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{{About|the food|the shape|Torus|other uses|Doughnut (disambiguation)}}{{Redirect|Donut hole|other uses|Donut Hole (disambiguation){{!}}Donut Hole}}{{pp-vandalism|small=yes}}{{short description|Ring-shaped fried dough}}

(File:Jack's Donuts.jpg|thumb|A variety of doughnuts)File:Donuts (Coffee An), Westport, CT 06880 USA - Feb 2013.jpg|thumbnail|Doughnuts in a display case at a coffee shop ]](File:DONUT.jpg|thumb|Doughnut)A doughnut or donut (the latter spelling often seen in American English) is a type of fried dough confection or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and is prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty vendors.Doughnuts are usually deep fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or a number of shapes without a hole, and often filled, but can also be ball-shaped ("doughnut holes"). Other types of batters can also be used, and various toppings and flavorings are used for different types, such as sugar, chocolate, or maple glazing. Doughnuts may also include water, leavening, eggs, milk, sugar, oil, shortening, and natural or artificial flavors.WEB,weblink Krispy Kreme - Doughnuts, Coffee, Sundaes, Shakes & Drinks, 2013-12-19,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-12-04, dead, WEB,weblink Donuts - Dunkin' Donuts,, 21 December 2018, The two most common types are the ring doughnut and the filled doughnut, which is injected with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings. Alternatively, small pieces of dough are sometimes cooked as doughnut holes. Once fried, doughnuts may be glazed with a sugar icing, spread with icing or chocolate on top, or topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon, sprinkles or fruit. Other shapes include rings, balls, flattened spheres, twists, and other forms. Doughnut varieties are also divided into cake (including the old-fashioned) and yeast-risen type doughnuts. Doughnuts are often accompanied by coffee purchased at doughnut shops, convenience stores, petrol stations, cafes or fast food restaurants, but can also be paired with milk.{{TOC limit|3}}



Ring doughnuts are formed by one of two methods: by joining the ends of a long, skinny piece of dough into a ring, or by using a doughnut cutter, which simultaneously cuts the outside and inside shape, leaving a doughnut-shaped piece of dough and a doughnut hole (from the dough removed from the center). This smaller piece of dough can be cooked and served as a "doughnut hole" or added back to the batch to make more doughnuts. A disk-shaped doughnut can also be stretched and pinched into a torus until the center breaks to form a hole. Alternatively, a doughnut depositor can be used to place a circle of liquid dough (batter) directly into the fryer.There are two types of ring doughnuts, those made from a yeast-based dough for raised doughnuts, or those made from a special type of cake batter. Yeast-raised doughnuts contain about 25% oil by weight, whereas cake doughnuts' oil content is around 20%, but they have extra fat included in the batter before frying. Cake doughnuts are fried for about 90 seconds at approximately {{convert|190|to|198|°C|°F|abbr=on}}, turning once. Yeast-raised doughnuts absorb more oil because they take longer to fry, about 150 seconds, at {{convert|182|to|190|°C|°F|abbr=on}}. Cake doughnuts typically weigh between {{convert|24|and|28|g|oz|abbr=on}}, whereas yeast-raised doughnuts average {{convert|38|g|oz|abbr=on}} and are generally larger, and taller (due to rising) when finished.


(File:Glazing-Doughnuts.webm|thumb|The process of glazing doughnuts)After frying, ring doughnuts are often topped. Raised doughnuts are generally covered with a glaze (icing). Cake doughnuts can also be glazed, or powdered with confectioner's sugar, or covered with cinnamon and granulated sugar. They are also often topped with cake frosting (top-side only) and sometimes sprinkled with coconut, chopped peanuts, or sprinkles (also called jimmies).

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{{redirect2|Doughnut hole|Donut hole|the coverage gap in Medicare known informally as the donut hole|Medicare Part D coverage gap}}File:timbits2.jpg|right|thumb|Tim HortonsTim HortonsDoughnut holes are small, bite-sized doughnuts that were traditionally made from the dough taken from the center of ring doughnuts. Before long, doughnut sellers saw the opportunity to market "holes" as a novelty and many chains offer their own variety, some with their own brand names such as "Munchkins" from Dunkin' Donuts and "Timbits" from Tim Hortons.Traditionally, doughnut holes are made by frying the dough removed from the center portion of the doughnut.{{citation needed|date=October 2017}} Consequently, they are considerably smaller than a standard doughnut and tend to be spherical. Similar to standard doughnuts, doughnut holes may be topped with confections, such as glaze or powdered sugar.Originally, most varieties of doughnut holes were derivatives of their ring doughnut (yeast-based dough or cake batter) counterparts. However, doughnut holes can also be made by dropping a small ball of dough into hot oil from a specially shaped nozzle or cutter.WEB, Timbit turns 35,weblink 18 June 2014, This production method has allowed doughnut sellers to produce bite-sized versions of non-ring doughnuts, such as filled doughnuts, fritters and Dutchies.


Filled doughnuts are flattened spheres injected with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings, and often dipped into powdered sugar or topped off with frosting. Common varieties include the Boston cream, coconut, key lime, and jelly.

Other shapes

Others include the fritter and the Dutchie, which are usually glazed. These have been available on Tim Hortons' doughnut menu since the chain's inception in 1964,WEB,weblink The history of Tim Hortons, Tim Hortons, November 20, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink November 12, 2009, and a 1991 Toronto Star report found these two were the chain's most popular type of fried dough in Canada.NEWS, Kane, Marion, Tim Hortons fans dunk our results,weblink's+fans+dunk+our+results&pqatl=google, 21 December 2018, Toronto Star, Section: Food, May 1, 1991, harv, B.3, There are many other specialized doughnut shapes such as old-fashioned, bars or Long Johns (a rectangular shape), or with the dough twisted around itself before cooking. In the northeast United States, bars and twists are usually referred to as crullers. Another is the beignet, a square-shaped doughnut covered with powdered sugar, commonly associated with New Orleans.



