Glazed, jelly-filled, or chocolate frosted – we’re all familiar with these and many other common varieties of donuts we see in most donut shops. However, do you ever wonder what kind of donuts they have in other places around the globe? Take a world trip around the world (by way of donuts) and explore two of our favorite international recipes.
Mochi Donuts (Japan)
These tasty donut holes have a slightly crisp outside and a soft inside. The combination of flavors is likely to turn these into family favorites.
- Mix 1/4 cup of rice flour and 2 tablespoons of milk. Place in a microwave for about 45 seconds, stirring once at the 30-second mark. Set this aside.
- Place 1 3/4 cups rice flour, 1/2 cup whole milk, 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted), 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon Matcha powder into a mixing bowl and mix on low until blended. Add to the mixture from the above step and blend well.
- Dust a flat surface with some rice flour and roll out the dough, creating a long tube. Cut the dough tube into equal-sized pieces and roll each piece into a small donut-hole sized ball.
- Heat your deep fryer and carefully place the dough balls in it, being careful not to crowd them too closely. Fry until the outside is slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the hot oil and allow them to drain on a paper towel.
- Mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon Matcha powder. Place fried balls on a plate and sprinkle this mixture over the donut holes. Serve warm.
The word “lokma” is translated to mean “mouthful,” and that is exactly what these bite-sized donut holes are. They are often considered the perfect treat for special occasions.
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
Let this sit for ten minutes.
2. Oil a wooden spoon with vegetable oil and use it to mix:
2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon salt
Add the yeast water from the 1st step. Mix until a soft dough is formed.
3. Cover and place in a warm area for approximately 1 1/2 hours, or until the mixture has doubled in size.
4. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.
5. Use a tablespoon to drop the dough into the hot oil and cook until golden brown, turning as necessary to make sure the morsels brown evenly.
6. As you are waiting for the oil to heat, mix:
3 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Place the mixture into a saucepan and cook over low heat, bringing it to a boil and allowing it to become a syrup-like texture. This takes about fifteen minutes.
7. Once the fried dough has drained and cooled, drizzle the syrup mixture over the donut holes and enjoy!
Explore the World of Donuts
These recipes are only two of the many varieties of donuts from around the world. You can delight your family by doing a search and making a different donut each month.
Try these Indian Jalebis that resemble funnel cakes next. Take time to discover different cultures while you enjoy these tasty treats for a fun family bonding activity.
For the best donuts in the United States, check out our online donut shop locator to find a Shipley Do-Nut shop near you.
With 190 locations to choose from, there is bound to be one just a short trip away.