Welcome to the Donut World

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Published: 17th January 2011
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Copyright (c) 2010 Karen Beatrice Stanford

Let us enter the rich and varied donut world. Preparing food in oil has been going on ever since the times of the early Roman civilization. The name they gave it was "globi" or "globuli." They were nothing but small round balls of dough. Cheese was added and then they were fried in melted lard or oil. Then they were put in bowls of honey and strewn with lots of poppy seeds.

The Europeans called it "Krapfens". These were "S" shaped and somewhat similar to today's donuts. Donuts made at the start of the 18th century were exactly the same as today's, and fruits were used for the filling.

Funnily, many countries boast of having the best recipe for donuts. The different kinds of donuts in the world are Chinese Youtiao, Spanish Churros, German Berliner, French Beignet, Austrian Krapfens, Italian Bomboloni, Dutch Oliebollen, and American Donuts among others.

The Russians are in love with traditional donuts, round golden balls of dough fried in plenty of sunflower or olive oil. They also love what they call as "pishka", ring shaped donuts fried in a healthy amount of butter and consumed hot with icing sugar on top.

The popularity of donuts in Europe is mainly thanks to the Berliner. The Berliner is made out of sweet yeast dough. It is oblong or round in form and deep fried with necessary overturn. They are golden on both sides and have many types of fillings.

Traditionally, strawberry or plum jam is the filling in the Berliner. In France and Swabia they prepare rose hips paste to be used as filling. Apricot jam is the filling of choice in South Tyrol, Austria and Bavaria. Germans either put powdered sugar on top or else use sugar syrup. They are a little more adventurous in East Germany. They try out different recipes and contribute to the rich and varied donuts world.

Donuts are loved in Poland as well. It is a New Year's delicacy much loved by all. They are made from the Christmas morning till Epiphany, a period known as the carnival. Cherry and rose petals are the fillings of choice. The Polish call it "Paczek."

In Canada and America they use a plethora of fillings namely butter, protein creams and fruit jams. The outer side is peppered with glaze trim or powdered sugar along with nonpareil, coconut and nuts. Have fun in the donut world!


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