Friday, June 7, 2013

An Ode to a Donut (or Doughnut if you prefer)

Today is National Donut Day. I will use that spelling just because it's easier to type. We all know how annoying it is to type GH's.

Anyway, today we pay homage to possibly one of the greatest pastry concoctions of all time. Just think of them for a minute. The varieties are endless. You start with your basic Old-Fashioned and go from there. Glazed, Bavarian Cream, Cinnamon, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate Covered... (CHOCOLATE COVERED!!!), Chocolate Iced, Vanilla Iced with sprinkles. And that doesn't even scratch the surface.

But for me, one donut stands above all others. Within this one type of donut there are also many possible varieties. For me, nothing can compare to a Jelly donut. Raspberry jelly preferably, although I'd never throw a strawberry out the window. Now with a Jelly donut you can go with powdered sugar, granulated sugar or dare I say it... glazed. Yes, the best possible donut in the whole world combines two pretty-much-perfect-on-their-own varieties: Jelly and Glazed. It's a freakin' no-brainer.

As a kid, every Saturday morning we were allowed donuts for breakfast. In that, we have combined a perfect food with a perfect morning. To this day, on many Saturdays you can find remnants of powdered sugar around my mouth and a smile on my face.

So on this day where the entire country honors a scrumptious ball of fried dough and sugar, I say grab yourself a cold glass of milk, the donut of your choice, and savor every bite of it.

Then have another.