How To Make The Ultimate Doughnut
The secret to the “perfect” doughnut has been mathematically proven. It’s all about the size of the hole.
Dr. Eugenia Cheng, Senior Lecturer of Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, used maths to find out precisely what gives the treat that must-eat appeal.
Named the ‘Squidgy to Crispy ratio’, her method shows that the smaller the hole in the middle of the doughnut, the ‘squidgier’ it is, while a bigger hole makes it crispier.
Dr. Cheng was called upon to find the perfect doughnut formula by Domino’s Pizza UK, who launched a new line in freshly baked doughnuts last month, according to Simon Wallis, sales and marketing director at Domino’s.
“The hole is integral to the ‘whole’ doughnut experience, so it makes complete sense that it affects the texture and taste.”
Dr. Cheng, however, says we should have our doughnuts however we like them.
“[The] relatively small hole means that the Domino’s doughnuts are 78 per cent squidge and 22 per cent crisp – definitely squidgier than the average ring doughnut. If you’re me, then it’s easy to get carried away messing around with calculus. Go ahead and eat your doughnuts however you like them.”