As usual, the week went by. Thursday is one of my favourite days of the week. Can't exactly explain why. Probably good things happen on this day of the week. Yeah, I was born on a Thursday.
There's nothing to special about today. It's one of those quiet Thursdays that came and went without anyone noticing. And I was searching for a topic to post on. I dug through my photos on the laptop and found the familiar picture of a doughnut.
When I was in Singapore, I worked as a sales assistant in a doughnut shop for a few months. My Japanese boss Mr Takiue brought in the mini-doughnut machine from USA. Just a trivial fact, the actual cost of importing the machine is more than the machine itself. I didn't have a picture of the machine now but I did capture one of the sugared doughnuts.
For those who do not know, there was a huge doughnut craze in Singapore between 2006 to 2007. I'm not sure when people got tired of eating doughnuts but I know the doughnut shops were not doing well in 2008. Can you imagine queues outside doughnut shops and some will tell you that they had been queueing for almost 3 hours to get a box of doughnuts from one of those famous doughnut shops? You wouldn't believe it unless you witness it yourself. What a craze!
Back to Mr Takiue's shop, where everything is tiny. The doughnuts were a mere 4cm across. And the entire process of frying the doughnuts are (almost) automated. Technology creates wonders! Most people were queueing for almost 20 minutes on weekends just to try those mini doughnuts.
How I remembered them: Small, Crispy and gone in one gulp!
When I think about doughnuts, those lovely jam doughnuts worth 17p each in Tesco's came to my mind. You couldn't imagine how those small round doughnuts fill me up for such a low cost. Those jam doughnuts that we made in my Bakery School were usually sold out in less than 2 hours!
How I remembered them: Raspberry Jam adds the extra zing to an otherwise soft yummy doughnut!
All the way here in Croatia, we are happy with our much larger Krafna (Croatian for Doughnuts). It's not hard to find them as all bakeries in Croatia sell Krafna. It can be filled with apricot jam or Chocolate and even custard. No, you don't have to be early to get a doughnut.
How I remembered them: Chocolate filled Krafna is the best.. but the Chocolate can be some cheap Nutella imitation of pay more for the real thing. Apricot jam krafna just doesn't have the oompf. And the pudding in the doughnut is plain boring.
During my trips to France, I would never miss out the Beignets (French doughnuts and also for anything fried). The French Beignets do remind me more of the English dougnuts. And of course, Chocolate-filled Beignets are the most popular.
How I remembered them: Fresh, soft and wonderful amount of Chocolate. Heavenly!!!
And of course who can miss out an American donut? On my last trip to San Francisco, I couldn't resist not stepping into a donut shop to grab a yummy chocolate coated donut. Back in 1999, it costs me more than USD1. I wonder how much it is now? But the American donuts have the largest variety for the toppings. I was totally spoilt for choice!
How I remembered them: Hole in the centre donuts are much lighter in taste. And chocolate coating is wonderful!!!
Have I made you crave for a Doughnut yet?