The quintessential doughnut is a small fried cake of sweetened dough, typically in the shape of a ball or ring. These treats can be traced back to prehistoric times, with archaeologists finding ancient, fossilized versions of them in Native American settlements.
The doughnut as we know it today, however, came to Manhattan (then still New Amsterdam) under the unappetizing Dutch name of olykoeks, or "oily cakes". Not so appetizing then, huh?
The sweet, soft, decadent doughnut that we have come to know and love also has some international cousins. Here are some ways the doughnut is prepared and served all over the world.
Youtiao, or Chinese doughnuts, are similar to crullers and literally translate to “oil sticks.” Because they are generally only lightly dusted with salt or sugar, youtiao are typically consumed alongside soy milk or hot porridge.
Similar to youtiao, churros are fried dough sticks dusted with sugar and cinnamon and eaten with a drink, be it a morning coffee or late-night hot chocolate. Churros are most commonly affiliated with Mexico, Spain, and parts of Latin America.
This life-changing dessert combines all sorts of deliciousness to make one indulgent treat!
SideChef can’t get enough of doughnuts. The more doughnuts, the better. And what could be better than doughnuts all around the world? Go ahead and explore the international flavors of the doughnut, the fried tasty dough that brings a smile to your face no matter where you live.
Check out some of our favorite recipes.
Elvis famously loved his peanut butter and ‘nanner sandwiches fried in butter. That flavor combination is held up in these baked banana doughnuts with peanut butter and browned butter frosting.
This recipe is best made with high-gluten bread flour, with protein content between 11 and 14%. The prolonged kneading turns it into an extremely shiny, elastic, and stretchable dough that makes for the perfect doughnut with each bite!
This is really just a basic raised doughnut recipe. You can top these with a simple vanilla glaze and sprinkles or a chocolate glaze with bourbon. Use this recipe to create all your wonderful doughnut masterpieces. Of course the original is always the best, so try it with this spectacular Bourbon Blueberry Basil combination.
These little doughnuts are irresistible. Deep fried to golden-brown and coated in whatever delicious toppings your heart desires. What more could you ask for?
The doughnuts are infused with pure maple syrup and a hint of cinnamon, then coated with a maple glaze and a pinch of sea salt on top. They have a very unique cake-doughnut-like texture that you will surely love and are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan to boot!