Doughnut or Donut!?

The English language never ceases to amaze me. Doughnut? Or donut?  Two words, spelled very different, pronounced exactly the same, both acceptable and both have the same definition, “a small cake of sweetened dough, often ring-shaped or spherical with a jam or cream filling, cooked in hot fat.”  “Hot fat”..  mmmm.. delicious! Sometimes.

When I was 18, maybe 17 (the details of those years are a lil’ sketchy. ;)), I worked in the Bakery Department of Safeway. At the time, I thought I was in heaven! How could one not love being surrounded by the delightful aroma of fresh French Bread, HOT out of the oven? Sampling Jalapeno Cheese Bread while still warm and the cheese oozing? And having access to so many varieties of doughnuts?! Something my mom didn’t let us have much of.  I’ll tell you how. You lose interest when you go home smelling like hot oil and your pink floral uniform apron is dusted with flour &  sticky frosting.

Often working the 5am shift, I’d be in charge of traying up the doughnuts as quick as the bakers could have them prepared.  Cake doughnuts became an instant favorite as they fit perfectly in my mouth. Whole. I know, I know, how lady like! 😉  I think it’s safe to say that during my time spent working in the bakery, I ate enough doughnuts to last a lifetime. Seriously. I think back now to that time and quite honestly, my stomach turns.  I don’t know how I managed to stay a healthy weight. Chalk it up to being young I suppose.

It’s not often that I experience a doughnut craving these days. But when I do, I satisfy it! Usually with your basic chocolate raised. I’m a sucker for a good custard filled chocolate or maple bar. My absolute favorite is a French doughnut. I love their air-y texture. French doughnuts were also my late grandmothers favorite. 🙂 Not many grocery store bakeries carry French doughnuts, so having one is a true treat!  You will not find me eating a cake doughnut. Ever.

This morning was one of those rare occasions I had a little extra time before needing to be at work AND I was craving a doughnut!  I decided to stop by the Safeway bakery.  As I stood waiting for the young girl ahead of me to pick out her selection of doughnuts ever so carefully, as if she was making some life altering decision, I found myself  hearing lyrics from one of my favorite Gary Allen songs (I’ll Take Today), “Memories may find me, but they’ll always be behind me.  I’ll take today over yesterday, anyday…” 🙂

Interesting fact… there is a Dunkin’ Donuts in Pakistan! Random. I know.

Chocolate Raised Doughnut with Sprinkles! Joy. 🙂

One last random fact… candy sprinkles make people smile! 🙂

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