Origin of Doughnuts By Khalia and Nathan

The word "Donut" is actually an American word that's short for Doughnut

Doughnuts are deep-fried cakes with a long European history and roots in still earlier Middle Eastern cuisine. They were introduced to America by the Dutch in New Netherlands to America when they ended in Manhattin

The doughnut “hole” becomes a relatively new invention, introduced in the mid 1800’s by Captain Hanson Gregory.

The history on doughnuts go back centuries. It was believed Ancient Rome and Greece, cooks strips of pastry dough and coat them with honey or fish sauce.

In the Medieval times, Arab cooks started frying up small portions of unsweetened yeast dough, drenching the plain fried blobs in sugary syrup to sweeten them. The fritters spread into northern Europe in the 1400’s and became popular throughout England, Germany and the Netherlands.

Doughnuts took on a patriotic resonance on the front lines of World War I, when female Salvation Army workers known as “Doughnut Girls” would fry and distribute doughnuts to the American soldiers fighting in France.

The doughnuts offered a taste of home to the soldiers, who became known as “Doughboys.” when millions of homesick American doughboys met millions of doughnuts in the trenches of France.

American doughnut culture was heavily influenced by the Jews, in some rather unexpected ways! A Jewish refugee from czarist Russian named Adolph Levitt is responsible for inventing the first automated doughnut machine in 1920. Thanks to Levitt, machine-produced doughnuts were labeled the “Hit Food of the Century of Progress” at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair.





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