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Favorite Donut Shop Treats

  • Nov 30, 2009
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I often Lunch at one of my best friend's donut shop.  Since we've been friends for a while, I grew to really hate donuts and didn't eat them for, literally, years since I pretty much OD'ed on them during the beginning of our friendship.  It wasn't until just a couple of month ago that I started eating donuts again and uncovered my newfound love for them, so I'm creating this list through the fresh eyes of a new donut lover.

The list goes as follows: donuts at the top, pastries at the bottom.  If you have time to don't rate and comment on this list, I don't blame you; I'd be running out to my local donut shop right about now, too.  And while you're at it, you might wanna use my Favorite Cafe Beverages list for inspiration as well ;D
Raised Donut
Nothing like a classic raised donut. I prefer sugar over glazed and chocolate. I swear when a donut is covered in sugar, its fluffiness and texture is so much better on the inside. Or I could just be crazy :) These are the fluffiest and airiest of all donuts. Ironic that they don't make me feel the least bit fluffy or airy after eating them. Okay, maybe fluffy in a not-so-good way :x
French Cruller
I like to call these princess donuts. They totally looks like something that I would've constructed out of play doh machine. The taste and texture of these remind me of churros. Sometimes, when I'm hanging out in the back inside the donut kitchen (where all the magic happens!), and these French donuts happen to be super fresh, before they cover it in glaze, I always take a couple and cover it in cinnamon and sugar so that it's almost like a churro.
Jelly Filled Donut
Like a raised donut... except filled with jelly! My favorite is raspberry, though I do stray to lemon and blueberry from time to time. These were my favorite when I was a kid, but I've learned that super sweet jelly on top, or rather inside, of something that's already fried and glaze is never great for your health. Doesn't stop me from eating one of these once in a while though!
Devil's Food Donut
Like a cake donut, except chocolate-y. They're dense, cake-y, and come with a variety of frostings and toppings. I'm pretty hardcore, so I get triple chocolate -- devil's food cake donut with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles :D
Apple Fritter
If the devil was a donut, it'd be an apple fritter. I dig my apple fritters complicated looking. These babies are made from the leftover scrap dough from donut making, which is a problem for some people (I never understood why), but definitely not a problem for me. Well, except for the fact that these are fried for the longest and that it has more crevices for oil to seep into, but that's okay, those crevices also get filled with sweet apple bits.
Custard Filled Donut Bar
Some people mistakenly call these eclairs. No, they're not filled with cream; it's custard, and its got a donut shell! One time, just for kicks, I filled up a bar with half a pound of custard (yes, I put it on a food scale) till the donut shell exploded, then I ate most of it. I hated myself afterward.
Cake Donut
I prefer the devil's food version over the regular cake donut cuz who doesn't like chocolate? When I am in the mood for a cake donut though, I like mine with white frosting and rainbow sprinkles. I call it, the party donut :D
Old Fashioned Donut
These are probably one of the most dense donuts. I think they're alright. I never understood how people have eaten them plain though. I need at least a little bit of glaze on it. I've always been curious about the etymology of "old fashioned donut", but have never found an explanation for it. Are these like, the first ever donuts?
Donut Hole
This is what I eat when I want a taste of donut, but don't want to/shouldn't eat a whole one. The problem with that, though, is that they're so tiny and you can so easily pop 'em in your mouth that one donut hole turns into ten and by the time you're through, you think, "I might as well have just gotten a whole donut". Donut holes are fun, though, when they're made from various donut doughs, covered with various frostings and then different toppings.
Buttermilk Donut
The densest of all donuts. Don't think I've ever finished one before! I like heating these up slightly as that really brings the buttermilk essence out of them. Not only is it dense, but it's cake-y dense and really sweet, so eating the very center of it might be a bit much, but the glazed outside -- yum!
Cinnamon Twist Donut
A braided donut! It's like a raised donut with cinnamon filling each crevice of the braid. Though they're yummy, they're also huge. Just waaaay too much donut for me! I rarely ever order these unless I'm sharing. I'm sticking to the raised, if I feel like this type of donut :)
Cinnamon Roll Donut
This is just too much donut for me! After I eat one, I swear it feels like I just ate five raised donuts in one. They sure are in a fun shape, and it's amusing to "unroll" it and eat it in a strip.
*drool* I love croissants! Best when fresh, easy to pull apart and melt-in-your-mouth soft and buttery delicious. Sometimes I use them to make BLTs, culminating in the most unhealthy and fattening sandwich ever. Most times, though, I dig ham and cheese croissants. Mmmmm!
Apple Turnover
Mmmmm, crispy, flaky pastry crust filled with thick, gooey, apple filling, generally topped with coarse sugar, too, for an extra crunch. They don't look like it, but when they're fresh, they're actually really soft, airy and easy to chew through.
Danish (pastry)
These things are so terrible for me. Totally a guilty pleasure! As if the pastry itself wasn't already buttery enough, they had to fill it with super sweet filling and then douse it with equally sweet glaze. My favorite is the one baked with cream cheese in it. I can be content just scooping the cream cheese filling out of a danish. It's kind of like a cheesecake on top of a danish!

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April 12, 2012
What? No beignets???? ;-) Cool list, dev!
September 17, 2010
Wow this must be Homer Simpsons Heaven.
January 17, 2010
Is there such a thing as a vegan donut... because your list is making me very hungry. LOL!
January 17, 2010
Vegan donuts do indeed exist! You just have to find a place that uses vegan flour.  Actually, @Ulalume reviewed this place called Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe that might have it ;)
December 08, 2009
Awesome list! Doughnuts are death, but amazing haha. I'm a sucker for the Old Fashion doughnuts, glazed of course!! I think it's because they are so heavy that I only eat one and that's it. I guess it's like a doughnut diet!
January 15, 2010
Hey, a donut diet is still a diet of some sort ;)
November 30, 2009
My faves are # 2 (the chocolate one though), 14, 5,10, 6 and 4. I try to be good when it comes to breakfast but every now and then I still indulge in a donut or two. The apple fritter in Starbucks is among the best IMO. Nice list...you're making me hungry!
November 30, 2009
I have a question; is it officially spelled donut or doughnut? the mysteries of pastry...LOL
November 30, 2009
Um, it looks like you're ready to make your own donut/pastry list! ;P I'll have to try the Starbucks one apple fritter.

It's officially spelled "doughnut", but most people, including myself, are too lazy to type out the whole thing, so "donut" works just fine ;D
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