Friday, March 02, 2007

origin of the dough torus

Turns out, the word "doughnut" came from observing actual balls of dough, what today are called doughnut holes, because they resembled dough "nuts" in the sense that they resembled a chestnut or a walnut.

What today we call doughnuts should really be called dough-tori or dough-washers, i think... unless they're hexagonal, which some are, in which case i'd still call 'em doughnuts. But where is the dough bolt? or the dough circular saw? or the dough thermal lance? I mean, wouldn't it be nice to have a truly hardware-inspired pastry that you could imagine using to cut apart a railroad bridge?


Blogger Mike Larkin said...

I agree. Though, something that also strikes a minor chord with me is the term "doughnut hole" when referring to what, according to your research, are really original doughnuts.

We've been duped!

"Doughnut hole" is supposed to refer to the stuff that would normally fill the hole of a modern doughnut. However, I seriously doubt that there is a machine that punched out holes from round cakes to make doughnuts and doughnut holes, and separates the two into different bins.

I think that people just use old doughnut making machines to make doughnut holes, and this is completely separate from the modern doughnut production sequence.

The truth is out there. Bring milk.

3/20/2007 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger mike said...

I am guessing that back in the day when someone said they were making dough-nuts, they were rolling dough into a small ball similar to the shape of a walnut or chestnut, you know, with their hands. Whether or not they were Schweaty is another story.

3/22/2007 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Just one scenario. A poverty stricken childhood led to a myriad of homemade items--pizza, clothing, barbie-doll clothing, Christmas tree ornaments, and ... doughnuts. We made them by cutting out a large circle w/ a cup (no cookie-cutters here people, improvise!), and then by cutting out a smaller circle w/ a bottle cap. Thus, doughnuts and doughnut holes. Whether this is the mass-production method, I'm not sure. I assume doughnut-making enterprises are a bit more sophisticated than cups and bottle caps, but who knows!

What I want to know is how we bacame lazy enough to spell it "donuts." Was this on purpose? Was this the name of a doughnut business that caught on? Did it maybe just slowly happen this way?

At any rate, I take mine glazed and straight from the fryer (with pickles...biatch!).

4/28/2007 12:39:00 PM  

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