National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day

A celebration for us, sweet tooth. National Doughnut Day is the day we appreciate all sorts of doughnuts from all around the world. A doughnut is one of the most delicious and sweetest desserts existed in this universe. The existence of a single doughnut can brighten up our life in every way possible.

Doughnut comes in different flavour and style, and it is a very common dessert during teatime. The fluffy dough, sweet coatings and creamy fillings make a bite of doughnut seem irresistible to any beholder and indescribable to the sweet-tooth cravers.

History of Doughnut

A doughnut is a fried flour dough that is sweetened by either sugar or various fillings. This ring-shaped dessert is well-loved by all dessert lover from all around the world. It can be made of multiple toppings and flavourings to sweeten the doughnut.

The doughnut was first mentioned in a book called A History of New York by Washington Irving’s in 1809. It was a Dutch dessert called olykoek or oily cake, a sweetened ball-shaped fried dough.

With the migration of Dutch settlers, the fried dough eventually became an American delicacy. Over time, the fried dough was innovated with different toppings and coatings to sweeten the flavour.

The ring-shaped doughnut was claimed to be invented by a 16-year-old American called Hanson Gregory in 1847. The greasiness and the raw centre of the ball-shaped doughnuts have been his concern in making one. To solve the problem, he was said to make a hole in the centre of dough using his punch and created a ring-shaped doughnut.

His mother, Elizabeth Gregory used the ring-shaped doughnut in her recipe and started to make a lot of ring-shaped doughnuts. The raw centre is now gone with a hole punched in. To avoid the raw centre, she came up with a solution by inserting fillings such as cinnamon and hazelnuts inside the dough. 

From that day onwards, she started making ring-shaped doughnuts and ball-shaped doughnuts with fillings. The word doughnut stems from the fact that Gregory used nuts as his first filling for the fried dough. 

Types of Doughnut

There are many types of doughnuts with different kind of fillings and coatings. Two of the most well-known are the ring-shaped doughnuts and filled doughnuts.

  • Ring-shaped doughnut

The ring-shaped doughnut is the one that most of us are familiar with today. You can find a variety of fried ring-shaped doughnut with different coatings in most bakeries and below are some of the examples:

    • Original Glazed Doughnut

This original glazed doughnut is the ultimate doughnut. With its fluffy and sweet dough glazed with sugar, this is a dessert you should try at least once in your life. Original glazed doughnut can be ordered from your nearest Krispy Kreme.

    • NESTUM® Doughnut

Do you love Nestum and doughnut? Why not have both in a single Nestum doughnut. The crunchiness of the Nestum and the softness of the fried dough complement each other in every bite that you take. Nestum doughnuts can be found in Kim’s Donuts.

  • Filled Doughnut

This doughnut is the best doughnut out there with desirable fillings. Every bite of this fluffy dough and creamy fillings can satisfy your sweet tooth craving and  below are some of the sweet examples:

    • Bomboloni

This is the local doughnut that has been the talk of the town this year. Creamy and mouth-watering, there is nothing to stop you from eating more and more of bomboloni. Bomboloni can be ordered from Bangi Big Donut.

    • Strawberry-Filled Doughnut

The best-filled doughnut ever! The sweet strawberry flavour and the chewy texture of the dough make a perfect combination for your evening tea time. Strawberry-filled doughnut can be ordered from your nearest Dunkin Donuts.

How to Celebrate National Doughnut Day

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with your loved ones by making a dozen of doughnuts. If you are not an avid baker, here is a recipe of glazed doughnut that will help you start rolling your first dough.


(For the doughnut)

  1. 2 cups of milk
  2. ¼ cup of sugar
  3. 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 10 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  6. 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  7. ½ tsp salt
  8. Frying oil

(For the glaze)

  1. 4 tbsp melted salted butter
  2. 1 tsp vanilla
  3. 3 cups of powder sugar
  4. ½ cup of milk


(Dough Preparations)

  1. Preheat the milk until it is slightly warm at 105’.
  2. Stir the warm milk with sugar.
  3. Add yeast and continue stirring the mixture.
  4. Let it rest in about 5 minutes.
  5. Add two beaten eggs and melted butter onto the bowl of yeast and continue to stir the mixtures.
  6. Slowly add some flour and salt while stirring the mixture.
  7. Stir for about 5 minutes and then let it rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Exchange the bowl into an oiled bowl and cover it with a plastic wrap.
  9. Refrigerate the dough overnight at least for 8 hours.

(Doughnut preparations)

  1. Remove the dough out of the fridge and place it on a floured surface.
  2. Use a doughnut cutter to shape the doughnuts.
  3. Put the doughnuts shaped dough on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Cover the finished doughnut for an hour until they rise and double in size.
  5. Preheat the oil up to 370’.
  6. Fry the doughnuts until it turns golden brown on both sides.

(Glaze preparations)

  1. Combine all the ingredients; 4 tbsp melted salted butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 3 cups of powder sugar and ½ cup of milk in a bowl.
  2. Mix the ingredients.
  3. Once the fried doughnuts are slightly cooled, dip them into the glaze mixtures.

Now, the glorious glazed doughnut can be enjoyed and shared with everyone around you. Happy National Doughnut Day!

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Article Written By Marcovy

Marcovy is a passionate writer who thinks life is about living to eat and enjoying it to the fullest. He wanted to explore the restaurants around Malaysia and the idea of documenting those food experiences was what inspired him to start writing food blog.

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