”You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy donuts, and that’s kinda the same thing.”
We couldn’t agree more, especially if those donuts are filled with delicious crème. These delightful confections are popular in every venue, and a quick way to win the adoration of your workmates is by bringing in a couple dozen to lighten the mood. Creme Filled Donut Day celebrates these delicious treats and their most excellent of innovations, crème filling. What will you fill your donut with?
History of Creme-Filled Donut Day
The history of Creme-Filled Donut Day is, unsurprisingly, the history of the donut. The concept of a fried bread ring isn’t in any way new, but if you’re looking for the earliest version of what we call donuts you’ll find your way to New Amsterdam in the New World. Don’t know where that is? It’s a bit like Constantinople, which we now know as Istanbul. New Amsterdam, of course, is New York City! The Settlers from Denmark had a cake known rather unappetizingly as “oil cake”, or “olykoek”.
In 1803 a cookbook was published that contained donuts, and it didn’t take long for it to become the delicious treat we know today. Donuts have a reputation as a singularly American food, in spite of its Dutch origins. The ring shape that we all know and love came into being when Hanson Gregory, working on a lime-trading ship, punched a hole in the traditionally dense donut (They were braided or simply a round small loaf at the time, leaving the center doughy and the exterior greasy) and fried it. The light flavor and fluffy texture of the cooked dough were exactly what he was looking for and afterward taught it to his mother.
Being a clever lass, Elizabeth Gregory made a delightfully savory donut with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon rind, and then filled the center with a mixture of hazelnuts or walnuts to replace the missing dough. While the person who decided that crème would make a delightful filling isn’t recorded, we do know that it all started here with Elizabeth Gregory and her idea of filling donuts.
How to Celebrate Creme-Filled Donut Day
The easiest way to celebrate Creme-Filled Donut Day is by bringing in a big order of donuts to your work or school, everyone will be sure to appreciate them! If you’re feeling really adventurous you can even try making your own donuts, it’s not a feat for the faint of heart. Ok, actually it’s pretty easy, it just requires making a donut mix and deep frying it. Once it’s reached a nice golden brown you just take a pastry funnel and fill it with whatever your heart desires! We suggest banana cream!