File:Krispykremesbeingmade.JPG|left|thumb|Glazed doughnuts rolling on a conveyor belt at a Krispy Kreme doughnut shopdoughnut shop(File:Christmas doughnut (15456531431).jpg|thumb|Pink Christmas doughnuts)The earliest origins to the modern doughnuts are generally traced back to the olykoek ("oil(y) cake") Dutch settlers brought with them to early New York (or New Amsterdam). These doughnuts closely resembled later ones but did not yet have their current ring shape.The History of Doughnuts, The Spruce One of the earliest mentions of "doughnut" was in Washington Irving's 1809 book A History of New York, from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty:Doughnut Or Donut? The Great Spelling Debate Of Our Time, Huffington PostSometimes the table was graced with immense apple-pies, or saucers full of preserved peaches and pears; but it was always sure to boast of an enormous dish of balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called dough-nuts, or oly koeks: a delicious kind of cake, at present scarce known in this city, excepting in genuine Dutch families.The name oly koeks was almost certainly related to the oliekoek: a Dutch delicacy of "sweetened cake fried in fat."See entries for oliebol and oliekoek in BOOK, Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Joan Houston Hall, Dictionary of American Regional English: I-O, Harvard UP, 1985, 874,weblink 978-0-674-20519-2, According to anthropologist Paul R. Mullins, the first cookbook mentioning doughnuts was an 1803 English volume which included doughnuts in an appendix of American recipes. He also traces its origins to the oliekoek that arrived in America with the Dutch settlers in the early 18th century. By the mid-19th century, the doughnut looked and tasted like today's doughnut, and was viewed as a thoroughly American food.WEB, Glazed America: Anthropologist Examines Doughnut as Symbol of Consumer Culture,weblink, Newswise, July 22, 2008, harv, Hanson Gregory, an American, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847 aboard a lime-trading ship when he was 16 years old. Gregory was dissatisfied with the greasiness of doughnuts twisted into various shapes and with the raw center of regular doughnuts. He claimed to have punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship's tin pepper box, and to have later taught the technique to his mother."'Old Salt' Doughnut hole inventor tells just how discovery was made and stomachs of earth saved." Special to The Washington Post; The Washington Post (1877–1954), Washington, D.C; March 26, 1916; p. ES9 Smithsonian Magazine states that his mother, Elizabeth Gregory, "made a {{wikteng|wicked}} deep-fried dough that cleverly used her son's spice cargo of nutmeg and cinnamon, along with lemon rind," and "put hazelnuts or walnuts in the center, where the dough might not cook through", and called the food 'doughnuts'.WEB,weblink History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian,, 2015-06-10, Another theory on their origin came to light in 2013, when a recipe for "dow nuts" was found in a book of recipes and domestic tips written around 1800 by the wife of Baron Thomas Dimsdale,WEB,weblink Mmmm...dow nuts! The sweet treat has been traced back to Hertford, Hertfordshire Mercury, 24 October 2013, 7 October 2015, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 23 April 2015, the recipe being given to the dowager Baroness by an acquaintance who transcribed for her the cooking instructions for a "dow nut".BOOK, The Donut: history, recipes, and lore from Boston to Berlin, Krondl, Michael, 2014, Chicago Review Press, 30,



"Dough nut"

The earliest known recorded usage of the term dates to an 1808 short storyOriginals, Selections, &C. for the Times. Sketches and Views-No. V; The Times, page [29], vol. I, iss. 8; January 30, 1808; Boston, Massachusetts. describing a spread of "fire-cakes and dough-nuts". Washington Irving's reference to "doughnuts" in 1809 in his History of New York is more commonly cited as the first written recording of the term. Irving described "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks."{{OEtymD|doughnut}} These "nuts" of fried dough might now be called doughnut holes (see holes section). The word nut is here used in the earlier sense of "small rounded cake or cookie".doughnut in the American Heritage Dictionary Doughnut is the traditional spelling and still dominates even in the United StatesWEB,weblink Meaning of donut, InfoPlease, 21 December 2018, WEB,weblink The American Heritage Dictionary entry: donut, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, Company,, 21 December 2018, WEB,weblink Definition of DONUT,, 21 December 2018, though donut is often used.Norbert Schmitt and Richard Marsden (2006) Why is English like that?: historical answers to hard ELT questions, University of Michigan Press, {{ISBN|0472031341}}, p. 166: "... and British English in the spelling of individual words include ax/axe (though the British form is also frequently used in America), check/ cheque (a money order), donut/doughnut, draft/draught (an air current), mold/mould,{{nbsp}}..."Richard Ellis (2003) Communication skills: stepladders to success for the professional, Intellect Books, {{ISBN|1841500879}}, p. 113 "... US spelling is influencing users to spell programme as program, center for centre and donut for doughnut." At present, doughnut and the shortened form donut are both pervasive in American English.Janet Sue Terry (2005) A Rich, Deliciously Satisfying Collection of Breakfast Recipes, Just My Best Publishing Company, {{ISBN|1932586431}}, p. 233 "At present, "donut" and "doughnut" are both pervasive in American English, but only "doughnut" is listed in Thorndike and Lorge's (1942) The Teacher's Word Book of 30,000 Words. There are sparse instances of the "donut" spelling variation prior to WWII. For instance, it is mentioned in an LA Times article dated August 10, 1929. There, Bailey Millard complains about the decline of spelling, and that he "can't swallow the 'wel-dun donut' nor the everso'gud bred'." "


The first known printed use of donut was in Peck's Bad Boy and his Pa by George W. Peck, published in 1900, in which a character is quoted as saying, "Pa said he guessed he hadn't got much appetite, and he would just drink a cup of coffee and eat a donut."BOOK, George Wilbur Peck, Peck's bad boy and his pa,weblink 1900, Stanton and Van Vliet, 107–, According to John T. Edge (Donuts, an American passion 2006) the alternative spelling "donut" was invented when the New York–based Display Doughnut Machine Corporation abbreviated the word to make it more pronounceable by the foreigners they hoped would buy their automated doughnut making equipment.John T. Edge (2006) Donuts: an American passion, Penguin Group US, {{ISBN|1440628645}}: "Donuts" came to the fore in the 1920s, when the New York-based Doughnut Machine Corporation set its eyes upon foreign markets. "In order to obviate difficulty in pronouncing 'doughnuts' in foreign languages," a press release announced .."Michael Klebeck, Scott Pitts (2011) Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts: Secrets and Recipes for the Home Baker, Chronicle Books, {{ISBN|1452102120}}, p. 16: "According to Edge, the alternative spelling "donut" was invented when the New York–based Doughnut Machine Corporation abbreviated the word to make it more pronounceable by the foreigners they hoped would buy their automated doughnut making equipment." The donut spelling also showed up in a Los Angeles Times article dated August 10, 1929 in which Bailey Millard jokingly complains about the decline of spelling, and that he "can't swallow the 'wel-dun donut' nor the ever so 'gud bred'."The interchangeability of the two spellings can be found in a series of "National Donut Week" articles in The New York Times that covered the 1939 World's Fair. In four articles beginning October 9, two mention the donut spelling. Dunkin' Donuts, which was so-named in 1950, following its 1948 founding under the name Open Kettle (Quincy, Massachusetts), is the oldest surviving company to use the donut variation; other chains, such as the defunct Mayflower Doughnut Corporation (1931), did not use that spelling.Sally L. Steinberg Collection of Doughnut Ephemera, 1920s–1987: "In 1931, the company opened the first Mayflower doughnut shop in New York City; ultimately, 18 shops were opened across the country—the first retail doughnut{{nbsp}}..." [NOTE: Smithsonian and several 1950s court cases call it "Mayflower Doughnut Corporation" prior to World War II]. According to the Oxford Dictionary while "doughnut" is used internationally, the spelling "donut" is American.doughnut. Oxford Dictionaries Online (World English) "The beginning of doughnut is spelled dough- (the spelling donut is American)." The spelling "donut" remained rare until the 1950s, and has since grown significantly in popularity;"donut, doughnut", Google Ngram viewer this growth in use has possibly been influenced by the spread of Dunkin' Donuts.The Language Time Machine: Google's Ngram Viewer gave us a new way to explore history, but has it led to any real discoveries?, by Elizabeth Weingarten, Slate, September 9, 2013

National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day, also known as National Donut Day, celebrated in the United States of America, is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.NEWS, Fagan, Kevin, A holey holiday - National Doughnut Day,weblink 21 December 2018, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate, 6 June 2009, harv, About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near the front lines, the two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an "instant hit", and "soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts". Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day: "Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee."Soon, the women who did this work became known by the servicemen as "Doughnut Dollies".

