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If you're going to surrender to temptation, let it be a donut! National Donut Day is coming, and we don't want you to be unprepared. These recipes were tested using our Zojirushi Breadmaker, the easiest way to have a donut shop at home. So just this one time, make an exception and have a donut on us. It's trending, you know; and we know you want it!
Ah! The healthier donut alternative. These yeast-raised donuts are fluffy, non-greasy and gooood! Make the dough in our 1-lb breadmaker on the DOUGH course, and it'll yield more than a baker's dozen.
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No gluten does not mean no taste--we've proven it right here with our donuts that have no wheat flour of any kind. Try this safe treat for the whole family!
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The official donut of the French Quarter, beignets are like powdered sugar covered nuggets of pure doughy yummy! Get 'em while they're hot!
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Well, you know how there are so many nonsensical special days throughout the year, that it's hard to take any of them seriously? You might be surprised to learn that National Donut Day has a legit history and a noble cause behind it. The day started as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in Chicago back in 1938, to help needy families during the Depression. It was also meant to honor what the women of the Salvation Army did during WW1. Known as "Doughnut Dollies", they were sent to France to set up huts and serve baked goods, coffee and mend clothes for the infantry serving overseas. Donuts were a huge hit even back then, and the tradition continued with the American Red Cross during WW2. National Donut Day is still a Salvation Army fundraiser today in Chicago.
Also known as a "fritter" in English cuisine, beignets were brought to New Orleans by French colonists in the 18th century. They were incorporated into home-style Creole cooking and are a popular breakfast pastry today. The most famous beignets are from the Café du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which serves a simple menu of chicory blended coffee, chocolate milk, hot chocolate, fresh orange juice and beignets. They were established in 1862 and almost never close. Traditionally, beignets are always served in orders of three.
Pink Box Donuts
What are "Pink Box Donuts"? If you grew up on the West Coast, you would know immediately what we're talking about. The squarish pink boxes are almost synonymous with baked goods; especially donuts. Most Mom&Pop donut shops use them when you buy a dozen. If you live on the East Coast, you may be scratching your head, thinking, "I thought all donut boxes were white." And you would probably be correct. It's a regional thing, apparently. Who knew?
It cannot be proven how pink boxes got started here in the West, but one theory is that an enterprising Cambodian immigrant started a box company that could supply cheaper boxes than the ones being used at the time. They were pink instead of white because white is the color of mourning in Cambodia. Gloomy white was out, cheerful pink was in, and the pink box caught on all up and down the West Coast. Another added benefit was that it stayed more attractive than the white boxes when grease spots inevitably started forming from the donuts inside. Pink just turned a darker shade of pink--not ugly grey like on the white boxes.  
What kind of box did you grow up with?
Fluff the flour with a fork or whisk to loosen it, then spoon the ingredients into the cup and fill it to overflow. Level off by sweeping off the excess with a flat knife. Do not press or pack the ingredients, and don't just scoop it out in your measuring cup. You might pack too much or cause air pockets and create an inaccurate measurement.
A careless measurement could result in a difference of as much as 10-30 grams. Accuracy is critical to achieve baking perfection--take the time to measure correctly!
The measuring cup that came with your breadmaker can be used to measure 1 cup of bread flour, as it can be leveled off. This cup can also be used to measure liquids 1 cup or less. When measuring dry ingredients less than 1 cup, use nested measuring cups like the one shown. They usually come in 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 cup capacities. Fill to heaping and level off each measurement.
Iced coffee water measure lines, ice basket and Keep Warm OFF for effortless iced coffee. Convenient Ice Basket takes the guesswork out of brewing perfect iced coffee. Removable water tank makes filling easy and is fully washable. Easy load filter basket swings out, with removable parts for easy cleaning.
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