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One of my most favorite foods in the entire world....

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If only it was as healthy to eat as kale. *sigh*


There are definitely green bits - it must be healthy!
That sounds about right! LOL
I love that idea.
*snatches one*
I snatched far too many out of that particular box. *sigh* I can no more resist donuts than Gollum can resist the One Ring.

(I'm not alone in that temptation:



http://mirachravaia.deviantart.com/art/The-Frying-of-the-Great-Dough-of-Power-446415531 )
*grins 'n giggles*
My greatest weakness. *sigh*
In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, "Mmmmmm, donuts."

LOL... succinctly put.
*g* One day I hope to come across "proper" US donuts and see if they taste as good as you all say. Those we get hereabouts are nothing special at all, making the addiction preference difficult to understand. ;)
I imagine a lot of American donuts are very similar to German ones... pretty sure it was German immigrants who brought them, at least here my part of the Midwest where so much of our culture is Germanic in origin. So it might be that you wouldn't find them very special at all here, either.
It's interesting you say that, since Donuts are nothing German at all. They didn't exist here until the fashion came from over the pond, and are now offered in many bakeries as freshly baked goods. I suppose they are a modification of traditional German food, since - according to the recpies I know - they are based on our "Berliner" or similar pastries. These are yeast-raised dough thingies in different forms, fried in hot oil and rolled in sugar common to nearly all regions in different shapes and sizes, just none with holes in the middle (at least as far as I know, but I think I have heard about all typical kinds). Some are filled with jam, like the "Berliner", and then rolled in powdered sugar and served all year round, while, for example, in our region we have plain lozenges, rolled in caster sugar and eaten on Carnival Tuesday only with fruit compote.
In bakeries and sometimes inops you usually only get the Berliner variety, while the other local varieties are usually only home-made, or sometimes in restaurants with local kitchen.
The only commonly-known bakery of this kind has become the donut, but strangely, they usually taste much more bland and undelicious than the Berliners. Making good Berliners is a sign for a good baker, and the dough has to have a fine taste, not be too fat-drenched and not be bland. The donuts sold/ those I tasted or heard about are just that, though: bland, too fatty, with a rather chewy douhg and not at all fluffy and "light" as, for example, a proper Berliner is supposed to be.
They are offered plain with powdered sugar and with chocolate icing, but I have also never seen a larger variety. Same goes for American Muffins and American Cookies, which are often sold (Amerikan baked goods are rather in fashion, like Starbucks' and such) but never as good as the home-made ones, or comparable to the traditional or more modern German bakery goods.
they are based on our "Berliner" or similar pastries.

Yes, that's the German "donut" that many of ours are so similar to (and indeed, there are bakeries in the German neighborhoods where I grew up that sell them as Berliners. They might not be available in a widespread fashion in the US... donuts really do vary a lot here, by region, because of different settlers and immigrants, either recent arrivals or who came two hundred years ago). I don't think our versions of Berliners would be different from yours, except for perhaps the hole in the middle of the ones that don't have filling (those little round donuts behind the pink-iced cake donut are "donut holes", which are hugely popular here). The pink-iced one with sprinkles in my photo are what we call "cake donuts"... they're not yeast-raised and probably not to your taste, because they are heavier and, at least if you eat them fresh out of the fryer, a little greasy. I actually prefer day-old cake donuts because they don't have that greasy taste by then.

It's interesting how palates differ. I don't know exactly what American baked goods you have, but even here, homemade usually trumps anything pre-made you find in grocery stores (except perhaps for Oreos!) And personally, I don't like Starbucks! LOL I prefer smoother coffee, like Gevalia.
I'm sure I would like freshly- or home-made donuts very much. But help me, please: do all donuts have holes, or are there also hole-less ones? Here, everything with a hole in it which isn't a bagel is a donut. We live in the former US occupation zone and, with Heidelberg, close to the former European Headquaters of the US Army, so American food is more common. We have the odd diner here and there and do know that a Hamburger can be something delicious and not just McDonald's, and so on. ;)
I can't say about the coffee, as I don't drink any. Starbucks does have a decent soy chai latte and I can count on it being truly soy, if I ask thrice, which is not the case with McDonald's Café, the only other chain here that offers any soy chai at all.
do all donuts have holes, or are there also hole-less ones?

No, not all donuts here have holes. Some are filled with fruit jam, whipped cream, or a combination, and others are twisted into braids or bars or hearts or whatever the baker's imagination has him try.

Here, I suppose the term "donut" is a little like saying "bread"--it's a broad term that covers all sorts of deep-fried pastries, regardless of shape, flavor, filled or not, etc. I imagine that it's the "fried" part that makes a donut a donut, but I've never really researched it to that extent!
Ah, this explains a lot of things. Well, if you ever come to Germany, you must not call any bakery without a whole "donut" or fear of being politely but determinedly being escorted to the next airport. *g* Your descriptions of the hole-less donuts really sound like Berliner or other local/regional specialities.
What a fascinating subject! :o)
you must not call any bakery without a whole "donut" or fear of being politely but determinedly being escorted to the next airport.

Wow, y'all are strict about your donut policies. :D

Duly noted! :DDDDD
I meant "without a hole", of course)

Well, you cannot simply walk into Mordor Germany and call Berliners donuts... *vbg*

We do have our standards, you see.

you cannot simply walk into Mordor Germany and call Berliners donuts...

*helpless flaily giggles*