National Donut Day!!!!
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I do not consider donut to be the standard American usage, since it only accounts for around a third of the instances in contemporary American published writing (books, newspapers, etc.). Rather, it is part of an especially debased consumerist vernacular idiom, the shrill cry of the brash hawker, granted a sort of sanction by capital, which caters to the lowest common denominator for reasons of profit. As of 2011, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., holds over $3.2 billion in assets, accumulated by doing what used to be done better and at a comparable price by local businesses. To this lamentable phenomenon we may also ascribe the vulgarisms of lo-salt, lo-cal, lite, nite (as commonly used in names of medications that will relieve symptoms and help you sleep), among countless others.

Doughnut is preferable, in part, because the spelling reinforces the fact that the word, as a derived compound, is transparently compositional in its morphology. Dough + nut. Doughnuts are made from dough and, originally lacking holes, resembled nuts. Donut, by changing the spelling, obscures this relationship. Perhaps there are some poor souls out there, who, from long, habitual exposure only to donut, do not even recognize the word as a compound. That is, they may be unaware the word is derived from other words, just as young child may be unaware that a pipe-cleaner, commonly used in arts and crafts, is actually used to clean pipes, instead simply accepting the sequence of syllables as the name for the object.

In any event, I attempted some weeks ago to find a bakery that still uses lard in frying doughnuts. This was common at one time and is still preferred by many. All the major and minor chains, it seems, have years ago switched to various forms of plant-derived fats, which is a change that I suspect is motivated by deference to those of Semitic persuasions. The only holdouts for hog lard are the Hispanic and Chinese bakeries, which, tragically, use hydrogenated lard (which contains transfats) that is also processed with stabilizers and other chemicals, such as BHT, which improves shelf stability at the expense of health. I have been unable to find any bakery, however small or local, that uses lard that I would actually want to consume.

The last time I made doughnuts was three years ago, after wet-rendering some leaf lard from a nearby hog farmer. Unless you are going to be frying a tremendous amount of them, I think it's a waste of fat, especially if you go through the difficulty of rendering all the fat yourself. At that rate, it is better use the lard in pastry crusts.
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National Donut Day!!!! - by Sir Charles Napier - 06-02-2016, 07:14 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Pilgrim - 06-04-2016, 10:49 AM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Fontevrault - 06-04-2016, 10:50 AM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by aquinas138 - 06-04-2016, 06:26 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Pilgrim - 06-05-2016, 12:24 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by AllSeasons - 06-05-2016, 01:55 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Pilgrim - 06-05-2016, 06:47 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Pilgrim - 06-05-2016, 06:52 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Zubr - 06-06-2016, 12:03 AM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Fontevrault - 06-06-2016, 09:50 AM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Share Love - 06-06-2016, 10:19 AM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by PrairieMom - 06-06-2016, 10:32 AM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Neopelagianus - 06-06-2016, 11:34 AM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by PrairieMom - 06-06-2016, 02:32 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by PrairieMom - 06-06-2016, 02:35 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Pilgrim - 06-06-2016, 05:28 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Fontevrault - 06-06-2016, 05:29 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Cyriacus - 06-06-2016, 06:24 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by PrairieMom - 06-06-2016, 08:39 PM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by PrairieMom - 06-07-2016, 10:44 AM
Re: National Donut Day!!!! - by Neopelagianus - 06-07-2016, 11:13 AM



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