Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Birth of the Donut
Therefore June 22, 1847, would officially be the birth of the "donut hole" rather than the donut itself, and there is still considerable debate surrounding it.
A second version of the story states that "that Elizabeth Gregory made those olykoeks originally of two things—dough and nuts. That's how it got the name, at least in English. The dough was circular, and a nut was in the middle. The dough cooked around the nut; it wasn't like the nut was just stuck in a hole in the middle. So, the story goes, that Hanson Gregory, Elizabeth's son, requested that the nuts be taken out of them."
But of course many a baker will tell you that, a donut or doughnut, without anything in the middle, tends to cook faster and more evenly. So regardless of who put that hole in the donut, rest assured it's a good thing :)