This year, our doughnuts are going to taste even better, because we’re going to get the brachos just right. Doughnuts are somewhat unique in that they are made out of a dough which is quite similar to bread but are then deep-fried rather than baked, and this difference is reflected in the halacha. So here goes…
I’m enjoying a doughnut on it’s own or with a cup of coffee. Which bracha do I make?
Mezonos before, and Al Hamichya afterwards.
I know that I must wash, recite Hamotzi and bentch if I eat a few big slices of cake and feel full. Is it the same with doughnuts?
No. Because doughnuts are deep-fried, they will always be Mezonos before and Al Hamichya afterwards.
If I’m serving doughnuts for dessert during a bread-based meal, do we need to make a Mezonos on them?
Yes. Doughnuts are not typically part of a meal and are eaten for pleasure rather than nutrition, so they need their own bracha. If it’s possible that somebody (e.g. an older child) will still be a little hungry and will actually fill up on the doughnut, it’s better not to make Mezonos but rather have in mind when you say Hamotzi to cover the doughnuts at the end of the meal as well.
If I snack on a doughnut shortly before my bread-based dinner, should I say Al Hamichya before the meal, or can I rely on the Birkas Hamazon which I will say after the meal to cover the doughnut as well?
Make an Al Hamichya. If you forgot and already said Birkas Hamazon, you are also covered.
And how about if I snack on a doughnut before the meal and plan to have another one during the meal?
You should not say Al Hamichya. Also, your Mezonos made before the meal covers the doughnuts eaten during the meal so you wouldn’t make another Mezonos.
And now that you’ve got the brachos straight, remember to enjoy!