A touton (pronounced tau-tin)) is a type of traditional pancake commonly made in Newfoundland, produced by frying bread dough on a pan with butter or pork fat.[1] Typically, the touton is served with dark molasses or corn syrup.

A touton is a piece of fried bread dough. While that may not seem particularly appealing, it is an age old culinary tradition in Newfoundland whose virtues are universally enjoyed by all who have known it. A crispy outside and a tender slightly chewy inside make them very texturally appealing which has accounted for a large part of their long-time popularity.

Toutons are traditionally considered a breakfast or brunch item and can still be found quite commonly on the breakfast menus of many local restaurants. It is much rarer to find them cooked in fatback pork as modern day dietary considerations have seen an evolution to more healthy fats. The toutons found in Newfoundland restaurants are more likely fried in a combination of olive oil, clarified butter, and/or canola oil. The other very traditional accompaniment to toutons, still very much appreciated by purists, is a drizzle of molasses. A pat of butter melting over the top is a tasty indulgence as well.

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