Friday, March 5, 2010

Donuts or Doughnuts or olykoeks?

 A doughnut or donut is a type of fried dough food popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet (or occasionally savory) snack.

When I was growing up, I loved walking down the dusty streets  to the grocery store/post office to get a few donuts that had been warming in the window, oh, just the thought gets my taste buds moving.

Have you ever thought about where donuts or doughnuts started?  Probably not, but this week I experimented a bit with making donuts and it made me wonder.  I did some quick research - so here is a VERY brief story on these delicious addicting treats.

According to Mr. Breakfast: Doughnuts have been around for centuries. Archaeologists turned up several petrified fried cakes with holes in the center in prehistoric ruins in the Southwestern United States. Later in the mid-19th century they were known as olykoeks, or oily cakes, and it's primarily the Dutch who are credited with taking sweet dough balls and frying them in pork fat. 
 Why is there a hole?  According to myths floating around, a New England sea captain named Hanson Gregory, around 1847 was eating some olykoek that his mom sent on one of his voyages. He couldn't figure out how to steer the boat AND eat his round cakes so he stuck one on a spoke of his wheel and tadaa!  

 Did you know that National Doughnut Day has been celebrated on the first Friday of June every year since 1938?

Okay, at this point, you're probably saying who cares so here is what I did. Not sure which we would really like or which would turn out the most yummy, I tried three different types of doughnuts.  If you want the recipes, click on the one you want to try and it will lead you to the right recipe.

  1. Boxed Bisquick mix donuts
  2. Homemade biscuits
  3. Yeast Type Raised Doughnuts
  4. Mary's Cake Donuts
Which one was our favorite?  The Yeast Type Raised Doughnuts won hands down, but they did like the others.  If you happen to attempt these, please come back and let me know how they turned out and which one you liked the best!


Anonymous said...

Now try some spudnuts!! They are made from potato flour and are the best. I grew up eating them in south Arkansas. YUM!YUM!

Lorie said...