Every Christmas my French Canadian mother-in-law used to make donuts just like the ones in this photo which we’d all scramble for. It seems that donuts have been a Christmas tradition in many cultures.
“Different takes on doughnuts are to be found on every Italian table during Christmas festivities,” says food writer Eleonora Galasso, whose first cookbook As the Romans Do will be published in 2016. “They’re called different names in each of the 20 regions: roccocò in Naples, cuddureddi in Sicily, torcetti in Piedmont, ciambelline al vino in Rome. In the different shape of these doughnuts you can find both Pagan and Christian symbols.” Katy Salter (The Trendiest Festive Snack in Town).
Although I try to avoid eating donuts because of their fat and calorie content I love donuts. There’s something comforting about them.
In The Donut Book Sally Levitt Steinberg has this to say:
(Donuts) are part of American symbol although they are eaten in India as well as Indiana.
They are part of American history.
Here are some interesting doughnut facts:
Archaeologists have found fossilized remains of what seem to be doughnuts from prehistoric American settlements.
America consumes over ten billion doughnuts each year.
Are You Kidding!
For more fun doughnut facts click here.
Then, there’s the spelling of donut or is it doughnut?
… the mid-1800s when Elizabeth Gregory, the mother of a sea captain out of New England, decided to tuck a few walnuts or hazelnuts in the center of the treats she packed for his voyages. The term “dough nuts” was born.” (David A. Taylor Smithsonian Magazine).
AND at Grammarist.com
The dictionary-approved spelling for the ring-shaped cake made of dough and fried in fat is doughnut. The shortened donut has been around since the late 1800s, but it wasn’t popularized until the late 20th century, when the successful American doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts made it ubiquitous. Today, writers outside the U.S. still favor doughnut by a wide margin. Donut appears about a third of the time in published American writing.
What are your thoughts about donuts? Do you have a love/hate relationship with them? Do you have them as part of your Christmas tradition?
A novel about more than donuts….