Persian (roll)

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Type Pastry
Place of origin Canada
Region or state Thunder Bay
Main ingredients Pastry dough, icing
Cookbook:Persian  Persian

A Persian is an oval-shaped, cinnamon-bun-like sweet roll with a sweet, pink icing made of either raspberries or strawberries. While claimed to have originated in and remaining exclusive to the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Persian doughnuts are commonly available in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.[1]


Traditional lore is that the Persian was named for U.S. general John 'Blackjack' Pershing[2] but the exact date of its inception and circumstances of its creation are no longer known, giving rise to competing claims and myths among people in the region. Its recipe remains a general secret with long-running debates on whether the icing contains raspberries or strawberries. Persians are often used as fundraising items to be sold at schools, churches, shopping malls, and other social events. [3]