Whether you spell it donuts or doughnuts (for the record, both options are acceptable!), you most likely have a favorite: jelly-filled, frosting and sprinkles, or cake donuts as well as churros con chocolate or beignets — just to name a few. Fortunately, in Central Florida, the offerings are multicultural and endless. Consider some of the options below!
In Poland, fruit-filled fried dough is round and covered in sugar icing and candied orange peel. Traditionally, they have rose-petal jam inside. Paczki are used to mark the end of carnival for Poles all over the world.
These spiraled treats originated in Spain and Latin America. Made with cream puff pastry and squeezed through a tube with a star tip, they’re bathed in hot oil to give them that perfect crunch. The finishing touch? Gooey, hot chocolate sauce for dipping. As if that wasn’t enough, they may also be covered in cinnamon and sugar or served with milk caramel filling. Defining the trend of traditional Argentine cuisine in Orlando, Choo Choo Churros offers patrons the latter option.
Who said a donut has to be sweet? This ringed-dough is glaze-free and bursting with the spicy flavors of South India. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the hole in the middle helps them achieve their balanced perfection. To add to this tasty experience, dunk your vada in mild coconut chutney and spicy sambar.
These perfectly round, oversized doughnut holes pair nicely with a milky cafe con leche. Plus, thanks to the inclusion of cheese, they’re a hit for people who don’t love sweet breakfasts. And it’s not just any cheese: Queso costeno, a soft and salty white cheese, gives them a cake-like texture. Locals can try a bunuelo at Cafe De Colombia Bakery in Orlando.
Serving as the state doughnut of Louisiana (yes, that’s a thing), beignets arrived in New Orleans with the French settlers during the 18th century. The puffy squares of fried dough are sprinkled generously with powdered sugar — and they’re just as delectable as they sound.
This half-doughnut, half-croissant is perfect for someone who struggles to make a decision at brunch. With its crunchy and flakey texture, fruity jam injection, and a simple glaze, it’s got a little bit of everything.
Fortunately for us, the American version of the doughnut is known for both its freshness and its creativity. From maple and bacon to chocolate cookie crunch to cornflake cereal milk and honey (a seasonal flavor), The Salty Donut in Orlando is popular for its unique menu offerings. Similarly, Donuts To Go in Sanford gives visitors more than 40 different options. The Old Fashioned, made of cake dough, is a must-try, as is their signature Square Glazed. With a motto of “A balanced diet is a donut in each hand,” you have to try at least two!
Feeling adventurous? Make your own donuts! Check out this recipe from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Give them a try with blueberry preserves or apple butter.
You can find the original piece from our Fall 2013 issue here.