Only a handful of foods have remained as prominent in American culture as the doughnut. Widely celebrated as a staple of breakfast delights, one can enjoy a doughnut at any time of the day. Here are some facts that you might not know about these insatiable sweets:
The Origin of Doughnuts
The earliest known report of doughnuts in America came from Dutch settlers in the 1700s introducing their olykoek, or “oil cake,” that is considered the grandfather of the modern-day doughnut. Later in the 19th century, recipes for homemade doughnuts began to appear in cookbooks. But it wasn’t until WWI where doughnuts would find prominence in the trenches of France, where American soldiers were served doughnuts via rations. After the war, the delicious treat exploded in popularity, with bakeries now making dozens of fresh doughnuts each morning.
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Types of Doughnuts
- Frosted: The most popular of doughnuts, it’s often glazed with chocolate or strawberry icing.
- Old-fashioned: A classic style where it’s crunchy on the outside, soft and cakey on the inside.
- Jelly/ Cream-filled: A doughnut with a happy surprise stuffed inside of either jelly, custard, or cream.
- Cinnamon Twist: A long pastry that’s hand twisted and usually covered with cinnamon.
- Cruller: A hand twisted pastry with a light and fluffy texture like maple bars.
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