Create the World’s Yummiest Doughnut!

In 1926, Trausch Bakery from Dubuque, Iowa, launched the first doughnut making machine.

What is the VERY FIRST thing you think of when you read that sentence? I thought of the scene from the children’s book, Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey. The second thing I thought of was the OTHER Homer, Homer Simpson, whose survival depends on this sugary confection.

Writing exercises to choose from: 1. Write your favorite doughnut memory. Describe it, the circumstances, the actions, your feelings, the characters surrounding it. 2. Write a short story or poem featuring a doughnut or a bakery as an important element. 3. Create a new doughnut recipe! Think of a fabulous new name. Describe it! Create an ad campaign! Give the recipe. What makes your doughnut special?

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12 Responses to “Create the World’s Yummiest Doughnut!”

  1. Chelle Cordero Says:

    Love these writing prompts – thanks!

  2. Mary Koehler Says:

    Mrs. Schimming, who lived across the road from us when we were kids on the farm, made the best doughnuts we ever tasted! They were raised (made with yeast) doughnuts, very light and perfectly done. She put sugar on them or frosted them with brown sugar frosting. I made similar doughnuts when I was young but they were never as good as hers. There used to be a bakery in Milwaukeee named Militzer’s that had sugared doughnuts reminicent of Mrs. Schimming’s.

    • Pamela Melser Says:

      My grandparent’s owned Militzer’s Bakery in Milwaukee! My favorite childhood memory was running around the bakery and eating chocolate donuts, and sugared jelly donuts.

      • lizbooks Says:

        Oh, that is so cool! What terrific memories. My Wisconsin doughnut memories are of cruellers (spelling?) which you can’t find in California at all. My mouth waters even as I type this. Since I’m fasting for a yearly blood test right now, reading about your memory and thinking about mine has me fantasizing about doughnuts and starving!

      • Vicki Winnes Says:

        My grandparents, Dorothy Schroeder and Helmuth Bremer, use to work at Militzer’s in Milwaukee. Any chance you still have the recipe for their German rye bread? My mom has been looking for YEARS for one that even comes close with no success. I would love to make her some if you would be willing to share the recipe.

      • lizbooks Says:

        Oh, that sounds delicious. I will send your question on to my Milwaukee cousin who seems to know everyone and everything in that area. If we ever find the answer, I’ll post it! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if through the world of Internet connections we could find it? Thank you for sharing your question! Liz

  3. Bob Arango Says:

    I grew up on 28th and Center or Fond du Lac Ave in Milwaukee in the 50’s. There was a bakery on Center St. or Fond du Lac Ave and I think it was a Militzer’s. They had the best jelly donuts, the raspberry filling was simply the best. I have never been able to find one as good. I wish I could find the recipe.

    • lizbooks Says:

      I wish I would have gone there when I lived in Oconomowoc. You’re the second person who has mentioned Militzer’s Bakery! I know what you mean about those filled donuts though. I haven’t eaten any like those anymore either. I STILL haven’t found cruellers either. My cousin used to get some from a bakery in Jefferson and MAIL them to me but they don’t make them anymore either. Oh, Auntie Em, where are you? I think I’ll use your comment to spur food writing this week. Thanks for writing! Liz

  4. Inge Says:

    Has anyone been able to come up with the doughnut and bread recipes from Militzer’s? Over the years, we lost so many wonderful bakeries in Milwaukee. I’ve lived all over the country and never found another dark sourdough rye bread as wonderful as Militzer’s. It’s just memories now.

    • lizbooks.com Says:

      Although I haven’t heard or seen any recipes from Militzer’s, many people online like Cranky Al’s in Tosa, Sil’s Mini Donuts on N. Harbor in Milawukee, National Bakery on S. 16th, Simma’s on N. 68th, and even Sentry (for their Crestwood Cake.) My personal knowledge is of Bon Ton’s in Jefferson, as they have crullers, the fabulous German donuts I ate as a child. I’ll make sure my cousin, Mary, sees this as she knows everything there is to know about Milwaukee.
      Oh dear. Now I’m starving! And the East Bay in California is NOT known for their donuts!

  5. Inga Journey Says:

    How wonderful to have stumbled onto this blog. I loved Militzer’s!! My dad threatened to move back to Germany if we didn’t come up with a decent bread that would sustain a working man. Thank goodness we found Militzer’s and we stayed … that was nearly 60 years ago.

    Now, we live in Salt Lake City where we have a German bakery that does a pretty good job. It’s still my lot in life to make the bread run for the family each week. My 4-year old grandson always gets excited when I come over with what he calls the “special Oma bread.”

    There were so many good bakeries in those days that have since disappeared and their recipes along with them. It’s really sad. Meuerer’s, too, was a favorite of ours for their decadent strawberry ladyfinger torte. It was a birthday tradition for us that we dearly miss.

    • lizbooks.com Says:

      I’m with your dad! How I long for a good German bakery here in Northern California. And I love your grandson’s “special Oma bread.” It’s wonderful you are a bread maker and continuing that tradition! Thank you so much for writing. Liz

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