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Why Donuts have H🍩LES


In Rockport, Maine, there stands a plaque that reads, “In commemoration. This is the birthplace of Captain Hanson Gregory, who first invented the hole in the doughnut in 1847. Erected by his friends, Nov. 2, 1947.” It is Captain Hanson Gregory who is widely recognized as the creator of the hole in the donut!











According to the story, Miss Elizabeth Gregory, Hanson Gregory's mother, would often make donuts for her son, flavored with nutmeg, lemon and cinnamon, and filled with hazelnuts and walnuts.


Gregory went on to become a sailor and donut innovator, and he liked to munch fried cakes while steering his craft.


In an interview with The Washington Post on March 26, 1916 Captain Hanson Gregory claims he cut the hole to help the cooking process. According to Hanson, “they used to fry all right around the edges, but when you had the edges done the insides was all raw dough.”









Captain Hanson Gregory claims to have taught this to many more people and thanks to being a sailor, the holed doughnut idea spread throughout the world.


Most bakers do think that the reason doughnuts have holes is the reason Captain Gregory stated, to get rid of the slightly doughy center.


But the question is; what to do with the donut holes, after they have been subtracted from the donut equation? Introduce donut holes or "timbits" in Canda.


Timbits are literally the remainder of dough cut out of the center of donuts to allow them to cook more evenly.


Thanks to Tim Hortons, donut holes are widely known as Timbits, but around the world they are just known as donut holes.





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