For Friday: It’s National Doughnut Day

June 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

A rack of yeast doughnuts

Doughnut Plant: A rack of yeast doughnuts

In case you weren’t aware, today, Friday, June 7, 2013, there is cause to celebrate. The reason?  It’s National Doughnut Day.  Really.

According to Wikipedia:

National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a. “donut”) – an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day.

So, it seems that there is even a charitable origin to this national day (and where there’s food, there’s the French).  Indulge and feel good about it.

I live in the Lower East Side, a mere few blocks from one of the best doughnut spots in town, the Doughnut Plant.  They make doughnut-making an art.  My favorites, and no, it’s not easy to choose, are Coconut Cream and Creme Brulee (both filled, both beyond delicious).  I first wrote about the Doughnut Plant in 2010.  Back then, cupcakes were still the rage and doughnuts were not considered an artisinal treat.  Today, you’ll find Dough each weekend at the Brooklyn Flea, and at the Doughnut Plant there are still lines out the door most weekends, but they’ve expanded, taking over the space next door to make room for some actual seating, and they’ve also gone “cash only.”

In a fascinating culinary twist, less than a month ago, the doughnut category expanded here in New York: there is now such a thing as a “Cronut” and the associated “Cronut Mania.” Eater has gone as far as declaring this the “Summer of the Cronut.”  For those not yet attune to the latest craze, a Cronut is a hybrid croissant-donut, and it was created by Dominique Ansel of the Domenique Ansel Bakery in Soho.  All of this hype and success was not due to lack of effort; Dominique Ansel spent over two months testing out 10 recipes before deciding on the magic mix.  And, it turns out that Cronut creation a slow process; hence the long lines and customers pay $5 per Cronut and being limited to an order of six.  Buzzfeed details the exacting process using Vine videos.  On “Live With Kelly and Michael,” Kelly Ripa opined, “It’s the best thing I’ve ever eaten,” and on “TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda,” Kathie Lee Gifford, in between bites, said, “Let’s just live here for a moment,” which will no doubt further feed the frenzy among a certain audience.  This craze has grown so rapidly, so quickly, that it has already spawned knock-offs.  Our passion for the perfect sweet-treat is seemingly endless.

So, on this day, National Donut Day, pick your poison, whether it be a Doughnut Plant Doughnut of the Day, a Cronut (you can always pay someone to stand in line for you), a Dunkin’ Donuts Maple Frosted, a Krispy Kreme Classic Glazed or half-a-dozen Tim Hortons Timbits (my nieces love them and I’ve got to plug this Canadian brand slowing invading the U.S., even as Canadians are apparently slightly jealous that they’ve not yet adopted this day as the ode to the donut).

American, Canadian, French … eat and enjoy!

Buzzfeed: Domenique Ansel's Cronuts

Image Source: Image by Macey J. Foronda/Buzzfeed, Cronuts

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