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Doughnuts Around the World

When you hear the word doughnut, you may just picture a typical glazed doughnut but the world is full of so many takes on these sweet breakfast treats. Don't miss out!
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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?

World Tour

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.

Chinese Crullers

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.

Hip Hip Churr-ay!

EASYCLASSIC
Churros
In the Kitchen with Jonny

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.

Double Stuffed

PEANUT-FREEPESCATARIAN
Oreo Churros
POPSUGAR FOOD

This life-changing dessert combines all sorts of deliciousness to make one indulgent treat!

We Love Doughnuts!

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.

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Baked is Better

VEGETARIANTOMATO-FREE
Baked Banana Donuts
Homemade and Wholesome

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.

Texture Master

TOMATO-FREEVEGETARIAN
Soft Chewy Banana Roux Donuts
Lady and Pups

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!

Three B's

PEANUT-FREETOMATO-FREE
Bourbon Blueberry Basil Doughnuts
Candid Appetite

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.

The Italian Zeppole

PESCATARIANFISH-FREE
Italian Zeppole
Cooking with Tovia

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?

Worth Their Salt

FINGER FOODVEGETARIAN
Maple Sea Salt Doughnuts
Edible Perspective

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!

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