Pink boxes

In the US, especially in Southern California, fresh doughnuts sold by the dozen at local doughnut shops are typically packaged in generic pink boxes. This phenomenon can be attributed to Ted Ngoy and Ning Yen, refugees of the Cambodian genocide who transformed the local doughnut shop industry. They proved so adept at the business and in training fellow Chinese Cambodian refugees to follow suit that these local doughnut shops soon dominated native franchises such as Winchell's Donuts. Initially desiring boxes of a lucky red color rather than the standard white, Ngoy and Yen settled on a cheaper, leftover pink stock. Owing to the success of their business, the color soon became a recognizable standard. Due to the locality of Hollywood, the pink boxes frequently appeared as film and television props and were thus transmitted into popular culture.NEWS,weblink Why are doughnut boxes pink? The answer could only come out of Southern California, Los Angeles Times,


Cake vs yeast style

Yeast doughnuts and cake doughnuts contain most of the same ingredients, however, their structural differences arise from the type of flour and leavening agent used. In cake doughnuts, cake flour is used, and the resulting doughnut is denser because cake flour has a relatively low gluten content of about 7 to 8 percent.Masibay, Kimberly Y. "Taking Control of Gluten." Fine Cooking. N.p., 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016. In yeast doughnuts, a flour with a higher protein content of about 9 to 12 percent is used, resulting in a doughnut that is lighter and more airy. In addition, yeast doughnuts utilize yeast as a leavening agent. Specifically, "Yeast cells are thoroughly distributed throughout the dough and begin to feed on the sugar that is present ... carbon dioxide gas is generated, which raises the dough, making it light and porous."BOOK, Lawson, H. W., Food Oils and Fats: Technology, Utilization and Nutrition, 1995, Chapman & Hall, New York, 9780412988417,weblink 21 December 2018, harv, Whereas this process is biological, the leavening process in cake doughnuts is chemical. In cake doughnuts, the most common leavening agent is baking powder. Baking powder is essentially "baking soda with acid added. This neutralizes the base and produces more CO2 according to the following equation: NaHCO3 + H+ → Na+ + H2O + CO2."

Physical structure

The physical structure of the doughnut is created by the combination of flour, leavening agent, sugar, eggs, salt, water, shortening, milk solids, and additional components. The most important ingredients for creating the dough network are the flour and eggs. The main protein in flour is gluten, which is overall responsible for creating elastic dough because this protein acts as "coiled springs."Pyler, E. J. Baking Science and Technology. Chicago: Siebel, 1952. Print. The gluten network is composed of two separate molecules named glutenin and gliadin. Specifically, "the backbone of the gluten network likely consists of the largest glutenin molecules, or subunits, aligned and tightly linked to one another. These tightly linked glutenin subunits associate more loosely, along with gliadin, into larger gluten aggregates."Figoni, Paula. How Baking Works. 2nd ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. Print. The gluten strands than tangle and interact with other strands and other molecules, resulting in networks that provide the elasticity of the dough. In mixing, the gluten is developed when the force of the mixer draws the gluten from the wheat endosperm, allowing the gluten matrix to trap the gas cells.

Molecular composition

(File:Phospholipid structure.svg|thumb|A diagram of a phospholipid molecule, which is responsible for the emulsifying properties of lecithin in egg yolk.)Eggs function as emulsifiers, foaming agents, and tenderizers in the dough. The egg white proteins, mainly ovalbumin, "function as structure formers. Egg solids, chiefly the egg white solids combined with the moisture in the egg, are considered structure-forming materials that help significantly to produce proper volume, grain, and texture." The egg yolk contributes proteins, fats, and emulsifiers to the dough. Emulsifying agents are essential to doughnut formation because they prevent the fat molecules from separating from the water molecules in the dough. The main emulsifier in egg yolk is called lecithin, which is a phospholipid. "The fatty acids are attracted to fats and oils (lipids) in food, while the phosphate group is attracted to water. It is this ability to attract both lipids and water that allow phospholipids such as lecithin to act as emulsifiers." The proteins from both the egg yolk and the egg whites contribute to the structure of the dough through a process called coagulation. When heat is applied to the dough, the egg proteins will begin to unfold, or denature, and then form new bonds with one another, thus creating a gel-like network that can hold water and gas.(File:Sucrose.gif|thumb|An animated sucrose molecule, which is a disaccharide, responsible for the sweetness of a doughnut.)Shortening is responsible for providing tenderness and aerating the dough. In terms of its molecular structure, "a typical shortening that appears solid [at room temperature] contains 15-20% solids and, hence, 80-85% liquid oil ... this small amount of solids can be made to hold all of the liquid in a matrix of very small, stable, needlelike crystals (beta-prime crystals)." This crystalline structure is considered highly stable due to how tightly its molecules are packed. The sugar used in baking is essentially sucrose, and besides imparting sweetness in the doughnut, sugar also functions in the color and tenderness of the final product. Sucrose is a simple carbohydrate whose structure is made up of a glucose molecule bound to a fructose molecule. Milk is utilized in the making of doughnuts, but in large scale bakeries, one form of milk used is nonfat dry milk solids. These solids are obtained by removing most of the water from skim milk with heat, and this heat additionally denatures the whey proteins and increases the absorption properties of the remaining proteins. The ability of the casein and whey proteins to absorb excess water is essential to prolonging the doughnut's freshness. The major whey protein in the nonfat milk solids is known as beta-lactoglobulin, and a crucial feature of its structure is that there exists a single sulfhydryl group that is protected by the alpha helix, and when heating of the milk solids occurs, these groups participate in disulfide exchanges with other molecules. This interchange prevents the renaturation of the whey proteins.BOOK, harv, Phillips, Glyn O., Williams, P A, Handbook of Food Proteins,weblink 21 December 2018, 9 September 2011, Woodhead, Cambridge, 978-0-85709-363-9, 1–, If the crosslinking of the sulfide groups does not occur, the whey proteins can rebond and weaken the gluten network.Water is a necessary ingredient in the production of doughnuts because it activates the other ingredients, allowing them to perform their functions in building the doughnut's structure. For example, sugar and salt crystals must be dissolved in order for them to act in the dough, whereas larger molecules, such as the starches or proteins, must be hydrated in order for them to absorb moisture. Another important consideration of water is its degree of hardness, which measures the amount of impurities in the water source. Pure water consists of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, but water used in baking often is not pure. Baker's salt (NaCl) is usually used as an ingredient due to its high purity, whereas the salts in water are derived from varying minerals. As an ingredient, "salt is added to enhance the flavour of cakes and breads and to ‘toughen up’ the soft mixture of fat and sugar."WEB, Czernohorsky, J. H., Hooker, R., The Chemistry of Baking,weblink New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research, 21 December 2018, harv,weblink" title="">weblink 2016-11-27, 6 November 2016, If relatively soft water is being used, more salt should be added in order to strengthen the gluten network of the dough, but if not enough salt is added during the baking process, the flavor of the bread will not be appealing to consumers.

