While all of the crispy-crusted cake donuts are crave-worthy, you'll find a real shining star in the Lemon Pistachio White Chocolate variety. The extreme sweetness of the white chocolate is tempered by a hint of lemon zest and beautifully complemented by the salty pistachio bits. When all of these flavors come together in a bite with the perfect crunch of the craggy donut exterior, giving way to its fluffy but substantial interior, you may experience donut nirvana.
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Crispy, cakey, chocolaty, coconuty, pop-in-your-mouth doughnuts that are super easy to make? What's not to love?
"The first time I read about Spalding's Doughnuts, all I could think was these sound remarkably like Georgie's," Ed told me. Georgie's was a personal favorite of Ed's—a Harlem doughnut shop that's been closed for about a decade now. Irregularly shaped, airy, full of stretchy nooks and crannies and an unusually thick, crisp crust, these are the kind of doughnuts that are the aesthetic opposite of the perfectly round factory-stamped shape of the major chains.
Legend has it that Maine sea captain Hanson Gregory put the hole in the doughnut so to speak. Variations on the story abound, but my favorite version has Captain Gregory impaling the fried pieces of dough on his ship's steering wheel for easier snack access. Whether that's true or not is left to the ages, but what's undisputed is Maine's long standing love affair with the doughnut.
While I've always loved apple picking, my favorite part isn't really the fresh fruit—it's the warm, cinnamon-dusted cider donut I devour on the way home. Crunchy on the outside, tender within, and boasting genuine apple flavor, nothing says "fall" quite like cider donuts. But could all of that authentic, farm-fresh flavor really be captured in a mix?
We stocked up on milk and busted out our stretchy pants to scour the city for the best places to satisfy your doughnut fix. We aimed for an even dozen but, as happens with doughnuts, we found that a thirteenth snuck onto our list. But really, a Baker's Dozen is always a good thing, particularly when it comes to doughnuts.
There's been a lot of talk about doughnuts around these parts lately. And while I love a good doughnut as much as the next person, I don't love the guilt that comes with scarfing one down. That's why I was excited to try King Arthur Flour's Buttermilk Doughnut Mix ($6.95). The doughnuts are baked, not fried, and each one weighs in at a reasonable 190 calories.
San Francisco's Mission District is still somewhere in that transitional phase where the vast majority of storefronts are still old-school taquerias and Mexica-tessans, but the hipsters and artisans have slowly started encroaching with a mix of a few duds and plenty of truly fantastic and uniquely delicious eateries (think Flour + Water or Bi-Rite Creamery). Dynamo Donuts falls firmly into the latter category, serving freshly fried, doughy, yeasty, chewy doughnuts.
Just in time for Valentine's day, Dunkin' Donuts released new cocoa yeast donuts, which will be available through the end of February. The Good Idea, Bad Idea videos from Animaniacs come to mind.
All you need to start these doughnuts is a roll of biscuit dough, which means no waiting for yeasted dough to rise and not much to clean up. Punch out the doughnut holes, heat up some oil, and within minutes you'll have warm, crisp, homemade (no one will know, unless the pop! of the biscuit tin sells you out) doughnuts.
When Laurel came back from Edisto Island, South Carolina, with a box of Krispy Kreme Cheerwine Kreme Filled Doughnuts (purchased at the local Piggly Wiggly) we gathered around, equal parts curious and giddy. Oooh, Cheerwine. The cherry-flavored soda isn't spotted much outside of the southeastern United States, plus this was multiplied by doughnuts—limited edition doughnuts, mind you. They were only sold at grocery stores in the Carolinas for the month of July. But when we cut into our half-dozen, we were met with Cheerwine-less, normal doughnut innards.
My first stop in Milwaukee was Sil's Drive-Thru, an odd little stand that specializes in mini donuts, a foodstuff I didn't exactly know I needed in my life, but sounded too fun to ignore. They're served piping hot, tossed with just a bit of sugar.
You walk up to place your order at Moody's Donuts and—genius!—you see what's been whining away. On the back counter, one leg balanced on paperback book, a small automatic donut fryer is churning out sweet, hot rounds of deliciousness. Its funnel-like reservoir drops batter (a rice- and wheat-flour blend) into a narrow channel of oil, and, like clockwork, little flippers rise from the oil, turning the cake donuts and sending them on their way.