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The Official Dictionary Spelling of the word in question is “doughnut.” The expedited, simplified, Americanized spelling of “donut,” has been around since at least the late 19th century.
So, why the change? Dunkin’ Donuts seems to be responsible. The Massachusetts-based chain may be the reason for the popularity of the “Donut” spelling.
Baked Donuts or Doughnuts
Which spelling is correct? Apparently, both. Doughnut is preferred by style guides and dictionaries, but donut has become an acceptable substitute. A search on the internet shows the trending spelling for this integral part of American culture, is “donut’.
Personally, I have never had occasion to express disappointment whilst eating one of these sweet treats. Thus, removing the “ugh” from it’s spelling seems more appropriate to spell the word, “donut.” 🙂
NOTE: Baked doughnuts are not like traditional doughnuts that you would get from your favorite bakery. These are not like the light, cruller kind made with yeast. I prefer a cake-like doughnut and these are similar to that type. We really liked the Wilton recipe and though I don’t know the calories, I think they must be a little less unhealthy than fried doughnuts.
- 2 cups cake flour, sifted
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
3. Bake 7-9 minutes, or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Cool in pan for about 4-5 minutes before removing from pan. Complete donuts with either a dusting of powdered sugar, glaze, or cinnamon-sugar topping. Best served fresh on the same day.
- 2 Tbs. sugar
- 1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbs. butter, melted
In a shallow bowl or plate, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Dip the baked doughnut in melted butter (I used a pastry brush to apply the butter so I could get a lighter coverage) and roll in the mixture to coat.
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tbs. melted butter
- 1 Tbs. corn syrup
- 1 tsp, hot water
In medium bowl, microwave chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup on 50% power for 1 minute, stirring frequently until completely melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon hot water, until the glaze is thick and smooth. Add another tsp. hot water if the glaze is too thick. Use immediately to glaze doughnuts.
Confectioners’ Sugar Doughnuts
Put 2/3 cup of confectioners’ Sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Add a doughnut, close the bag, and shake to coat. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
My personal favorite way to eat doughnuts…
Slice plain, cinnamon or confectioners sugar doughnut in half. Lightly butter and toast until golden brown. Top with cinnamon sugar. I especially love the slightly crispy edges!
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