Health effects

Doughnuts are unhealthy,Maffetone, Philip.The Big Book of Health and Fitness: A Practical Guide to Diet, Exercise, Healthy Aging, Illness Prevention, and Sexual Well-Being, p. 187 (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012). though some are less so than others.NEWS, JEWELL, MARK, Dunkin' Donuts Dumping Most Trans Fats,weblink 21 December 2018, The Washington Post, Associated Press, 27 August 2007, harv, According to Prevention Magazine, doughnuts made from enriched flour provide some thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin, along with some fiber, but they are high in sugar and calories.Bricklin, Mark. Prevention Magazine's Nutrition Advisor: The Ultimate Guide to the Health-Boosting and Health-Harming Factors in Your Diet, p. 169 (Rodale, 1994). Steps to improve the healthiness of doughnuts include removing trans fats.

Dough rheology

An important property of the dough that affects the final product is the dough's rheology. This property measures the ability of the dough to flow. It can be represented by the power law equation: Ï„=k.D^n where Ï„ is the tangentic stress, k is the viscosity coefficient, D is the shear rate, and n is the flow index.JOURNAL, MIRSAEEDGHAZI, HOSSEIN, 2008, Rheometric Measurement of Dough Rheological Characteristics and Factors Affecting It,weblink International Journal of Agriculture & Biology, 10, Faculty of Biosystem Engineering, College of Agriculture, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran, Many factors affect dough rheology including the type of ingredients, the amount of the ingredients, or the force applied during mixing. Dough is usually described as a viscoelastic material, meaning that its rheology depends on both the viscosity and the elasticity. The viscosity coefficient and the flow index are unique to the type of dough being analyzed, while the tangentic stress and the shear rate are measurements obtained depending on the type force being applied to the dough.

Regional variations


South Africa

In South Africa, an Afrikaans variation known as the koeksister is popular. Another variation, similar in name, is the Cape Malay koesister being soaked in a spiced syrup and coated in coconut. It has a texture similar to more traditional doughnuts as opposed to the Afrikaans variety.WEB,weblink Koeksisters: South Africa's twisted and delicious dessert,, 2010-06-21, A further variation is the vetkoek, which is also dough deep fried in oil. It is served with mince, syrup, honey or jam.WEB,weblink All about Vetkoek, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 22, 2013, mdy,


In Tunisia, traditional pastries similar to doughnuts are yo-yos. They come in different versions both as balls and in shape of doughnuts. They are deep-fried and covered in a honey syrup or a kind of frosting. Sesame seeds are also used for flavor and decoration along with orange juice and vanilla.


In Morocco, Sfenj is a similar pastry eaten sprinkled with sugar or soaked in honey.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2013-12-11, Sfenj (in French),,



A few sweet, doughnut-style pastries are regional in nature. Cantonese cuisine features an oval-shaped pastry called ngàuhleisōu (牛脷酥, lit. "ox-tongue pastry", due to its tongue-like shape).A spherical food called saa1 jung (沙翁), which is also similar to a cream puff but denser with a doughnut-like texture and usually prepared with sugar sprinkled on top, is normally available in dim sumCantonese restaurants. An oilier Beijing variant of this called 高力豆沙, gaoli dousha, is filled with red bean paste; originally, it was made with egg white instead of dough. Many Chinese cultures make a chewy doughnut known as shuangbaotai (雙包胎), which consists of two conjoined balls of dough.Chinese restaurants in the United States sometimes serve small fried pastries similar to doughnut holes with condensed milk as a sauce.Chinese cuisine features long, deep-fried doughnut sticks that are often quite oily, hence their name in Mandarin, yóutiáo (油條, "oil strips"); in Cantonese, this doughnut-style pastry is called yàuhjagwái (油炸鬼, "ghosts fried in oil"). These pastries are not sweet and are often served with congee, a traditional rice porridge or soy milk.


In India, an old-fashioned sweet called gulgula is made of sweetened, deep-fried flour balls. A leavening agent may or may not be used.File:Balushahi2.jpg|thumb|BalushahiBalushahiIn India, there are a couple of unrelated doughnut-shaped food items. A savory, fried, ring-shaped snack called a vada is often referred to as the Indian doughnut. The vada is made from dal, lentil or potato flours rather than wheat flour.NEWS, North Indian mirch masala,weblink Prema, Manmadhan, 20 September 2007, The Hindu, Cochin, Feb 10, 2014, In North India, it is in the form of a bulging disc called dahi-vada, and is soaked in curd, sprinkled with spices and sliced vegetables, and topped with a sweet and sour chutney. In South India, a vada is eaten with sambar and a coconut chutney.Sweet pastries similar to old-fashioned doughnuts called badushahi and jalebi are also popular. Balushahi, also called badushah, is made from flour, deep fried in clarified butter, and dipped in sugar syrup. Unlike a doughnut, balushahi is dense. A balushahi is ring-shaped, but the well in the center does not go all the way through to form a hole typical of a doughnut. Jalebi, which is typically pretzel-shaped, is made by deep frying batter in oil and soaking it in sugar syrup.NEWS, Donut variations around the world,weblink 26 December 2013, Fox News, Feb 16, 2014, A variant of jalebi, called imarti, is shaped with a small ring in the center around which a geometric pattern is arranged.Along with these Indian variants, typical varieties of doughnuts are also available from U.S. chains such as Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts retail outlets, as well as local brands such as Mad Over Donuts and the Donut Baker.NEWS, American doughnut makers Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts now play out rivalry in India,weblink Sarah, Jacob, 23 May 2012, Economic Times, Feb 16, 2014, The Times Of India,


