Why You Should Be Grilling Your Doughnuts This Summer

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Any day can be Doughnut Day if you try hard enough. Honestly though, I love any opportunity to talk about doughnuts, and would like to use this holiday to bring awareness to my favourite summer dessert: grilled doughnuts.

It may sound like I’ve gone too far, but hear me out. Similar to grilling fruit, grilling a doughnut does all sorts of wonderful things to the sugar – namely, caramelization.

You get a pastry that is practically brûléed, with deep, toasted-sugar flavours that go far beyond “sweet.” Just toss a doughnut (preferably plain glazed) on a (well-oiled) grill, let the flames do their thing for 30 seconds or so, flip to get the other side, and serve.

Grilled doughnuts are perfectly delicious on their own, but I wouldn’t fault you for creating some sort of shortcake situation with whipped cream and fresh berries. Grilled doughnuts also make a beyond breakfast sandwich, but be warned, for it is a morning meal for a mighty warrior.