You’re probably familiar with this scene: you step into your favorite bakery, letting the aroma of freshly-made pastries waft around you. Ahead of you are gleaming glass cases filled with a variety of delicious donuts and treats. You do everything in your power to look around the crowd of hungry customers ahead of you to see if your favorite kind of donut is in stock (and you’re filled with elation when you find that yours is indeed there!). As you pay, your mouth waters with the anticipation of enjoying your beloved pastries, and you can barely keep yourself from ripping into the bag and devouring your treats before you even get back to your car.
Ahh, the donut. Who doesn’t love this delicious, doughy delight of a pastry? Iced, sprinkled, cream- or jelly-filled, glazed, or simple and plain, we love donuts of all shapes, sizes, and flavors! But where did this quintessentially American dessert come from? The history of your favorite breakfast pastry is a bit more convoluted than you might think!