Five gold rings! Or pink, or cinnamon, or chocolate – anything just so long as they’re the baked and sugary variety
Words: Liam Barker
There aren’t many things better than those fairground-fresh fried doughnuts, dusted in icing sugar. You know the ones. You used to get ten for a quid. Well, You Doughnut has seen those old classics of yonder youth and raised them. Come in to watch the dough being rolled out and pressed into doughnut bites for the fryer, all made fresh to order. Instead of icing sugar, pick from cinnamon-sugar with salted caramel; popcorn and peanut brittle crumb; or vanilla-sugar with malted milk chocolate sauce. Since they’re only bite-size, you can legitimately order a hot chocolate complete with marshmallow fluff and doughnut pop. Tastes of our youth – but better.
Dinerama, 19 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EJ
What do you get if you cross a doughnut with a loaf of sourdough? That’s exactly the burning question that plagued the good folk at Crosstown, who stopped at nothing until they found their answer. Using the science behind the sourdough to create a signature collection of doughnuts, they came up with the ‘hybrid’, which has a stronger crumb and more of a bready texture, making the doughnut lighter and more delightful to eat. Yep, we feel better for having the answer to that one of life’s imponderables too.
Choose from a dizzying selection of flavours, all influenced by far-flung places across the globe. Go American with a peanut butter glaze and blackcurrant compote combination, or plump for an ode to Japan with vanilla bean glaze, matcha and white chocolate ganache filling. One sure-fire hit for the holidays is Crosstown’s Christmas mince pie doughnut. Doughnut bites are filled with home-made fruit mince, before being dipped in a brandy butter glaze and finished with a vanilla pie crust crumble.
157 Brick Lane, Aldgate East, E1 6SB
Serving up vegan doughnuts takes more than a little ingenuity. Luckily for us then, Dough Society has genius in spades, neatly expressed through its lighter and animal product-free renditions of the humble doughnut. Applying a brioche recipe for its indulgent doughnut collection, they are fluffy as air and deliver the feel-good factor for your conscience too. Find Dough Society at the new vegan market in the schoolyard beside Broadway market and sample the imaginative menu. Favourites include chocolate cookie dough, peanut pretzel, vanilla cinnamon and spiced apple crumble (we may have tried a few). These babies sell out daily, so don’t hang around.
Broadway Vegan Market, London Fields Primary School, Westgate St, E8 3RU
The good bakers at Rinkoff Bakery have been kneading traditional challah bread, sourdoughs and croissants for over 100 years. Consequently, they are virtuosos of the baked good, skills that – as GBBO enlightens us – take time and talent.
One of the keys to its longevity is surely its willingness to join in with the latest crazes – and then do them better. To prove it comes its crodough, or cronut. Oreos blended with soft cream cheese are injected through the flaky layers of the crodough, and finished off with crushed Oreos on top. Normal Oreos will seem basic forevermore.
224 Jubilee St, Stepney E1 3BS
Dum Dum Donutterie
Is there any such thing as a healthy doughnut? Come now, don’t be a dum dum. That said, this temple to excess does, at least, make one small concession to health: everything is baked rather than deep-fried. All of which means that you can feel slightly less guilty about trying its renowned Zebra doughnut. Dum Dum’s signature sugary ring contains layer-upon-layer of croissant dough and chocolate croissant dough, all filled with chocolate buttercream and topped off with ganache. Even the most rabid sugar fiend will, surely, be sated by the concoction, which also comes in a ten-inch version as an absurdly indulgent alternative to a birthday cake (10-inch versions of all classic doughnuts are available).
Unit 31, Box Park, Shoreditch, E1 6GY