On February 25, CafeMom, a blog for mothers and mothers-to-be, in response to Bon Appetit's, renowned food magazine, list of the "Top 10 Best Places for Donuts" in the United States scoured the web to find the world's best "doughnuts".
Certain ingredients come to mind when thinking about donuts, flour, milk, eggs, oil and definitely sugar; however the recipes that made it on CafeMom's list will make you redefine the dough in your donut with bacon, lentils, pumpkin, rum and even popcorn.
Here is a complete list with recipes or sites to purchase and view the doughy creations:
Bacon-encrusted, Maple-glazed Doughnut: http://teddycarrollphotography.com/wordpress/
Pumpkin Pie Brioche Doughnut: http://daydreamerdesserts.blogspot.com/2009/11/pumpkin-pie-brioche-doughnuts.html
Spiced Rum Cream Filled Doughnuts: http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/01/spiced-rum-cream-filled-donuts.html
Fresh Huckleberry Doughnuts with Meyer lemon curd cream from Universal Café in San Francisco, also known for their Pumpkin doughnuts with brandied fruit mascarpone. http://www.nosaladasameal.com/2008/11/universal-cafe-san-francisco.html
Orange-Spiced Doughnuts (adapted from chef Jaime Oliver's recipe): http://mealsathome.blogspot.com/2010/02/jamie-olivers-orange-spiced-doughnuts.html
Bombolini alla Nutella (lightly fried pillows stuffed with Nutella): http://www.bellalimento.com/2009/12/01/bombolini-alla-nutella-nutella-filled-doughnuts
Apple Cider Doughnut Holes (CafeMom's own recipe): http://www.cafemom.com/dailybuzz/food_party/7893/Fall_Recipes_Apple_Cider_Doughnuts
Elvis Doughnut (bacon and fresh banana on top of a peanut butter glaze donut): http://taylortakesataste.com/the-elvis-doughnut-athens-ga
Caramel Corn Donut (a play on Johnny Iuzzini's, acclaimed pastry chef, deep-fried chocolate ganache "doughnut" from his book Dessert Fourplay): http://www.playingwithfireandwater.com/foodplay/2009/09/caramel-corn-donut.html
Vadas are savory lentil doughnuts from India, made with lentils, onions, chili, and curry leaves: http://spicyandhra.org/2007/12/06/delectable-savoury-doughnuts/
And, CafeMom ends the list with a new trend in donuts - cereal topped: The Bacon Maple Bar; Cake Doughnut with Sprinkles; Triple Chocolate Penetration with Cocoa-Puffs; Fruit Loops with White Frosting all from VoodooDoughnut.com: http://voodoodoughnut.com/menu.php