May 7-14, 2011 — National Doughnut Week
Bakers throughout the UK sell doughnuts to raise dough (pun intended) for The Children’s’ Trust, a charity that provides care, therapy, and education for children with disabilities and health needs.
Participating bakeries sell special doughnuts during this week and contribute the sales proceeds to The Children’s Trust. Celebrity chefs Ainsley Harriot and Brian Turner support the campaign. Special events are held such as bake-a-thons, doughnut and spoon races, doughnut raffles, doughnut eating competitions, and doughnut breaks at work.
The study of donuts is interesting indeed. What are particularly fascinating are the various theories about holes in donuts — who invented them, what’s their purpose?
It is reported that in 1847 a young man, Hanson Gregory, suggested to his mum that she put a hole in the middle of her fried cakes so the cakes would cook in the middle.
Another story is that Hanson Gregory suggested the hole to his mum not for cooking the middle of the cakes but so that Hanson, a seaman, could hand the donuts on the handles of his ship’s steering wheel.
And then there’s the story than an Indian attacked a woman on Cape Code who was making doughnuts. The Indian shot an arrow at the woman. The arrow missed the woman but hit one of the doughnuts, leaving a hole.
Cops love this week — support it wholeheartedly:
Click here to get the National Doughnut Week’s website.