The Indonesian, donat kentang is a potato doughnut, a ring-shaped fritter made from flour and mashed potatoes, coated in powder sugar or icing sugar.BOOK
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File:Zoolbia Bamieh.JPG|thumb|Zoolbia and bamiyehbamiyehThe Persian zoolbia and bamiyeh are fritters of various shapes and sizes coated in a sugar syrup.NEWS,weblink Zoolbia ingredients,, London, February 27, 2011, Doughnuts are also made in the home in Iran, referred to as doughnut, even in the plural.{{Citation needed|date=August 2010}}


File:Sufganiot.jpg|thumb|Israeli sufganiyot in a wide variety of toppings at a bakery in Tel AvivTel AvivJelly doughnuts, known as sufganiyah (סופגניה, pl. sufganiyot סופגניות) in Israel, have become a traditional Hanukkah foodJessica Steinberg (December 19, 2003)weblink. Jerusalem Post in the recent era, as they are cooked in oil, associated with the holiday account of the miracle of the oil. Traditional sufganiyot are filled with red jelly and topped with icing sugar. However, many other varieties exist, with some being filled with dulce de leche (particularly common after the South American aliyah early in the 21st century).


File:Bean jam doughnut,Katori-city,Japan.JPG|thumbnail|right|An-doughnut filled with red bean pastered bean pasteIn Japan, an-doughnut (あんドーナッツ, "bean paste doughnut") is widely available at bakeries. An-doughnut is similar to Germany's Berliner, except it contains red azuki bean paste.Mister Donut is one of the most popular doughnut chains in Japan. Native to Okinawa is a spheroid pastry similar to doughnuts called sata andagi. {{citation needed|date=December 2013}}


Kuih keria is a hole doughnut made from boiled sweet potato that is mashed. The sweet potato mash is shaped into rings and fried. The hot doughnut is then rolled in granulated sugar. The result is a doughnut with a sugar-crusted skin.WEB,weblink Malaysian sweet potato donuts,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-12-13,


Sel roti is a Nepali homemade, ring-shaped, rice doughnut prepared during Tihar, the widely celebrated Hindu festival in Nepal. A semiliquid dough is usually prepared by adding milk, water, sugar, butter, cardamom, and mashed banana to rice flour, which is often left to ferment for up to 24 hours. A sel roti is traditionally fried in ghee.WEB,weblink Sel Roti,,


Doughnuts are available at most bakeries across Pakistan. The Navaz Sharif variety, available mainly in the city of Karachi, is covered in chocolate and filled with cream, similar to a Boston cream. Doughnuts can readily be found at the many Dunkin' Donuts branches spread across Pakistan.WEB,weblink Dunkin Donuts Pakistan Menu,, 2018-12-19,weblink" title="">weblink 2014-02-20, dead,


File:Philippine buñuelo (bunwelo) doughnuts with ube filling.jpg|thumb|left|Buñuelos with ube filling from the PhilippinesPhilippinesFile:Shakoy doughnut.jpg|thumb|The distinctively-shaped shakoy (also known as lubid-lubid), a doughnut variant from the Visayas, PhilippinesPhilippinesLocal varieties of doughnuts sold by peddlers and street vendors throughout the Philippines are usually made of plain well-kneaded dough, deep-fried in refined coconut oil and sprinkled with refined (not powdered or confectioner's) sugar. Round versions of this doughnut are known as buñuelos (also spelled bunwelos, and sometimes confusingly known as "bicho-bicho"), similar to the doughnuts in Spain and former Spanish colonies. Indigenous versions of the doughnut also exist, like the cascaron, which is prepared similarly, but uses ground glutinous rice and coconut milk in place of wheat flour and milk.WEB, How to cook Bunuelos,weblink Pinoy Recipe At Iba Pa, 15 April 2019, WEB, Cascaron – Bitsu-Bitsu (Dough Balls) Recipe,weblink Savvy Nana's, 15 April 2019, Other native doughnut recipes include the shakoy, kumukunsi, and binangkal. Shakoy or siyakoy from the Visayas islands (also known as lubid-lubid in the northern Philippines) uses a length of dough twisted into a distinctive rope-like shape before being fried. The preparation is almost exactly the same as doughnuts, though there are variants made from glutinous rice flour. The texture can range from soft and fluffy, to sticky and chewy, to hard and crunchy (in the latter case, they are known as pilipit). They are sprinkled with white sugar, but can also be topped with sesame seeds or caramelized sugar.WEB,weblink How to cook Shakoy, Pinoy Recipes, 3 January 2015, 2014-03-15, WEB,weblink Shakoy or Lubid-Lubid Recipe, Ping Desserts, 3 January 2015, 2012-09-29, Kumukunsi is a jalebi-like native doughnut from the Maguindanao people. It is made with rice flour, duck eggs, and sugar that is molded into rope-like strands and then fried in a loose spiral. It has the taste and consistency of a creamy pancake.WEB,weblink Kumukunsi, 30 July 2013, ChoosePhilippines, 29 January 2017, WEB,weblink Doon Po Sa Amin: Kinikilala Ang Pagkaing Muslim, Leslie Joyce Belais, 27 December 2012, Prezi, 29 January 2017, Binangkal are simple fried dough balls covered in sesame seeds.BOOK, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Robert Ji-Song Ku, Martin F. Manalansan, Anita Mannur, Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, As American as Jackrabbit Adobo: Cooking, Eating, and Becoming Filipina/o American before World War II, NYU Press, 2013, 169, 9781479869251,weblink Other fried dough desserts include the mesh-like lokot-lokot, the fried rice cake panyalam, and the banana fritter maruya, among others.WEB,weblink Lokot-Lokot - Filipino Food,, 2017-02-24, >WEB, Damo, Ida, 4 Must-Eat K’Gan Muslim Desserts,weblink Choose Philippines, 10 December 2018,


In Taiwan, shuāngbāotāi (雙胞胎, lit. "twins") is two pieces of dough wrapped together before frying.WEB,weblink 【記憶裡的古早味】雙胞胎、甜甜圈、麻花捲,中式點心的八里夢工廠 - 文化銀行|BANK OF CULTURE, 2018-03-30, 文化銀行|BANK OF CULTURE, zh-TW, 2019-11-15,


In Thailand, a popular breakfast food is pa thong ko, also known as Thai donuts, a version of the Chinese yiu ja guoy/youtiao. Often sold from food stalls in markets or by the side of the road, these doughnuts are small, sometimes X-shaped, and sold by the bag full.WEB,weblink Thai Donuts, 'Pa Thong Ko',, They are often eaten in the morning with hot Thai tea.


