What do you like to eat for breakfast? Is a sizzling skillet full of bacon high on your list? What about eggs? Do you like them fried or scrambled? And how about pancakes…and potatoes…and cereal?
Many people claim breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even if it wasn't so important, it would still be one of the most fun, given how many good breakfast foods there are to eat.
Some people look forward to breakfast because that's when they get to partake of those sweet pastries that tempt so many. What are we talking about? Donuts, of course!
Donuts — sometimes spelled “doughnuts" — are those deep-fried pieces of dough that are usually sweet and round. Of course, not all donuts are sweet, and some come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Some donuts are covered with sugar, frosting or glaze. Other donuts are filled with sweet cream, jelly or custard. While many donuts are circular, some donuts are long and rectangular.
Do you prefer cake donuts or yeast donuts? Yeast donuts contain yeast that makes them rise. They tend to be light and airy and are often filled with jelly or cream. Cake donuts use baking powder or soda to make them rise and, as a result, have a heavier consistency more like cake.
Long, long ago, creative bakers decided to go beyond the plain glazed yeast donut. For example, crullers are twisted fried donuts that can take on either a ring shape or be long and straight.
Instead of regular circular donuts — with or without holes — you might prefer Long Johns, which are long, bar-shaped donuts. They're often dipped in icing. If they contain a filling, such as cream or custard, they may be called éclairs.
At some point in time, someone decided to incorporate fresh apples into donut batter. The irregularly-shaped donuts that come out of the oil to be topped by glaze or sugar are often known as apple fritters.
All around the world, people love their pastries. The donuts you're used to seeing might be popular in other countries, too. Of course, many other countries have their own unique versions of donuts that might tempt your taste buds, too.
For example, if you find yourself in Italy, you might want to try a bomboloni or a zeppole. Mediterranean peoples in Greece and Turkey enjoy loukoumades, while people in Germany might look forward to berliners or krapfen for breakfast.