June 8, 2012

National Jelly Filled Doughnut Day

"Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!" - Oscar Wilde

It's National Jelly Filled Doughnut Day!

I didn't really think that the jelly doughnut was a food primarily eaten stateside, but I guess I didn't realize that so many other cultures ate them. For example, Israel has the sufganiyot, Austria the krapfen, Germany the berliner, Poland the pączki, Russia the ponchik, Italy the bomboloni. And they're all basically the same thing: a ball of dough that is deep-fried then injected with a filling (jelly or custard) and topped with powdered sugar.

But where does our doughnut come from? There's quite the debate about the history of the doughnut in the States. But many agree that it was most likely Dutch settlers in the 18th or 19th century that gave them to us via their "olykoek," which is the Dutch word for an "oil cake."

And now you're (sort of) all the wiser, foodies.

In the words of the great Homer Simpson: "Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?"

Wherever they come from... today is the day to celebrate their existence!

Happy National Jelly Filled Doughnut Day!