The Battle of the Doughnuts
This Is Where The Frosting Meets The Glaze!
Powdered sugar or glaze? Vanilla or chocolate? Filled or holed? Or more importantly: yeast or cake?
The humble doughnut has come a long way from playing sidekick to a cup of coffee. This chunk of deep-fried dough has a flavorful history in a wide range of countries and cuisines. Some see it as the perfect start to the day, some think it's best served as a dessert, and some people who seem to have issues with denial will only eat them on weekends.
Has the doughnut's time finally come? Or is it the Era of the Donut? Which spelling is right anyway? This lens is here to celebrate this delicious creation no matter the spelling, shape, filling or topping. Hey, buddy, this ain't your grandma's dainty donut... get it?
A Taste of Donut History
Do you Voodoo?
In All It's Shapes and Forms
basic doughnut variations
The more you learn about them, the more variations you will find in doughnuts. Here are some of the most basic types you are going to encounter.
Toroid - Not many people know this is the actual word for a circular solid that has a hole in the middle, as the term "doughnut-shaped" is much more likely to be found in casual conversation, but this is the real name for the most commonly found shape of doughnut.
Round Filled - This is a solid, circular doughnut that has some sort of filling inside, so you won't find a hole in this one.
Bar - As it sounds, this type of donut is long and rectanglar, and frequently is glazed or filled.
Holes or Balls - Donuts were made for hundreds of years before someone decided that little balls of the dough would be just as fun. Contrary to public belief, these are not holes punched out of donuts. Commercial donut machines drop out toroids of dough and don't need holes punched. But it is a cute story for marketing purposes.
Cruellers - This is a doughnut made by hand-twisting the dough to form a spiral ring shape. Larger commercial companies tend not to make this shape due to the fact it can't be done with a machine, and many just make a "twister" which is a spiral stick-shape instead.
What's Your Favorite Donut Topping?
What you see here is a Grape Ape, from VooDoo Donuts in Portland, Oregon. It's a personal favorite of mine, and is topped with some grape sugar and purple sprinkles over a vanilla icing.
I like my doughnuts topped with
...Got to make the Donuts... - see how doughnuts are baked or fried
There's no one particular way to make doughnuts. Here are a few tips and methods, starting with the masterful Swedish Chef from the Muppets.
YEAST OR CAKE? - the ultimate doughnut debate
When you talk to people who like to eat doughnuts, there is one clear line that seems to get drawn down the middle: cake style versus yeast doughnuts. The textures of the two treats is quite different and preferences quite often seem to be a result of childhood experiences or regional baking.
What's your take on this personal choice and taste?
Which is your preference for doughnuts?
Take a Visit to Psycho Donuts - San Jose, CA's craziest doughnutsClick thumbnail to view full-size
What IS the most popular Donut Flavor?
If you search on the Internet, you'll find a lot of lists and articles that say they list the most popular donut flavor, but not a single one of them gives any statistics or explanation for how they came to their decision. While certain chains or larger companies will say what their particular #1 is, no one seems to have done any larger overview or survey.
So, the most popular donut flavor in the world is... whichever is your favorite!
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your Donuts! - purveyors of boutique doughnuts and fine edibles
These aren't your grandmother's or even your mother's doughnuts. That simple chunk of friend dough has gone crazy with toppings (how about some crushed Oreo on your donut?), and simultaneously gone to the other end of the spectrum where it's all-organic and minus any trans fats. I've decided to not list the big-name doughnuts, as we all know who they are anyway.
Here are people who craft their donuts, pushing the limits of what can be a topping or seeking to make the healthiest piece of sugar you've ever glazed and sprinkled. Think of these as "boutique doughnuts."
- Voodoo Doughnut - The Magic is in the Hole!!!
The world famous Voodoo Doughnut shop located in Portland, Oregon. The Magic is in the hole.
- LaMar's Donuts
LaMar's donuts are the ultimate indulgence, purely heaven, tender and airy, sinfully good, fit for a king.
- Dynamo Donuts, San Francisco
Each donut utilizes organic, sustainable, and local ingredients whenever possible. They are always handmade daily by Sara and her dedicated staff. We offer a rotating selection of 7 to 10 donuts per day so quality and freshness of ingredients can be
- Psycho Donuts - HOME
Psycho Donuts is a sensory experience, which has earned the reputation as the world's most unusual donut shop. Psycho Donuts is designed to bring out the crazy in all of us. Beautiful nurses are on hand to provide bubblewrap therapy to minimize your
- Frittelli's Doughnuts & Coffee
At Frittelli's, we are obsessed with inventing new ways to delight our customers. Like the seasons, our menu is constantly changing — so if you're looking for the best doughnuts in LA, come visit Frittelli's in Beverly Hills and sample one of our uni
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