Vietnamese varieties of doughnuts include bánh tiêu, bánh cam, and bánh rán. Bánh tiêu is a sesame-topped, deep-fried pastry that is hallow. It can be eaten alone or cut in half and served with bánh bò, a gelatinous cake, placed inside the pastry. Bánh cam is from Southern Vietnam and is a ball-shaped, deep-fried pastry coated entirely in sesame seeds and containing a mung bean paste filling. Bánh rán is from Northern Vietnam and is similar to bánh cam; however, the difference is that bánh rán is covered with a sugar glaze after being deep-fried and its mung bean paste filling includes a jasmine essence.{{citation needed|date=December 2013}}



In Austria, doughnut equivalents are called Krapfen. They are especially popular during Carneval season (Fasching), and do not have the typical ring shape, but instead are solid and usually filled with apricot jam (traditional) or vanilla cream (Vanillekrapfen).WEB,weblink Ich bin ein Berliner, A second variant, called Bauernkrapfen, probably more similar to doughnuts, are made of yeast dough, and have a thick outside ring, but are very thin in the middle.WEB,weblink Bauernkrapfen (In German),,


In Belgium, the smoutebollen in Dutch, or croustillons in French, are similar to the Dutch kind of oliebollen, but they usually do not contain any fruit, except for apple chunks sometimes. They are typical carnival and fair snacks and are coated with powdered sugar.WEB,weblink Smoutebollen,, 2011-04-04, WEB,weblink Croustillons,, 2014-02-17,weblink" title="">weblink 2006-02-08, dead,

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia

(File:Doughnuts cz.jpg|thumb|Czech koblihy)Doughnuts similar to the Berliner are prepared in the northern Balkans, particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia (pokladnice or krofne). They are also called krofna, krafna or krafne, a name derived from the Austrian Krapfen for this pastry. In Croatia, they are especially popular during Carneval season and do not have the typical ring shape, but instead are solid. Traditionally, they are filled with jam (apricot or plum). However, they can be filled with vanilla or chocolate cream. Another types of doughnuts are uštipci and fritule. {{citation needed|date=December 2013}}

Czech Republic

U.S.-style doughnuts are available in the Czech Republic, but before{{clarify|date=April 2018}} they were solid shape and filled with jelly (strawberry or peach). The shape is similar to doughnuts in Germany or Poland. They are called Kobliha (Koblihy in plural). They may be filled with nougat or with vanilla custard. There are now many fillings; cut in half{{clarify|date=April 2018}} or non-filled knots with sugar and cinnamon on top.WEB,weblink Kobliha,,


In Denmark, U.S.-style doughnuts may be found at various stores, e.g. McDonald's and most gas stations. The Berliner, however, is also available in bakeries.{{citation needed|date=December 2013}}


File:Lihapiirakka.jpg|thumb|A Finnish meat doughnutmeat doughnutin Finland, a sweet doughnut is called a munkki (the word also means monk) and are commonly eaten in cafés and cafeteria restaurants. It is sold cold and sometimes filled with jam (like U.S. jelly donuts) or a vanilla sauce. A ring doughnut is also known as donitsi.WEB,weblink English to Finnish dictionary, December 16, 2016, A savory form of doughnut is the meat doughnut (in Finnish lihapiirakka, or literally meat pie). Made from a doughnut mixture and deep fried, the end product is more akin to a savory doughnut than any pie known in the English-speaking world.WEB,weblink lihapiirakka, 2013-07-09,


The French beignet, literally "bump",BOOK, Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 2003, HarperCollins Publishers, is the French and New Orleans equivalent of a doughnut: a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry.Alan Davidson (1999) Oxford Companion to Food, Oxford University Press


File:Berliner-Pfannkuchen.jpg|right|thumb|German Berliner ]]In parts of Germany, the doughnut equivalents are called Berliner (sg. and pl.), but not in the capital city of Berlin itself and neighboring areas, where they are called Pfannkuchen (which is often found misleading by people in the rest of Germany, who use the word Pfannkuchen to describe a pancake, which is also the literal translation of it).In middle Germany, doughnuts are called Kreppel or Pfannkuchen. In southern Germany, they are also called Krapfen and are especially popular during Carnival season (Karneval/Fasching) in southern and middle Germany and on New Year's Eve in northern Germany. A Berliner does not have the typical ring shape of a doughnut, but instead is solid and usually filled with jam, while a ring-shaped variant called Kameruner is common in Berlin and eastern Germany. Bismarcks and Berlin doughnuts are also found in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland and the United States. Today, U.S.-style doughnuts are also available in Germany, but are less popular than their native counterparts.


In Greece, a doughnut-like snack called loukoumas (λουκουμάς), which is spherical and soaked in honey syrup, is available. It is often served with sprinkled cinnamon and grated walnuts or sesame seeds.WEB,weblink Greek honey balls (loukoumades),


Fánk is a sweet traditional Hungarian cake. The most commonly used ingredients are flour, yeast, butter, egg yolk, rum, salt, milk and oil for frying. The dough is allowed to rise for approximately 30 minutes, resulting in an extremely light pastry. Fánk is usually served with powdered sugar and lekvar.It is supposed{{by whom|date=April 2018}} that Fánk pastry is of the same origin as German Berliner, Dutch oliebol, and Polish pączki.


File:Zeppula.jpg|thumb|An Italian ZeppoleZeppoleItalian doughnuts include ciambelle, krapfen, zippuli and zeppole from Calabria, maritozzi and bomboloni from Tuscany, and frittelle from Veneto.


In Lithuania, a kind of doughnut called spurgos is widely known. Some spurgos are similar to Polish pączki, but some specific recipes, such as cottage cheese doughnuts (varškės spurgos), were invented independently.{{Citation needed|date=June 2007}}


File:oliebollen.jpg|thumb|right|(Oliebollen]]: Dutch doughnuts)In the Netherlands, oliebollen, referred to in cookbooks as "Dutch doughnuts", are a type of fritter, with or without raisins or currants, and usually sprinkled with powdered sugar. Variations of the recipe contain slices of apple or other fruits. They are traditionally eaten as part of New Year celebrations.BOOK
, Peter G. Rose
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, Syracuse UP
, 1989
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, 978-0-8156-0241-5, BOOK
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In Norway, smultring is the prevailing type of doughnut traditionally sold in bakeries, shops, and stalls. However, U.S.-style doughnuts are widely available in larger supermarkets, McDonald's restaurants, 7-elevens and bakeries. The Berliner is more common than U.S.-style doughnut, and sold in most supermarkets and bakeries alongside smultring doughnuts.


File:Polskie pączki.jpg|thumb|Polish pączkipączkiIn Poland and parts of the U.S. with a large Polish community, like Chicago and Detroit, the round, jam-filled doughnuts eaten especially—though not exclusively—during the Carnival are called pączki ({{IPA-pol|ˈpɔntʂkʲi|pron}}). Pączki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. Jędrzej Kitowicz has described that during the reign of the Augustus III under influence of French cooks who came to Poland at that time, pączki dough fried in Poland has been improved, so that pączki became lighter, spongier, and more resilient.



