Krispy Kreme's Birthday = Panini Press Doughnut Sandwiches

What's, sweet, pillow-y, vanilla-scented, and nearly impossible to resist? (Hint: It's not a hug from your Grandma.) It's Winston-Salem's most renowned confection, the Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut, which turns 75 today. It may well be the South's hottest 75-year old, and is not afraid to proclaim it on neon signs.

Krispy Kreme

In honor of the big occasion, we felt obliged to put our spin on the classic. Once you taste a Krispy Kreme flattened on a panini press, the sugar glaze all bubbly and caramelized, you may agree that more can indeed be better. Our test kitchen started with just a single plain doughnut on the press, cooking it for about 30 seconds. It looked like a manhole cover, tasted like heaven.

Then we upped the ante to sandwiches of 2 doughnuts with a filling in the middle. From "Southern Charm" (cream cheese and pepper jelly) to "The Flat Elvis" (banana and peanut butter), the sky's the limit when filling a Krispy Kreme panini. To see photos of our favorites combinations, go to our Test Kitchen's blog, Eating Our Words.

What would you put in a Krispy Kreme Panini?

Southern Living July 2012

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