Donuts have no short history; on the contrary, they are at least a few centuries old and seem to have come from Europe. The exact source is, as is the case with most foods, not entirely known. The earliest origins of modern doughnuts can often be traced back to the olykoek (oily cake) brought by Dutch colonists to early New York. These donuts are very similar to later doughnuts, but they don’t have the shape of their current ring size.
Doughnut is the English term. Similar creations in other countries include the following:
Aebelskiver – Danish doughnut look-alikes that have a slice of apple inside;
Beignet – a French version of the doughnut;
Berliners – German versions of doughnuts, usually filled with jelly;
Oliebollen – a Dutch treat that contains a slice of apple and usually raisins and is traditionally served to celebrate the New Year;