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Cake made from fried, sweetened dough leavened with yeast or baking powder; may be filled with jam or cream. The first ring doughnuts were introduced by baker's apprentice Hanson Crockett Gregory in Camden, Maine (1847), by knocking out the undercooked centre of filled doughnuts. The first machine for cutting doughnuts was patented by John Blundell in Thomaston, Maine, 1872.

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