If you are a fan of The Simpsons, especially Homer Simpson, then you probably know about his love for donuts. Homer has been seen devouring these donuts in plenty of episodes. They are by far his favorite food, and he can’t live without them.
So, what’s behind the Homer Simpson donuts? Is there a special ingredient that makes them so tasty? And how easily can you make them yourself? If you want the answer to these questions, keep on reading!
In this article, we’ll uncover some facts about the Homer Simpson donuts, as well as give you a step-by-step recipe on how to make them.
History of Homer Simpson Donuts
From the first few TV episodes of the Simpsons, Homer established that donuts were one of his favorite foods, along with pizza, steak, and potato chips. Since their first appearance in the town of Springfield, donuts have played an important part in many episodes of the Simpsons.
The most notable appearances of the Homer Simpson donuts are those from the Treehouse of Horror Halloween special episodes.
In the 1993 version, Homer sells his soul to the Devil disguised as Ned Flanders for a single donut. Once he finishes the donut, he goes to Hell, where a demon force-feeds him a ton of donuts. However, instead of being a punishment, Homer gleefully eats all the donuts. Eventually, Marge wins his soul back, but the Devil turns his head into a giant donut.
In the 1994 iteration of the Treehouse of Horror, Homer repeatedly travels back in time to change the future. He ends up in a universe where he’s rich, but when he asks Marge to pass him a donut, she doesn’t know what he is talking about. Eventually, Homer returns to a “close enough” universe to his original one.
Fun Facts About Homer Simpson Donuts
- The chain donut store Krispy Kreme Doughnuts sells its own donut themed around the Simpsons. They call it the Homer Simpson D’ohnut, which looks just like the one from the show that Homer loves to eat!
- If you ever visit Universal Studios in Florida to enjoy the Simpsons-themed rides, make sure to stop by Lard Lad Donuts. This is the donut shop in Springfield town where Homer buys all his donuts. Inside, they sell the Big Pink, a replica of Homer’s favorite donut that’s the size of a whole cake!
- If you’re near Las Vegas, you can get donuts from the weirdest food truck you’ll ever see. The Big Pink Donut is a food truck shaped like Homer’s beloved donuts and serves any fresh hot donuts you like. You can book them for a party, a wedding or any kind of celebration and your guests will definitely enjoy it!
- Famous composer Hans Zimmer wrote the soundtrack for The Simpsons Movie, which came out in 2007. The CD with the soundtrack was released in a limited edition with a case shaped like a Simpsons donut that also smelled like actual donuts! You can still find them on eBay, although the smell will have probably faded by now.
So, what’s the mystery behind the donuts that make Homer Simpson go crazy? Well, there’s actually no mystery ingredient that makes them delicious. Homer Simpson donuts are simply fried yeast donuts with a pink sugar glaze and sprinkles on top.
This means that they are very easy to make at home. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make the best Homer Simpson donuts:
For the donut dough:
- 1 cup milk, lukewarm temperature
- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
For the glaze:
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 drop of red food coloring
- Rainbow sprinkles
You’ll also need some essential kitchen supplies:
- Mixing bowls
- Plastic wrap
- Rolling pin
- Donut cutters
- Parchment paper
- Dutch oven (or any large pot)
- Cooking oil (vegetable, peanut, or canola oil)
- Slotted spoon
- Cooling rack
- A stand mixer (optional)
Step by Step on How to Make Homer Simpson Donuts
Here are the steps you need to follow to make perfect Homer Simpson donuts:
- In a large bowl, put the milk, yeast, and sugar and mix them together. Set the mixture aside for 5 to 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. Once the mixture looks foamy, whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract until you get a homogenous mixture.
- In a separate bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer if you’re using one), sift the flour and salt and whisk them until they are combined.
- Pour your wet ingredients into the bowl of your dry ingredients and start mixing them by hand until they form a soft dough. If you’re using a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed, and don’t overmix the dough! Once the dough is well-mixed, you can start to incorporate the butter in small doses.
- When your dough is smooth and consistent, lightly grease a medium size bowl and line it with plastic wrap. Place your dough in the bowl, grease the top of it and cover it with plastic wrap as well. Leave the dough to rest for 1 to 1 ½ hour, depending on the ambient temperature of your room. You want your dough to double in size.
- Once the dough has properly risen, it is time to roll it out. Unwrap the dough and place it onto your well-floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it’s about ½ inch thick.
- Before you cut the donuts, flour your donut cutter and make shallow indents in the dough to get the maximum out of it. Cut the donuts using the donut cutters, and don’t forget to cut the hole in the middle. Shape the rest of the dough into a ball, roll it out and repeat the process to get more donuts! If you don’t have donut cutters, you can use cookie cutters instead.
- Once your donuts are cut, place them on pre-cut pieces of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Cover with a towel and let them rest and double in size in a warm place for about 30 minutes. The parchment paper will make them easier to handle while frying.
- While your donuts are resting, fill up your frying pot with vegetable oil and preheat it until it reaches 365 °F (or 185 °C). Ideally, you’ll want to use a frying thermometer to ensure the right temperature in order to get a crispy and fluffy donut.
- Carefully place your donuts in the frying pot and fry them for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until they turn a golden brown color. You should only fry a few donuts at a time to ensure the oil temperature doesn’t drop and that your donuts are evenly cooked.
- Once your donuts are golden brown, remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a wire rack or a plate lined with paper towels to cool off. When they are cool enough to handle but still hot, you can glaze them.
- For the glaze, mix the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and food coloring in a small bowl until you get a smooth pink glaze. If the glaze seems too thick, add a little more milk. You want a thick but still pourable glaze.
- Dip one side of your donuts into the glaze and place them on a wire rack for the glaze to harden
- Top them up with your favorite colored sprinkles!
- Even if your dry yeast is brand new, remember to let it bloom with milk and sugar to ensure that it’s alive and active. It would be a shame to do the whole process with dead yeast and not get puffy donuts!
- Make sure your butter is at room temperature and that you mix it in the dough in small doses. This way, you’ll ensure that it mixes well throughout the dough.
- If you wrap your dough in plastic wrap before you put it in the bowl to rest, you’ll have an easier time cleaning your bowl afterward.
- If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can make the dough using an electric mixer or knead by hand. However, consider investing in a good stand mixer, as it will save you time and hassle and encourage you to make more donuts!
What Kind of Donut Does Homer Eat?
Homer Simpson is a big fan of donuts. His favorite donut is a fried yeast donut with a pink glaze and sprinkles on top. He has been seen enjoying these donuts plenty of times, to the point where he can’t imagine a world without them.
Where Can You Find the Simpsons Donut?
Many donut stores sell donuts that are similar to the Simpsons donut. Krispy Kreme has a version called the “Simpson D’ohnut” inspired by the show. Instead of buying them, though, you can just make them at home using our recipe and tips!