop of color and a refreshing taste to complement the sweetness.


  • 300g fine cake flour
  • 70ml warm milk (25°C)
  • 50g sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 room temperature egg
  • 15g fresh yeast or 4g dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1/2 an orange
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 60g soft butter (room temperature)
  • Ample oil for frying
  • Sugar for dusting
  • Pastry dulce de leche for filling

For the Sponge:

  • From the total ingredients: mix the milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, yeast, and 2 tablespoons of flour. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.


  1. Dough Preparation: In a large bowl, create a well with the flour. Sprinkle salt around the edges and add the orange zest. In the center, combine the sugar, prepared sponge, vanilla, and start mixing. Add the egg and incorporate everything into a dough. Knead in the bowl, adding the soft butter last. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover, and let it double in size.
  2. Shaping: Gently deflate the dough on a floured surface, divide into 6 pieces, form balls, and place them on a parchment-lined tray. Cover and let them double in size again.
  3. Frying: Heat a generous amount of oil to 170°C (338°F). Fry the doughnuts for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden. They will float, so try not to move them too much during frying.
  4. Finishing Touches: While still hot, roll the doughnuts in sugar. Once cooled, cut a slit with scissors and fill with dulce de leche.

Enjoy these heavenly Dulce de Leche Stuffed Doughnuts, a treat that combines the joy of homemade doughnuts with the irresistible sweetness of dulce de leche, creating a dessert that’s bound to become a favorite.

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