National Donut Day: see why it is celebrated and learn the best homemade recipe

Like every first Friday in June, today June 5 is the National Donut Day, but what was the historical event that leads to its commemoration? See all the details here.

The first Friday in June is National Donut Day. The celebration consists of offering it along with other promotions, purchases or simply free, to people who go to certain branches that sell the product. But which is the origin of National Donut Day?

National Donut Day: see why it is celebrated 

It all goes back to the year of 1917, in the United States, when women volunteers distributed donuts to wounded soldiers of the First World War. Then, in 1938, the Salvation Army, in Chicago, was the one that declared the first Friday of June as the 'National Donut Day' and thus, help with the free feeding of soldiers at war.

Did you know that the first donuts were spherical, rather than ring-shaped? It is unclear exactly when the rings became popular, but, on his own, a New England sailor named Hanson Crockett Gregorio claims that he originated the idea.

Before, donuts were spherical, not rings.

As we said before, some places offer free donuts or donut offers to celebrate: Krispy Kreme is offering any free donut from June 1 to 5; Dunkin offers a free donut with any drink purchase, and Duck Donuts offers registered rewards members a free cinnamon sugar donut from June 5-7.
Do you want to celebrate National Donut Day, but without leaving your home? Here we leave you the recipe. You will need: 3 1/4 cup flour without baking powder (425-450 grams), 2 1/4 teaspoon of instant yeast (1 sachet), 6 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2/3 cup of whole milk, at room temperature, 2 beaten eggs, 6 tablespoons (85 grams) of butter at room temperature and oil for frying or butter.

National Donut Day: learn the best homemade recipe

How to make it:

  1. In a medium bowl mix 3 cups of flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Stir with a fork.
  2. In another bowl mix the milk and beaten eggs, mix well and start adding the flour mixture, stir vigorously with a wooden spoon. Then, add the butter 1 piece at a time and continue stirring / kneading until incorporating the 6 tablespoons. Add the remaining cup of flour in tablespoons, continue kneading until you get a smooth, but firm dough.
  3. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl. Cover with a clean cloth and place in a warm place so that it grows and doubles in size. It takes approximately 2 to 2 and a half hours.
  4. Clean the table and lightly flour. When the dough is 1 1/2 cm thick. Cut the donuts of the desired size (7 cm in diameter) and the centers.
  5. Place the donuts on a flour tray and cover with a clean cloth. Let it grow a second time, 30-45 minutes in a warm place.
  6. While heating butter or oil in a high-rimmed saucepan. Must reach a temperature of 375F or 190C. Fry little by little 1 minute per side until golden brown. They can use Chinese food sticks to turn them over. Take out and place on kitchen paper. Let cool 5-10 minutes before frosting.

Melanie Cossetti

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