I came across the following recipe some time ago:
Beat three eggs very light with a generous pinch of salt; add one and a half tablespoonfuls of sugar, one large tablespoonful of melted butter, and sifted flour enough to roll thin; cut in narrrow strips and fry the same as doughnuts; sprinkle while hot with powdered sugar. Hypocrites are very nice served with coffee as a light refreshment, or at luncheon.
Us Two Cook Book: Containing Tested Recipes for Two Persons (1909) Jennie B. Williams
My question to you is this: how did this linear doughnut come by this name? I love it. I want to know the how, why, when and where of its naming.
According to The Oxford English Dictionary, a hypocrite is ‘One who falsely professes to be virtuously or religiously inclined; one who pretends to have feelings or beliefs of a higher order than his real ones; hence generally, a dissembler, pretender.’ To what, then, is this fried pastry strip pretending? To being nutitionally virtuous? To being a higher order doughnut? To feeling steamed, not fried? Your ideas, faithful readers, please.
Quotation of the Day.
I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughtnut... I don't need a receipt for the doughnut. I give you money and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. To some skeptical friend, 'Don't even act like I didn't get that doughnut, I've got the documentation right here... It's in my file at home. ...Under "D".'