One of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings is to get up early and go for a run (“early” can be anywhere from 4-11 a.m., mainly dependent on the night before). I will often try to convince someone to go with me on their bike, and if I am successful, I will send that someone to Daylight Donuts, which I conveniently run past with two miles left to go.
Recently, my tastes have run classic (no cronut for me, thanks): blueberry or strawberry cake, or maybe a maple glazed. I seem to remember that, in the past, Daylight has made a strawberry cake doughnut with chocolate icing, but I’ve yet to see it again and I would really like to.
Other doughnut facts relevant to me:
Doughnuts of my childhood: We were a Donutland family, and I have fond memories of my father bringing home that brown and orange striped box, full of all those wonderful doughnut colors and smells…all for me??!! Erm, not exactly.
Sweetest doughnut memory: My grandfather explaining to me why they were called ‘doughnut holes.’ I was not the sharpest knife in the drawer, you know?
Best doughnut: Chicago, 4 a.m., hadn’t eaten in about 10 hours, had just spent two hours after a concert getting from Wrigley Field to downtown via train and walking…and there was wonderful Dunkin’ Donuts, and there was a wonderful woman taking a tray of wonderful cake doughnuts with vanilla icing and sprinkles (I love sprinkles!) right out of the oven. It was wonderful.
Doughnut fantasy: Me. A maple glazed, chocolate drizzled, toasted almond and coconut sprinkled doughnut. Half of it eaten straight up, half of it taken to Yotopia where I work some magic into the red velvet cake froyo.
Doughnuts are the kind of treat that I don’t want to make. They seem tricky, and I think they sometimes involve very hot oil. However, for those of you who are so inclined, you can check out a doughnut cookbook or two and give it a go! It seems like something that, if you pull it off, has a bit of a ‘wow!’ factor and makes everyone really happy — like fancy cupcakes, but for breakfast!
And tell me–what’s your favorite doughnut?