We owe thanks to the Pilgrims for introducing doughnuts to the Americas. The doughnut originated in Holland, where it was called olie koeken, which means oil cakes. While the Pilgrins were in Holland awaiting passage to the New World, they learned to make doughnuts and brought this yummy morsel to Plymouth Rock as did the Dutch themselves when they later settled in New Amsterdam. From the New England chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Cooking time approximate.