April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
While I was traveling last month in a land far removed from such refined, confectionery goodness, my dear friend was able to sample a treat for her breakfast stateside.
Here is the donut that Rose so enjoyed, purchased at Culture:
Out of jealousy I demanded further details, but, true to form, she stated only that it was, “really, really good.”
Judging by the photo I describe this specimen (most likely made by Dough) to be light and airy as a cloud which is tethered oh-so-delicately to earth by the subtle crunch of its sugar coating.
Simple, satisfying, and demanding to be tried; Rose and I will be back to split this soon.
September 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
My new apartment is located wonderfully (dangerously?) close to one of the best donut shops around: Peter Pan Bakery in Greenpoint. Yes, donuts/doughnuts have become a serious trend in New York this year but just walk into Peter Pan’s and you would have no idea. That’s probably because the place hasn’t changed at all in the decades it has been around; just like the best donut shop ever (in Portland, Maine) this is really just a neighborhood joint that is all about the product, no frills.
Because I have a hard time choosing between chocolate and plain I got the marble cruller: a perfect blend of glazed chocolate and regular cake donut. For $1 this thing is huge, best split between two meals (or two people). The inside is doughy and the edges perfectly crisp; just crinkly enough to let the glaze collect in little rivets. My favorite bites are the ends (highest glaze to dough ratio), but the whole thing is honestly divine.
Get there early for the freshest donuts but they seem to continue baking all day so really, I’d just ask for what has been pulled out most recently and you will never go wrong. Ever. Love this place.
August 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
I have always noticed the various Doughnut Plant offerings at Joe but until now (despite my penchant for things sweet and fried) have never been tempted. Perhaps it was because they tended to stock mainly yeast and jam varieties instead of cake, or perhaps I am fiercely and subconsciously loyal to Peter Pan of Greenpoint; for whatever reason it was not until yesterday that I finally walked away with a doughnut alongside my morning coffee.
A banana pecan cake doughnut, to be precise! And, while this was indeed a well-done thing: moist interior reminiscent of banana bread and a crisp, sweet glaze studded with pecan bits, it honestly did not give me much to remember.
Yes it was tasty, and yes perhaps my expectations were too high — I was anticipating being lifted onto another plane by the sheer majesty of the thing — but I honestly can say that I would have been more content eating a slice of good banana bread than I was with this treat. Maybe that’s the problem: the Doughnut Plant’s cake creations are really not suitable for breakfast. Now, if only Joe would start stocking banana bread…