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Happy National Donut Day!
November 5 is one of two National Doughnut Days observed by doughnut lovers across the nation. The first Friday in June is the other day doughnuts are celebrated!
So here’s a little donut history thanks to nationaldaycalender.com
The history of the doughnut is disputed:
One theory suggests Dutch settlers brought doughnuts to North America much like they brought other traditional American desserts including cookies, apple pie, cream pie and cobbler.
An American, Hanson Gregory, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847 while on board a lime-trading ship at the age of 16. According to Gregory, he punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship’s tin pepper box and later taught the technique to his mother.
Anthropologist Paul R Mullins states the first cookbook mentioning doughnuts was an 1803 English volume which included doughnuts in an appendix of American recipes.
An 1808 short story describing a spread of “fire-cakes and dough-nuts” is the earliest known recorded usage of the term doughnut.
A more commonly cited first written recording of the word is Washington Irving’s reference to doughnuts in 1809 in his History of New York. He described balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat and called doughnuts. Today, these nuts of fried dough are called doughnut holes.
Donut versus Doughnut
Print ads for cake and glazed donuts and doughnuts existed from at least 1896 in the United States.
Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa, written by George W. Peck and published in 1900, contained the first known printed use of donut. In it, a character is quoted as saying, “Pa said he guessed he hadn’t got much appetite and he would just drink a cup of coffee and eat a donut.”
In 1919, the Square Donut Company of America was founded, offering an easier to package product.
The more traditional spelling is doughnut. However, both doughnut and donut are pervasive in American English.
To celebrate the donut, I made a visit to The Salty Donut, Miami’s first artisanal donut shop. According to their website, it was founded by Andy Rodriguez & Amanda Pizarro in 2015. After a year of recipe creation and concept development, they launched a pop-up shop out of their 1950’s Aljoa camper just across the street from what is now their shop in Wynwood. They were only open 3 days a week, and had a whopping total of 5 employees (including the 2 owners). A year later they went from popup - to their brick & mortar store, 40 employees, and have just announced a second store in South Miami. Can’t wait!