Tuesday, February 21, 2012
On my last trip to Colombia I discovered that Dunkin Donuts is a hugely popular spot in Bogotá's El Dorado Airport. I grew up with Dunkin, so even if my tastes these days tend towards the intensely flavorful, puffy doughnut wonders from Dough in Brooklyn, I still have a good bit of nostalgia for good ol' DD. The thing about the Dunkin Donuts shops in Colombia is that they are a veritable playground of highly processed donut goodness mixed with local flavor--think donuts in arequipe (a Colombian caramel spread similar to dulce de leche), mora (Andean blackberry), guayaba (guava) and arequipe (a caramel spread similar to dulce de leche). They have a donut called the "dunkin" that even has a little handle presumably for dunkin' action.
On our various inter-Colombia flights I gazed somewhat longingly in the direction of the mini Dunkin Donuts kiosks. Alas, there wasn't time to stop, so I saved up my trip for our long layover before our return trip when we nabbed an arequipe and a mora donut. This proved to be a poor choice because of the hour. I should have realized that a donut bought at 9:00pm in a non-baking location would not be as fresh as it should be. The arequipe held up better than the mora.
If all this donut talk has you longing for some fried delights closer to homecheck out these recent recipes I posted for Maple Bacon Long Johns and Pączki for some make-your-own donut madness.