The Invention of the Doughnut
By: M.P


Why is a doughnut called a "doughnut". Most doughnuts don't even have nuts in them. Well, it was in the mid-19th century when Elizabeth Gregory used to make excellent deep-fried dough. She cleverly used her son's (who was a ship captain's) spice cargo of cinnamon and nutmeg and some lemon rinds to make this excellent dough. Mrs. Gregory put hazelnuts or walnuts in the center in case the dough did not cook all the way through, and in a literal-minded way called them "doughnuts"

That story kind of leads to the theory that Elizabeth Gregory's son, Hanson Crockett Gregory, of Rockport, Maine, invented the doughnut with the hole in the middle. Some people say that he didn't like the nuts in his mother's doughnuts so he pushed them out.

Still, others say that one day he was in bad storm and he was eating one of his mother's doughnuts. He needed both hands on the wheel, so he stuck the doughnut on one of the spokes. No one knows the real story of how the doughnut with the hole in the middle was invented.


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