Jelly doughnut fiend Homer Simpson and doughnut-munching undercover television cops everywhere may actually be on to something. When a co-worker brings doughnuts into the office, he or she is instantly the person you want to pat on the back, shake hands with and thank repeatedly for your imminent sugar rush. These delightful round puffs of fried dough in every flavor and form are something to be celebrated, and especially today, National Donut Day.
True doughnut lovers know that only occasional doughnut eaters ... ahem, amateurs ... call the doughnut a breakfast pastry. In reality, the doughnut is an anytime treat. The light and airy dough of the raised glazed doughnut or the dense cakey dough of the crumb is meant to be savored. With so many flavors, you could essentially indulge in a different doughnut every day.
If you like the classics, maybe go with a chocolate twist, jelly or simple glazed doughnut. For the health-conscious who still like to have a bit of fun, try the baked and/or steamed doughnuts at Fonuts, and for those who love pork, snag a maple bacon doughnut from the Nickel Diner. Or there's the foie gras doughnut from Umamicatessen. Watch the video below for more places in L.A. to go to celebrate National Donut Day.
Now that we've officially got your doughnut wheels spinning, maybe we've inspired you to make a fresh doughnut at home. Check out this recipe for buttermilk doughnuts to make anytime you feel a craving coming on. (Recipe after the jump.)
I guess there really is a little Homer Simpson in all of us.
-- Jenn Harris
Photo: Buttermilk doughnut with chocolate frosting. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.