If bread is a worldwide staple, then fried bread must be the world’s most universal treat. In North America, the fried bread that we enjoy the most is a donut. Whether they come from Dunkin Donuts or from the artisan, organic, gluten-free bakery down the street, donuts are enjoyed all over the continent.
What people might not know is that every culture around the world has their own unique type of donut. We’ve done a convenient round up of these deep-fried delights. Take a look to see which kind of donut you should try next.
As a New Orleans staple, beignets are the alternate type of donut most familiar to Americans. Beignets originated in France, and were brought to America by Acadian settlers, who came to Louisiana via Atlantic Canada. Beignets are square pockets of dough that are deep fried, and served plain under a mountain of icing sugar.
Most visitors to New Orleans head straight to Cafe Du Monde to get their beignet fix, which is a great choice if you’re willing to wait in line. Beignets are amazing on their own, but taste even better alongside a café au lait — made with authentic Louisiana chicory coffee, of course.