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Tuesday, March 5. 2019
Most cultures in the world have some form of fried dough treat.
In the US, you have to know where to go to get a fresh deep-fat-fried donut with a hard crust. I am no fan of Dunkin Donuts' donuts because they seem like cake donuts to me. No crunch, no grease, no good. OK for a quick sugar fix.
I can't figure out whether any Dunkin Donuts are fat-fried or not. There was a time when they were made on premises by Fred, but no longer. They are made off-site and delivered early. And yes, their bagels are frozen. I've seen them delivered at 4:30 AM. Toasted, tho, they aren't terrible bagels.
I go for their bad coffee.
The cool food court under the Plaza Hotel has a kiosk that fries mini-donuts to order. The real deal. Great. A place in Wellfleet used to do it, but it's gone now.
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When I was a young boy there was a doughnut shop within a hundred yards of me. They would often throw out a whole tray of doughnuts and I would scoop up a handful. I mean they were fine, not day old, not dirtied by touching trash. Good doughnuts. Who knows why they threw them out. Also about a 1/4 mile away was a potato chip company. They too would throw out bushels of fresh chips, again who knows why. I would gather a couple of handfuls into my turned up tee shirt and eat them while walking home. Apples, from the trees, cherries, strawberries from neighbors gardens and tomatoes (I loved fresh tomatoes and would carry a salt shaker with me to season them), blueberries, blackberries, rhubarb, everything was fair game. To this day I am on the lookout for fruit trees growing in or over public spaces and berries and hazel nuts.
[iLook at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.[/i]
I live within feet of produce farms.
The reason they throw stuff out is because they are imperfect and won't sell. (see the origin of 'baby carrots')
Or because Gubmint tells them to. Some kind of regulation.
Truck stops all over the country have dumpsters for truckers that have loads that are 'damaged" and need to be discarded. Because supermarkets won't take the liability that a box that fell 8' off a pile doesn't have damage that caused the food to spoil and some snowflake gets 'food poisioning' and sues the pants off them.
I forgot to add,
before big gummint said it NO WAY, certain food producing companies would sell their discards at way discounted prices to livestock farmers. Hershey especially. This was discontinued years ago, as we just cleaned out an old stall that had barrels of chocolate syrup and cocoa powder in it, at least 10 yrs old.
Also, the discards from beer making -- wet brewer's grains were being sold to livestock farmers as feed additives for livestock. Until the EPA or FDA or some busybodies decided they needed to be pastuerized first. Which negates the reason to feed them (the fermented biologicals that cows use in their rumen).
A sign of the times I fear.
Every Tim Hortons franchise (Tim's is a national institution here in Canada) used to make their own doughnuts.
Now they just quick-bake dough blobs from a central warehouse: sic transit gloria mundi.
I knew I couldn't be the only person who liked their donuts crispy on the outside, hot and oily. So many people are afraid of fat today. They don't know what they're missing.
When I was a child, family friends -of my grandparents' generation- made homemade doughnuts. Like Arty says, "crispy on the outside, hot and oily." After those home-fried doughnuts, commercial doughnuts are a great disappointment.
There's a reason the Dutch have olykoeks, literally "oily cakes".
Too many baked goods have become nothing more than fristing delivery devices.
On the way to/from Wellfleet — Donut King in Quincy. They have exactly what you’re asking for, but likely the largest you’ve ever seen.
The local fire company near my daughter's home makes fresh fried doughnuts every year around Christmas. As santa goes through the neighborhoods on a fire engine giving treats to the children, a fire truck follows and people buy hundreds of dozens of fresh made delightful donuts. Better than any I have had in commercial establishments.
My mother used to make cake doughnuts. No icing, no glace, a little powdered sugar. They were pretty good. For yeast doughnuts, the bakery down the street where I grew up owned by a Dutch couple made fresh bread and yeast doughnuts every day. Those were the best yeast doughnuts that I have ever eaten. Lightly glazed or sugared. I cannot stand the mass-produced doughnuts of the day, everything is far too sweet.
I'm an aficionado of fresh-made donuts. The best I've found:
Kane's Donuts, Saugus, MA. Fresh made, maybe a dozen flavors, the size of saucers. Huge amounts of filling in the blueberry and jelly donuts. They just opened a new location right on Rte. 1, the main thoroughfare from coastal NH to Boston. My waistline is doomed.
Further south, way further - Duck Donuts, Duck, NC and Virginia Beach, VA. The make the donuts right in front of you as you order them. Maple bacon donuts with real fresh bacon bits. Great Sunday morning adventure with grandkids.
Try this one.
Brothers Donuts in Franklin, NH.
You have to get there in the early morning because by 10am or so they're sold out. It's best to call the day before and order for pickup the next morning.
They provide donuts for a number of the local stores. (The general store in my town gets a couple of dozen every morning. They arrive at 6:30AM and are gone by 7:30AM.)
My wife worked at Mr. Donut as a baker--went in during the wee hours and made donuts fresh every day.
This is the most disappointing thing about moving into NH: donuts. Dunkin has a near monopoly and as said above, their cakes are not really donuts. Heav'nly is OK, but their coffee is terrible. Back in Dallas, the only thing more plentiful than small family* owned donut shops are 7-Elevens.
*mostly Korean families these days
Shipley’s are all over Texas. I never knew how good I had it until I moved away.
Maggie, you have come through again. Two new leads on (somewhat) local donuts shops. My tastebuds thank you. My cardiologist frowns on you.