Homer Simpson
Mmm, doughnuts

Channel your inner Homer Simpson

Use this wonderful holiday as the best excuse to eat as many doughnuts as you want… the calories don't count on National Doughnut Day, right?

June 1 is National Doughnut Day, and I think Homer Simpson said it best: "Mmm… doughnuts." There's just something about biting into these heavenly pillows of fried dough that makes your morning brighter. Throw in a cup of coffee and life is good.

Make a dish Homer would approve of: Half doughnut, half pizza >>

DoughnutsA disputed history

Who wouldn't want to be credited with bringing doughnuts to the masses? Doughnuts have been around for a long time, but the exact history seems to be unknown. There are several theories regarding the invention of doughnuts, some citing the Dutch settlers for bringing their oliekoeks (or oil cakes) to America in the 19th century and some citing a young American who came up with the idea himself aboard a ship. Whomever is responsible for bringing us this treat should surely be rewarded.

Celebrate

National Doughnut Day only comes once a year, so we'd better make the most of it. Whether you like the standards like glazed, jelly-filled or powdered, or the more imaginative flavors like maple-bacon or candy bar-topped, grab a dozen to share (or not) and start celebrating!

Take a shortcut and try making your own maple-bacon treats using a quick-and-easy doughnut recipe and a maple-flavored glaze. The bacon is the icing on the cake and Homer Simpson would be proud.

Doughnuts for everyone

Since doughnuts are a fairly inexpensive treat, there isn't a lot of motivation to make your own at home. Letting the bakeries do the work (and the cleanup) sounds like a much better idea. But if you are less like Homer Simpson and would prefer a classier version of the typical doughnut, we think this doughnut macaron from Raspberri Cupcakes will fit the bill. It's adorable, and you'll probably save yourself a few calories if you indulge in this instead of the typical fried version. But if you are a more of a traditionalist and you want to bake, we suggest the recipe below.

Doughnut macarons

Maple-bacon doughnuts

Yields 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch quick fried doughnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 5 strips fried bacon, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Make the doughnuts according to the recipe, but do not coat in the sugar mixture. Let cool.
  2. Whisk together the confectioners' sugar, maple extract, two tablespoons of milk and cinnamon. If glaze is too thick, add the remaining tablespoon of milk. (The glaze should be thick enough so that it won't run off the top of the doughnuts.)
  3. Dip one side of the cooled doughnuts into the glaze and place upright on a wire rack. Immediately sprinkle with bacon crumbles.
  4. Let glaze set and enjoy.

Tell us

How will you celebrate National Doughnut Day? Share in the comments below!

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Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

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