A naught made from dough, the donut is the sweet nothing of New World pastries. Deep-fried, the "dough-naught," "doughnut" or just plain "donut" is a breakfast object of myth. While numerous cultures feature tasty fried gobs of dough, the standard ring-shaped form seems to be a New England/French/Canadian/Dutch hybrid.
One story claims that the donut was given its current incarnation by a crusty Maine sea captain who stuck a sweet roll on the prong of his ship's wheel during a storm. Perhaps some enterprising Quebec bakers took the idea and turned it into a specialty. Or maybe the eternal circle of dough has always been with us, just waiting to be dusted with sugar and coated with chocolate. Today they're being produced by a few dedicated bakers in our area.
-- Marty Demarest
Alpine Bistro & amp; Bakery Company
810 N. Monroe St., 327-7040
2152 N. Hamilton St., 487-9003
Donuts To Go
7009 N. Division, 467-6403
15401 E. Indiana Ave., 922-7101
Mike's Old-Fashioned Donuts
11413 E. Sprague, 926-7385
21101 E. Wellesley Ave., 924-5129
2520 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene
9551 N. Government Way, Hayden
209 W. Main St., Chewelah, Wash.