Americans are passionate about donuts. So much so that we set aside not one, but TWO days a year to celebrate these delightful delicacies. One observance of National Doughnut Day or National Donut Day is November 5 is National Donut Day and the other is the first Friday in June.
Did you know that donuts haven’t always been ring shaped? Originally they were small cakes, or sometimes long strips strips of dough that were bent and then twisted before frying.
There is much discrepancy as to why donuts have a hole in the center, but there are a couple of theories. One is that the hole prevented a doughy center by allowing the cake to cook more evenly while keeping the cake from burning on the outside.
Another hypothesis is connected to marketing. Many merchants displayed bagels stacked on wooden dowels or hung on ropes. It is thought that maybe donut vendors meant to do the same.
Anyway, in honor of National Donut Day, whether you spell it “doughnut” or “donut” or celebrate it in November or June, or like yours baked or fried, I thought I’d round up a few yummy recipes for you to try at home.
- Buttermilk Doughnuts with Cherry Glaze
- Funfetti Baked Donut Recipe
- Chocolate Glazed Baked Donuts Recipe
- Jelly Bean Donuts
- Baked Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Frosting
- Baked Nutella Donuts
- Spiced Banana Donut Holes #doughnutweek
- Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake Donuts
- Ghirardelli Cookie Dough Stuffed Donut Holes and Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Planning a roadtrip? Check out this list of must-not-miss donut shops across the United States!
You might also be interested in our very own recipe for Baked Carrot Cake Donuts. These bites of heaven are served up with cream cheese frosting which make them a no brainer in my book. And the fact that they contain the word “baked” in the name will make you feel a little better about eating them.