The berliner donut is one of the best-known donuts around the world – and it has inspired, or been inspired by – donuts across Europe and North and South America.
It’s hard to know which came first – and even harder to pin down just one name for the delicious treat by which many, MANY other donuts are judged.
In different regions across Germany, these delicious donuts are called:
- Kreppel or
No matter what you call it, it remains essentially unchanged: a jam, jelly, or cream-filled pastry.
In Germany, the berliner is traditionally eaten around New Year’s and Mardi Gras so it’s very much a winter celebration food.
Interestingly, though, the berliner is also at the heart of a very old joke. Some people play a practical joke with berliners by filling the insides with mustard instead of cream, jam, or jelly. So it would be the perfect donut to serve for April Fool’s Day!
And who hasn’t heard the famous claim that American President John F. Kennedy once made a famous faux-pas and declared himself a jelly donut? I have it on excellent authority that story is absolutely not true.
But don’t let a true story – or a name – get in the way of enjoying this treat.
Just make sure to sniff for mustard before digging in!
Check out Chef Danielle’s recipe for berliners on CookingClarified.com. And don’t worry – there won’t be any surprises.
Filed under Eat, Europe, Holiday
You can make any day a festival with these fried corn fritters from Jamaica.
It’s said they got their name because they’re so good, it’s like having a festival in your mouth!
Festival are a great donut to eat with jerk spiced dishes from the Caribbean.
Play with the shape and you’ve got lots of variety in one little donut.
These donuts are the favorite so far of Chef Danielle from Cooking Clarified.
Check out her Festival recipe to see why.
Filed under Caribbean, Eat
If you dream of donuts in Brazil, you’re in luck. One of Brazil’s most beloved donuts is actually called sonhos – or dream.
The sonhos may have originated in Portugal – and some food writers even claim it is related to Polish donuts – but Brazilians have made them all their own.
Filled with guava jelly or dulce de leche, sonhos are a delicious treat with coffee (or milk).
They are frequently enjoyed around the Christmas holidays but we know we don’t need a holiday to enjoy dreams – or donuts!
Check out Chef Danielle’s sonhos recipe at CookingClarified.com.
Fank, also known as farsang fank, or ribboned carnival doughnuts, are a traditional Hungarian carnival food.
Hungarian carnival – like that in many other parts of the world – last from about Twelfth Night until Ash Wednesday, but it really heats up just before Lent begins (generally in February or March).
Hungarian carnival, also known as farsang, features parades with people wearing crazy masks, parties and feasts.
Most of the traditions associated with farsang are not religious. It’s just an opportunity to have a good time, blow off some steam, and prepare for the Lenten season.
Traditionally, Hungarians enjoy fank during carnival. The recipe may vary, but most Hungarians enjoy their fank with a side of apricot jam.
Here is a recipe from Chef Danielle at CookingClarified.com for fank. Try and it and see if it earns a spot at your next feast!
Filed under Eat, Europe, Holiday
Smoutebollen are a traditional Christmas – or winter – treat in Belgium.
Don’t be turned off by the name, which in Flemish means “lard balls.” I can assure that no lard made its way into these delicious, beer-inflected donuts.
They can range in size from golf balls to tennis balls and are typically served dusted with powdered sugar.
You can fancy-up your smoutebollen by filling them with delicious ingredients such as chocolate or apple but plain is just perfect, too.
Check out Chef Danielle’s take on smoutebollen with apple at CookingClarified.com.
Raise your hand if you need a pick-me-up. If you’re still recovering from:
- A seemingly endless winter;
- Stressful work load;
- Agonizing semester of school;
- Bad breakup;
- Good breakup
- Assorted life changes;
Take your pick of excuses to luxuriate in a 20 mouth-watering, decadent, and global donut/doughnut recipes presented to you in a special partnership between KidCulture and CookingClarified.com.
As moms, writers, and donut lovers, this is our April gift to you. Over the course of the Donut Project, I will be providing the global context for these fabulous donuts from around the world and Chef Danielle of Cooking Clarified will be testing and photographing the donuts.
This is a truly heroic effort on Chef Danielle’s part – but she assures me it will be worth the sacrifice that she and her family will be making!
We’re eager to hear your comments, entertain your suggestions for other donuts you love from across the globe, and hear about your donut adventures.