The Romanian dessert gogoși are fried dough balls similar to filled doughnuts. They are stuffed with chocolate, jam, cheese and other combinations and may be dusted with icing sugar.


File:Pampushky.jpg|thumb|Ukrainian pampushkypampushkyIn Russia and the other Post-Soviet countries, ponchiki (, plural form of пончик, ponchik) or pyshki (, especially in St. Petersburg) are a very popular sweet doughnut, with many fast and simple recipes available in Russian cookbooks for making them at home as a breakfast or coffee pastry.Recipes for Russian and other ponchiki {{ru icon}}.


In Slovenia, a jam-filled doughnut known as krofi, is very popular. It is the typical sweet during Carnival time, but is to be found in most bakeries during the whole year. The most famous krofi come from the village of Trojane in central Slovenia, and are originally filled with apricot jam filling.Trojane doughnuts. Retrieved on August 22, 2013.


File:Rosquillas.JPG|thumb|Fried "Rosquillas" from Asturias, SpainSpainIn Spain, there are two different types of doughnuts. The first one, simply called donuts, or more traditionally berlinesas, is a U.S.-style doughnut, i.e., a deep-fried, sweet, soft, ring of flour dough.The second type of doughnut is a traditional pastry called rosquilla, made of fermented dough and fried or baked in an oven. Rosaquillas were purportedly introduced in Spain by the Romans.BOOK, Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Kraig, Bruce, Colleen Taylor Sen, 323, In Spain, there are several variants of them depending on the region where they are prepared and the time of the year they are sold. In some regions they are considered a special pastry prepared only for Easter.{{citation needed|date=April 2018}} Although overall they are more tightly textured and less sweet than U.S.-style doughnuts, they differ greatly in shape, size and taste from one region to another.{{citation needed|date=April 2018}}The churro is a sweet pastry of deep-fried dough similar to a doughnut but shaped as a long, thin, ribbed cylinder rather than a ring or sphere. Churros are commonly served dusted in sugar as a snack or with a cup of hot chocolate.


In Switzerland, there are Zigerkrapfen, Berliner and tortelli di San Giuseppe.


Similar to the Finnish munkki, the Swedish munk is a sweet doughnut commonly eaten as fika along with coffee. It is sold cold and is sometimes filled with jam (U.S. jelly) or a vanilla sauce. A ring doughnut is also known as simply munk.


In Ukraine doughnuts are called pampushky (). Pampushky are made of yeast dough containing wheat, rye or bukwheat flour. Traditionally they are baked, but may also be fried. According to William Pokhlyobkin, the technology of making pampushky points to German cuisine, and these buns were possibly created by German colonists in Ukraine.

United Kingdom

(File:Yumyums-Plate.png|thumb|Two shop-bought lightly glazed Yum Yums on a plate. On average they are {{convert|12|-|14|cm|abbr=on}} in length.)In some parts of Scotland, ring doughnuts are referred to as doughrings, with the 'doughnut' name being reserved exclusively for the nut-shaped variety. Glazed, twisted rope-shaped doughnuts are known as yum-yums. It is also possible to buy fudge doughnuts in certain regions of Scotland. Fillings include jam, custard, cream, sweet mincemeat, chocolate and apple. Common ring toppings are sprinkle-iced and chocolate.In Northern Ireland, ring doughnuts are known as gravy rings, gravy being an archaic term for hot cooking oil.

North America

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Caribbean region

A kurma is a small, sweet, fried cube-shaped or rectangular doughnut which originated in Eastern India but is sold in Trinidad and Tobago.{{Citation needed|date=December 2010}}

Costa Rica

A traditional Puntarenas cream-filled doughnut is round and robust, managing to keep the cream inside liquified. They are popular in Costa Rica.


The Mexican donas are similar to doughnuts, including the name; the dona is a fried-dough pastry-based snack, commonly covered with powdered brown sugar and cinnamon, white sugar or chocolate.

United States and Canada

File:Krispy Kreme glazed donuts 2.JPG|thumb|left|Krispy KremeKrispy Kreme(File:Entenmann's donut variety pack 1.jpg|thumb|Powdered, glazed and chocolate doughnuts from a variety pack sold at supermarkets)Frosted, glazed, powdered, Boston cream, coconut, sour cream, cinnamon, chocolate, and jelly are some of the varieties eaten in the United States and Canada. Sweetening, filling, and fancy toppings are now so common that plain doughnuts are now commonly labeled and sold as "old fashioned". There are also potato doughnuts (sometimes referred to as spudnuts). (File:Elegant donut in Miami Beach.jpg|thumb|Elegant doughnut seved at a wedding breakfast in Miami Beach)Doughnuts are ubiquitous in the United States and can be found in most grocery stores, as well as in specialty (:Category:Doughnut shops|doughnut shops).A popular doughnut in Hawaii is the malasada. Malasadas were brought to the Hawaiian Islands by early Portuguese settlers, and are a variation on Portugal's filhós. They are small eggy balls of yeast dough deep-fried and coated in sugar.Immigrants have brought various doughnut varieties to the United States. To celebrate Fat Tuesday in eastern Pennsylvania, churches sell a potato starch doughnut called a Fastnacht (or Fasnacht). The treats are so popular there that Fat Tuesday is often called Fastnacht Day. The Polish doughnut, the pączki, is popular in U.S. cities with large Polish communities such as Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit.In regions of the country where apples are widely grown, especially the Northeast and Midwest states, cider doughnuts are a harvest season specialty, especially at orchards open to tourists, where they can be served fresh. Cider doughnuts are a cake doughnut with apple cider in the batter. The use of cider affects both the texture and flavor, resulting in a denser, moister product. They are often coated with either granulated or powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.NEWS,weblink A Match Made In October, Luke Pyenson, October 10, 2007, September 26, 2009, The Boston Globe, In Southern Louisiana, a popular variety of the doughnut is the beignet, a fried, square doughnut served traditionally with powdered sugar. Perhaps the most famous purveyor of beignets is New Orleans restaurant Cafe Du Monde.In Quebec, homemade doughnuts called beignes de Noël are traditional Christmas desserts.BOOK, Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825–1949, Elizabeth Driver, 2008, 978-0802047908, University of Toronto Press, 99, NEWS,weblink De meilleurs beignes de Noël?, January 21, 2003, October 27, 2012, Enjeux – Radio-Canada, NEWS,weblink Les beignes de Noël : une tradition familiale bien vivante, Pascal Huot, Mathieu Tremblay, December 3, 2008, October 27, 2012, Epoch Times,weblink" title="">weblink January 17, 2013, dead, (File:Chocolate Frosted Donuts (Coffee An), Westport, CT 06880 USA - Mar 2013.jpg|thumb|Chocolate-frosted doughnut)



