Coming up with this recipe was a bit of an adventure.
I had JUST finished developing “More Than Poutine”. We had made our big "buy all of the source material" trip home to Winnipeg.
All of the recipes were developed, tested, edited, and ready to go.
... and then I got a last minute request for a recipe for Persian buns - a Thunder Bay thing.
The Frosting Mystery
I was told that this doughnut is HUGE there - in stores, at school cafeterias, as fundraisers, and with expats bringing cases of them after visiting home.
I’ll be honest, I almost said no. The finish line was RIGHT in sight, and really... I’d never had one, I’d never even heard of one. Doing a recipe for it was going to be an *undertaking*.
Well, the person requesting it told me that there was a TON of debate about whether it's strawberries or raspberries in the frosting, and that the flavour is largely seen as a mystery.
Well, that's all I needed to hear - challenge accepted!
Remember the whole Fairy Godmother Project? That started with one word - “Impossible”.
Anyway, I told my husband that I had to go back to Canada for the book... and we drove the 7ish hours each way - across the border - to buy a doughnut.
Life is fun! 🙂
What is a Persian Roll
Persians are basically a deep fried, slightly-flattened cinnamon roll, frosted with a signature frosting.
Other than that, I am staying true to the source material flavouring, which lists "apple raspberry jam" on the ingredients label. Feel free to play around with using fresh or frozen raspberries in place of the jam.
Frosting for Persians
No mystery to tackle, after all - it was a combo of raspberry and apple. Oops.
The mystery of the Persians Frosting Flavour may have been a letdown, but it wasn’t the only bit of culinary drama we had with coming up with this recipe. There’s also the matter of “Authentic vs Tasty”.
Authentic Persian Frosting
The authentic recipe for Persian roll frosting is based with shortening. There’s no butter at all in the real thing. If you want this to be authentic, you're going to need to use vegetable shortening.
I'm really not a fan of shortening-based frosting, though... so consider my recipe an upgrade!
Butter. Real butter. That’s it, that’s the key to seriously upgrading the original frosting.
Using butter instead of shortening in your frosting not only improves the flavour, it also improves the texture.
So, when we were asked to do this recipe for More Than Poutine, not a lot of info was provided.
When we went up to Thunder Bay, we thought we were just buying a doughnut... and therefore did not ask for further information on how to serve it.
I was shocked to hear that they’re not always eaten like you would think you’d eat something that looks like that!
Apparently you’re supposed to slice them in half and toast them, before then frosting them. I suppose that would explain why the little buckets of frosting were sold separately, huh?
Sandra says that you just use a normal toaster oven, “Lots of surface area that way!”. No butter, just frosting.
We’re definitely going to have to try that, next time I make a batch!
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