I love Doughnuts. You may be thinking, “who doesn’t?” But I know someone who doesn’t. And she’s crazy. Because really, doughnuts are incredible. But the doughnuts history is a sorted one. There is a theory that doughnuts were introduced into North America by Dutch settlers, who were responsible for popularizing other American desserts. And in the 19th century, doughnuts were sometimes referred to as a kind of oil cake or “olykoek” as the Dutch called it. An American named Hansen Gregory, though, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847. Gregory, aboard a lime-trading ship, hated the greasiness of doughnuts twisted into shapes, as well as the raw center of regular doughnuts. He claimed to have punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship’s tin pepper box and later taught the technique to his mother.
There are so many places you can go these days to get a doughnut. Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the most popular. But you can also find delicious little rings at Winchell’s, Krispy Kreme and your neighborhood shop. Krispy Kreme is one of those love it or hate it places as well. Their doughnuts are sweeter and tend to do a little melting in your mouth. Most people like the “cakeiness” of doughnuts. I love them anyway they come. So, whether you are eating a ring-shaped or twisted doughnut that is frosted, glazed, powdered, cream filled, jelly filled or covered in chocolate and maple the doughnut is amazing.
So, celebrate the Doughnuts birthday with a big, warm, yummy sweet cake.