File:Custard doughnut.jpg|thumb|right|Custard-filled doughnut served by Il Fornaio, St Kilda, VictoriaSt Kilda, VictoriaIn Australia, the doughnut is a popular snack food. Jam doughnuts are particularly popularJam Donut.{{dead link|date=January 2017|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} and a unique aspect of Australian culture, especially in Melbourne, Victoria and the Queen Victoria Market, where they are a tradition.A hot piece of history. February 5, 2004 Jam doughnuts are similar to a Berliner, but are served hot: red jam (raspberry or strawberry) is injected into the bun before it is deep-fried, and then it is coated with either sugar or sugar mixed with cinnamon as soon as it has been cooked. Jam doughnuts are sometimes also bought frozen. In South Australia, they are known as Berliner or Kitchener and often served in cafes. Popular variants include custard-filled doughnuts, and more recently Nutella-filled doughnuts.Mobile vans that serve doughnuts, traditional or jam, are often seen at spectator events, markets, carnivals and fetes, and by the roadside near high-traffic areas like airports and the carparks of large shopping centres. Traditional cinnamon doughnuts are readily available in Australia from specialised retailers and convenience stores. Doughnuts are a popular choice for schools and other not-for-profit groups to cook and sell as a fundraiser.

New Zealand

In New Zealand, the doughnut is a popular food snack available in corner dairies. They are in the form of a long sweet bread roll with a deep cut down its long axis. In this cut is placed a long dollop of sweetened clotted cream and on top of this is a spot of strawberry jam. Doughnuts are of two varieties: fresh cream or mock cream. The rounded variety is widely available as well.

South America


In Brazil, bakeries, grocery stores and pastry shops sell ball-shaped doughnuts popularly known as "sonhos" (lit. dreams). The dessert was brought to Brazil by Portuguese colonizers that had contact with Dutch and German traders. They are the equivalent of nowadays "bolas de Berlim" (lit. balls of Berlin) in Portugal, but the traditional Portuguese yellow cream was substituted by local dairy and fruit products. They are made of a special type of bread filled with "goiabada" (guava jelly) or milk cream, and covered by white sugar.


Berlin (plural Berlines) doughnut is popular in Chile because of the large German community. It may be filled with jam or with manjar, the Chilean version of dulce de leche.


Peruvian cuisine includes picarones which are doughnut-shaped fritters made with a squash and sweet potato base. These snacks are almost always served with a drizzle of sweet molasses-based sauce.

In popular culture

The doughnut has made an appearance in popular culture, particularly in the United States and Australia. References extend to objects or actions that are doughnut-shaped.(File:Korean National Police recognized for protecting our Community.jpg|thumb|South Korean policemen eating doughnuts; policemen liking doughnuts is a common stereotype in some places.)


Donut King is Australia's largest retailer of doughnuts. A Guinness Book of Records largest doughnut made up of 90,000 individual doughnuts was set in Sydney in 2007 as part of a celebration for the release of The Simpsons Movie.World's largest D'oh Nut {{webarchive|url= |date=February 6, 2009 }}. (December 5, 2007). Retrieved August 22, 2013.


Per capita, Canadians consume the most doughnuts, and Canada has the most doughnut stores per capita.The unofficial national sugary snack. Retrieved on August 22, 2013.NEWS,weblink Canada's holey icon: Our eyes glaze over, Boston Globe, April 12, 2008, March 6, 2009, Alex Beam, Tim Hortons is the most popular Canadian doughnut and coffee franchise, and one of the most successful quick service restaurants in the country.{{original research inline|date=November 2014}} In the Second City Television sketch comedy "The Great White North" featuring the fictional stereotypically Canadian brothers Bob and Doug MacKenzie and in their film Strange Brew, doughnuts play a role in the duo's comedy.

United States

File:Cops in a Donut Shop 2011 Shankbone.jpg|thumb|New York police officers in a Dunkin' Donuts in the East Village ]]{{Original research|section|date=June 2016}}Within the United States, the Providence metropolitan area was cited as having the most doughnut shops per capita (25.3 doughnut shops per 100,000 people) as of January 13, 2010.WEB,weblink Providence still doughnut capital of U.S., Chris Barrett, Providence Business News, March 22, 2014, National Doughnut Day celebrates the doughnut's history and role in popular culture. There is a race in Staunton, Illinois, featuring doughnuts, called Tour de Donut.In film, the doughnut has inspired Dora's Dunking Doughnuts (1933), The Doughnuts (1963) and (Tour de Donut#Documentary film: Gluttons for Punishment|Tour de Donut: Gluttons for Punishment). In video games, the doughnut has appeared in games like The Simpsons Game and Donut Dilemma. In the cartoon Mucha Lucha, there are four things that make up the code of mask wrestling: honor, family, tradition, and doughnuts. Also, in the television sitcom The Simpsons, Homer Simpson's love affair with doughnuts is a prominent ongoing joke as well as the focal point of more than a few episodes. There is also a children's book Arnie the Doughnut and music albums The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse and ''Desert In movies, TV shows, and video games, police officers are depicted as enjoying doughnuts during their coffee break. This cliché has been parodied in the film (Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol), where Officer Zed is instructing new recruits how to "properly" consume their doughnuts with coffee. It is also parodied in the television series Twin Peaks, where the police station is always in large supply.On the B movie matinee show Mystery Science Theater 3000, cop/donut jokes were used so prevalently by the host Joel during the viewing of the sci-fi cop drama Indestructible Man that his robot co-hosts insisted upon him signing a legal document forbidding any further usage of such jokes in the future. See one of the most spectacular "donut scenes" in the still on the "Welcome to Twin Peaks" website and read about it in the article "Twin Peaks Donut Shop Was Called Wagon Wheel Do-Nuts". In the video game Neuromancer, there is a Donut World shop, where only policemen are allowed. During a citywide "lockdown" after the Boston Marathon bombings, a handful of selected Dunkin' Donuts locations were ordered to remain open to serve police and first responders despite the closing of the vast majority of city businesses.NEWS,weblink Dunkin' Donuts In Certain Boston Areas Stay Open To Serve Police During City Lockdown, Catherine New, Huffington Post, April 19, 2013, Cops & Doughnuts, a doughnut shop in Clare, Michigan, is notable for being owned and operated by current and former members of the city's police precinct.WEB,weblink Cops & Doughnuts, Johnson, Elizabeth, March 5, 2013, American Profile, 14 June 2016,

See also

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Further reading

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  • NEWS, Donnelly, Tim, The delicious history of the American donut, New York Post, June 6, 2014,weblink August 20, 2017,
  • BOOK, Edge, John T., Donuts: An American Passion, Putnam, 2006, 978-0-399-15358-7, registration,weblink
  • BOOK, Jones, Charlotte Foltz, Mistakes That Worked, Doubleday, 1991, 978-0-385-26246-0, Origins of the doughnut hole.
  • BOOK, Moreira, Rosana G., etal, Deep fat frying : fundamentals and applications, Aspen, 0-8342-1321-4, harv,
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