Did you know that there is actually a National Donut Day? The Chicago Salvation Army created National Doughnut Day in 1938 to raise funds during the Great Depression. It was also to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers who prepared doughnuts and other foods for thousands of soldiers. It is celebrated the first Friday of June. Whether you spell it doughnuts or donuts, they are the perfect little treat with a steaming cup of coffee. The doughnut comes in so many varieties there is something for everyone. There are wonderful plain glazed yeast doughnuts, cake doughnuts, crème filled, chocolate glazed, nut sprinkled, fruit filled, and so many more to choose!! At a local doughnut shop, one could have a different one every day for more than a month. Whether you are a fan of one of the bigger chains, or a local artisan doughnut maker, today is the day to have one, or a dozen.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, home of the most wonderful plain glazed doughnuts, was founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1937. When I was growing up, my father could not pass a Krispy Kreme if the ‘HOT’ light was on, meaning the doughnuts were coming off the line fresh. There was just nothing else like standing in the store, watching the donuts making their way down the line with that fresh yeasty aroma in the air. Clear glass panels make it possible to watch the entire process. The doughnuts start at one end with a baker placing them on racks that move the donuts up and down inside a series of warmers to allow them to rise. Then they are dumped into a running river of hot oil for frying which keeps them moving onward. An automated bar flips them over, and then they are picked up to drain on a moving conveyor. Lastly, the conveyor takes them through a waterfall of glaze. Yum!! If you have never had a ‘hot’ Krispy Kreme, you have to add it to your bucket list. Come to NC on your vacation and see what I mean.
Much later into the market, Dunkin’ Donuts was founded in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1950. Offering a greater variety of donut flavor choices, they quickly gained a following. I like the chocolate crème filled donuts with powdered sugar, and the baked blueberry ones are good too.
I also enjoy reading, and there is a mystery series set in a small town with a doughnut shop. I confess from the outset that I was initially drawn to this series because it is set in my home state of North Carolina, but I quickly became a fan.
Recently divorced, donut aficionado Suzanne Hart opens Donut Hearts in her hometown of Angel Springs, North Carolina. As is true with most cozy series, the first murder occurs in connection with in the protagonist’s business as a body is dumped in front of her shop. This series has the requisite ex-husband and new love interest in law enforcement. The book has seven donut recipes along with Cheesy Chicken, Southern Peach cobbler, and a waffle recipe. There are six more in the series, with the seventh book due out later this year. All contain sweet treat recipes.
Suzanne Hart is once again drawn into investigating a murder when one of her lemon filled donuts is dusted with poison and eaten by the local busybody and charity foundation micromanager. The murder happens just as Suzanne is giving a presentation on making beignets on a charity home tour. Naturally, she is an instant suspect and is forced to investigate to clear her own name before the donut shop is doomed. Suzanne doesn’t get a lot of time with love interest, Jake, but there is just enough to make you want to get to the third book quick to see what happens. This is a sweet cozy series that contains more sugar rush recipes like basic beignets, deep fried cake squares, yeast donuts, and fried bananas.
And you can read on with the next books in the series.
Drop Dead Chocolate
Assault and Batter
Deep Fried Homicide
Happy Donut Day!!