TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Nov. 5 is one of two National Doughnut Days observed by doughnut lovers across the nation.
The other day dedicated to this delicious dough creation is the first Friday in June.
Where did doughnuts come from? The history is one people can’t seem to agree on.
One theory suggests Dutch settlers brought doughnuts to North America along with other traditional American desserts including cookies, apple pie, cream pie and cobbler.
Anthropologist Paul R Mullins states the first cookbook mentioning doughnuts was an 1803 English volume which included doughnuts in an appendix of American recipes.
The first recording of the word “doughnut” is in Washington Irving’s reference 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.
So which is it, donut or doughnut? The answer – both!
The more traditional spelling is doughnut. However, both doughnut and donut are commonly found in American English.
Let us know how you spell the sweet treat.