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Are you brave enough to give some of these mashups a try?
Bianca Soldani

17 Jun 2016 - 4:34 PM  UPDATED 17 Jun 2016 - 5:12 PM

The world was this week introduced to the 'doughrito'. The ultra sugary, calorie-laden love child of a burrito and a doughnut.

Invented by Surfin' Donuts in California, it's being hailed as the ultimate hangover cure but we're not so sure it's a good idea. What we do know, however, is that it isn't the first, and most certainly won't be the last doughnut hybrid raising eyebrows around the world.

Here are 11 other interesting mashups you may not know existed:



Cannoli doughnut

This doughnut hybrid gives the tasty ricotta cream centre of a cannoli a new home outside of its traditional waffle shell. These sometimes come topped with candied fruit or chocolate drops to further replicate the famous Italian dessert.



Churro doughnut

Closer to a churro dog than a doughnut, this offering combines one of the cinnamon-dusted Spanish treats with a glazed doughnut bun. Whipped cream and caramel sauce are optional extras.




A macaron-doughnut mashup, this colourful combo is a staple at pastry chef Francois Payard's New York bakery, but Aussie cafe connoisseurs got to sample locally created versions at a pop-up shop in Melbourne just last week.



Bacon and egg doughnut roll

Just as we're familiarising ourselves with bacon pancakes, there's bacon and egg doughnuts, the ultimate savory and sweet mouthful.



Bagel doughnut

Bagels already look like doughnuts so this wasn't too much of a stretch. It replaces the more savory bagel bread with something a little more sweet while retaining typical toppings such as cream cheese and smoked salmon.




The ramnut is the dubious solution for those who dream of eating ramen with their hands. The moist creation is actually made from ramen noodles and can be stuffed with jelly or custard.



Taco doughnut

Another sweet and savoury combo, the taco doughnut is the brainchild of a Reddit user and involves a beef filled base topped with a queso glaze and finished with sour cream, guacamole, coriander and sriracha sauce.



Ice-cream sandwich doughnut

A classic mix, ice-cream sandwiches can be embellished with all sorts of toppings from cookie crumble to nuts and sprinkles, but work best when there isn't an ice-cream escaping hole in the centre of your treat.



Doughnut sundae

Different from the ice-cream sandwich, a doughnut sundae layers ice-cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and, of course, a glazed cherry on top of the ring rather than inside it.




This croissant-doughnut hybrid has been taking Australia by storm with its delicious flakiness. Different varieties come glazed, stuffed with custard and finished with fruit.




A similar mashup to the cronut, this melds a waffle recipe with the doughnut for some interesting results.


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Maple-glazed doughnuts with bacon

You can skip the bacon entirely here if you prefer but that salty, meaty crunch really does take these bad boys into another stratosphere of flavour altogether. (Be sure to use thinly sliced, streaky bacon here and avoid overly wet bacon; this makes all the difference in it cooking to ultimate crispness). Make smaller doughnuts if you like, too. You’ve got toast bread for a few mornings! 

Ghanaian drop doughnuts

Coarser sanding sugar is reminiscent of the beaches of Ghana, where these doughnuts are commonly found, but you can use any sugar you like, or serve with tropical fruit jam.

Date and walnut cake doughnuts

These nutty, date-filled doughnuts are the perfect treat to have alongside a cup of tea.

Portuguese doughnuts (bola de Berlim)

These Portuguese donuts are irresistible! The crème pâtissière is made with a generous amount of egg yolks resulting in a rich and luscious filling.