Jun 03, 2011

Sweet Origins – DOUGHNUTS! {Happy National Doughnut Day}

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins

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Today is National Doughnut Day.  And to celebrate, we are doing a “Sweet Origins” about doughnuts.  Have you ever thought about where doughnuts are from?  Rumor is that in Holland and Germany, cooks would drop extra dough into boiling oil and make fry-cakes, or olie-koecken.  The Dutch liked their leftovers to be a little fancier and would shape them into decorative knots called dough knots and roll them in sugar afterwards. The Dutch are said to be responsible for bringing doughnuts to America.  The ring shaped doughnut was created in 1847 by Captain Hansen Crockett Gregory.  One theory claims that he was dissatisfied with the greasiness of the knot shaped doughnuts and how soggy the center part always was so he poked a hole in the middle.  Pretty clever!

In France around 1917, Salvation Army “lassies” made doughnuts using whatever they could get their hands on to feed the soldiers.  They would put oil in the steel helmets of the soldiers, use left over flour and other ingredients on hand, and use a wine bottle as a rolling pin. In 1938, the Salvation Army created National Doughnut Day in Chicago as a fundraiser for the needy.  It was also to honor those women who fed doughnuts to our soldiers during WWI.  The holiday is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June.

Feel like rolling out your own dough-nuts for this holiday?  My favorite doughnut books are Lara Ferroni’s doughnut book {try the banana bread doughnuts} and Elinor Klivans’ donut book {try the potato donuts or chocolate hazelnut fritters}. Fun tip – Most doughnut chain stores give out free doughnuts today!

Photo Credits: 1) Martha Stewart 2) Bakerella Donuts 3) Cakes by Jeannie

Photo Credits: 1) Powdered Donuts 2) Twig & Thistle Via Style Me Pretty 3) Paper & Pigtails

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