Doughnuts!!! One of the funnest of treats! The first Friday of June (this year Friday 7th June) is National Doughnut Day. Believed to have started in 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago’s The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help those in need during the Great Depression, and to honour The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.
Doughnuts are a sweet treat that feature across the globe in various forms.
Balushahi - Northern India, Pakistan & Nepal The flaky-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside these doughnuts made with yogurt fried in ghee (a type of clarified butter), enjoyed as a traditional dessert or snack.
Bomboloni - Italy These Tuscan treats are sugar-coated and often custard- or cream-filled thick doughnuts. Unlike other filled doughnuts, they get their fillings piped in from above (instead of the side) and are left with a visible cream top.
Koeksisters - South Africa These “braided” dough sticks are sticky and crunchy on the outside, and moist and syrupy inside. After they are fried, these treats are soaked in sweet syrup flavoured with cinnamon, ginger, and lemon.
Oliebollen - The Netherlands In the Netherlands, ball-shaped and deep-fried oliebollen (literally translated as “oil balls”), are typically filled with raisins, and enjoyed around festivities like New Year’s Eve.
Youtiao - China Youtiao, also known as Chinese oil sticks are lightly salted Chinese doughnuts. Instead of dunking them in hot chocolate like is the tradition with churros, these “oil sticks” are dipped into rice porridge or soy milk for breakfast.