Q:

Where did doughnuts originate?

A:

Quick Answer

The exact origin of doughnuts is unknown, but credit has been given to the Dutch in the early 19th century, American Hansen Gregory in 1847 and the wife of Baroness Elizabeth Dimsdale around 1800. Doughnuts are fried dough pastries that can be shaped in the form of rings, balls known as "holes," or spheres filled with cream or fruit.

Know More
Where did doughnuts originate?
Credit: Roy Ooms All Canada Photos Getty Images

Full Answer

The concept of fried dough can be found in many different cultures. One theory related to the origin of the donut comes from Dutch records. The Dutch made "olykoeks." or oilcakes, which were balls of cake dough fried in pork fat, then filled with nuts or fruit. When they immigrated to the American colonies, the Dutch brought their olykoek tradition with them. They were then developed into the ring-shaped doughnut by Hansen Gregory aboard a ship in 1847. Gregory punched a hole in the center of the ball to remove the center, which was often left uncooked.

In 2013, an American food historian discovered a recipe more than 200 years old. The recipe for the "dow nut" was found in in a cookbook by the British Baroness Elizabeth Dimsdale, and was most likely written between 1800 and 1808. As of 2014, her recipe is considered to be the oldest doughnut recipe.

The origin of the word "doughnut" is also unknown. Its first recorded use is in 1809 in "A history of New York" by Washington Irving.

Learn more about Bread

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How is a bread poultice made?

    A:

    A bread poultice is made by mashing any type of bread into a liquid, usually milk, until the bread is fully soaked. It is a popular homemade remedy against infections, boils and the removal of foreign matter, such as splinters.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a quick and easy biscuit recipe?

    A:

    To make biscuits, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, buttermilk, shortening, butter and salt together in a large bowl, and mix to combine the ingredients. Place spoonfuls of the dough on a baking pan, and cook at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the recipe for pizza dough?

    A:

    A basic recipe for pizza dough calls for bread flour, sugar, yeast, salt, olive oil and water, according to Food Network's Bobby Flay. Alternately, all-purpose flour can be used instead of bread flour for a chewier crust.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is an easy breakfast pizza recipe?

    A:

    To make breakfast pizza, place scrambled eggs, diced tomato, cheese and Italian seasoning on a precooked pizza crust, and bake the pizza at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for eight to 10 minutes. Additional toppings, such as cooked bacon, can also be used to make breakfast pizza.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore