To all, doughnuts arecakes with a filling or a hole, but the presence of them can mean many different things.
For some people, it could be school birthday parties when the birthday child brings a box for the whole class. For others, it could mean the mouthwatering display in a coffee shop or bakery. If you’re Jewish, doughnuts may remind you of sufganiyot on Chanukah. Yet if your mind tends to jump to random places as mine does, you might think of the stereotype of policemen goofing off while on duty and eating doughnuts.
Doughnuts could remind you of something else entirely, or you may be wondering, “What are doughnuts?” In which case, I’d recommend you return to the Ice Age which you’ve come. However, do take some doughnuts with you, because they are delicious.
The image of police officers got me thinking. Stereotypes are usually based off a bit of truth mixed in with crude humor and a lot of generalization. As it turns out, the history of cops and doughnuts is not humorous at all.
In the mid-1900s, police officers began walking through their routes instead of driving. During late-night shifts, 24-hour doughnut shops were frequented by cops drinking coffee, making an emergency phone call, parking a cruiser, or filling out paperwork. The result was a balanced relationship: the owners and workers in these shops felt protected and the cops enjoyed the nice place to refuel. Some small-town doughnut shops reserved desks for these welcome customers while others cities’ cops were warned against accepting free pastries since they would seem biased in legal issues.
It didn’t take long for policemen to become synonymous with doughnuts and we kept that association until today.
To highlight this stereotype further, in World War I, the Salvation Army’s volunteers served doughnuts to soldiers on the French Front. In the 1920s, the Red Cross distributed free doughnuts for veterans living abroad. Going back to a time further back than that, an 1898 New York Times article mentions a story of volunteers baking these pastries for a group of soldiers. These heart-warming anecdotes evolved into the hyperbolized caricature we know today.
You don’t need to be a cop to try this recipe; in fact, you don’t even need to be gluten intolerant to enjoy them. Keep in mind that these doughnuts will be baked instead of fried which will result in a more cake-like result. (If you want to fry yours, be my guest, although I do not guarantee the results. Although, if you are on this blog, I am assuming you are trying to skip excess oil consumption in your diet.)
Use this recipe for a birthday treat, sweet pastry fix, Chanukah, or a breakfast paired with coffee. If you are a cop who suffers from gluten intolerance… you’re welcome.
Maple Baked Doughnuts
For the Doughnuts:
- 1 1/4 cups almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Glaze:
- 2 tbsp natural almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the flours with the baking soda in a separate bowl.
- Stir the eggs, milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract then slowly incorporate the dry ingredients.
- Pour or spoon into greased doughnut pans (mini Bundt pans work as well.)
- Bake for 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- In the meantime, prepare the glaze by mixing the four ingredients and microwaving them for 30 seconds until smooth.
- When the doughnuts are cooled, remove them from their pans and dip the top of them into the glaze.
- Eat immediately or refrigerate. The glaze will harden when cold.