Happy National Donut Day!
Every first Friday in June, donut lovers all rise to celebrate a wonderful circle of sweet, doughy goodness that has a day set aside holey in its honor.
This year, mark your calendars for Friday, June 7, as the day America kicks back and enjoys a frosty one on National Donut Day 2013.
First observed during the depths of the Great Depression in the 1930’s, the Salvation Army called on the nation to celebrate the day in honor of the great women who had tirelessly served donuts to servicemen during World War I.
Today, those in the trenches at the office or the factory floor can also find comfort during their the 15-minute coffee break… accompanied by – what else? – the birthright of every true American. The donut.
The donut – a holey American food
Although its origins are shrouded in a storied history, the first ever written mention of the sweet treat was made in 1809 by American writer Washington Irving. In his famous History of New York, they were immortalized as “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts…”
Although some historians can trace the donut back to a similarly-fried dough ball prepared in Dutch New York colonial days, the donut stands on its own today as a thoroughly American invention (while remaining fairly envied by Canadians everywhere.)
How to celebrate National Donut Day
National Donut Day can be celebrated in any way you choose. As long as it’s glazed, powdered, or plain.
Colored sprinkles are extra festive on this hole-iest of holidays, or try mixing it up with head rush-inducing Bavarian or Boston Creme.
One of thousands of donut “Lassies”
who also served in World War I.
Meanwhile, watch for national donut chains Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme occupying battle stations on National Donut Day with competitive offers and free donuts to lure in customers in a celebratory mood.
In fact, the many and various ways to prepare donuts are limited only to your imagination. For purists, here’s a recipe for the plain donut that may be customized in any way you like.:
(NOTE: You’ll need a donut cutter and a deep fat fryer.)
How to make homemade donuts
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 quart oil for frying
1. Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Mix in melted butter until dry ingredients become crumbly.
4. Stir in milk and beaten egg.
5. Flour your hands and begin to knead the dough until firm and smooth.
6. Turn dough out onto a floured board and flatten down to 3/8 inch thickness.
7. Dust donut cutter with flour and press into the dough.
8. Slowly and carefully drop donuts into the hot oil and fry for about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
9. Drain on paper towels.
Helpful hint: For a quick topping, add granulated or powdered sugar to a brown paper bag. Add the donuts, close the top, and give the bag a good shake until donuts are thoroughly coated.
More about National Donut Day around the Web:
National Donut Day – Yes, the day has its own official site – featuring fun facts, information and history, an interactive US map where you can find participating donut shops celebrating the day, plus a tempting donut photo gallery and video.
National Donut Day – Wikipedia – Detailed history of the day with pictures and related resources.
National Donut Day! – Get your fill of fun facts and information, jokes, quotes, and more on the classic “doughnut” vs “donut” controversy.