Why do Donuts have Holes?

The most practical explanation of why donuts have holes is simply that, without the holes, donuts can not cook thoroughly, and no one liks a doughy donut. Naturally, other theories exist to explain the phenomenon, the most popular of which involves a sea captain named Hanson Gregory. As legend tells it, Gregory was struggling to steer his ship through a storm while also eating a circular, fried cake his mother had cooked for him, and out of pure anger and annoyance, he threw the cake onto one of the ship’s spokes, creating a hole in its center. Gregory put his finger through the hole to hold the cake, thus making it possible to use only one hand to eat and leaving his other to steer the vessel to safety. For more information see here: