Sunday, November 29, 2015

Temptation

     It's probably a good thing I'm a slow riser.  At least, good in terms of my eating a proper diet.  You see, The Dancing Donut is located between Roseholme Cottage and my work.  I can count on being able to stop by once a week, maybe twice if neither of my days off falls on Monday, when they are closed.

     If I could find time to go there every morning, I probably would.

     Their menu changes very slowly.  I have been working my way through it, starting with items I knew I'd enjoy, like "Nutella the Hun," a donut filled with Nutella-based cream and rolled in cinnamon sugar, and "Fritta Astair," an excellent apple fritter. 

     Yesterday, I bought a couple of innocent-looking, regular-sized powdered-sugar donuts, figuring they were nothing special, just a good, dependable standard.  They even call them the "Plain Jane."

     I underestimated them.  By a lot.

     At one time -- and it wasn't that long ago -- there were still a few hole-in-wall* coffee & sinkers joints left around town.  Most of them fried cake-type batter in deep hot fat, producing a slightly chewy-crunchy crust around a light and airy inside.  Served up still hot after a quick roll in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar, they were a genuine treat, one I haven't had in over twenty years -- and  the ones Dancing Donut makes are exactly that kind, but even better.  It's a taste treat from the past!  Not the cheapest place to buy donuts but my, oh my -- and their cappuchino's good, too.
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* In some cases, without even much of a wall -- there was one by the 24-hour laundromat in Carmel in what appeared to be a former Fotomat booth.  It was worthwhile to time one's laundry to finish just as their first batch of the morning came off the cooling rack.  Yum!

7 comments:

Ken said...

Oddly, the town in which I earn my family's keep (names concealed to protect, well, everyone) has exactly no good donut shops. There are two good bagel joints, but all it has for donuts is Dunkin' (better than they used to be, but what they used to be was one enzyme away from hard plastic, so it's a low bar indeed) and the grocery store bakery sections, which are so-so.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

My wife used to sell cell phones and pagers out of that booth :-)

The Big Guy said...

We have an amazing family bakery a stone's throw from my house in Jax Beach - Cinotti's - thats been around for years. They bake bread for all the local sandwich shops, pretzels for the bars, the best cakes & pies in addition to amazing doughnuts.
The fall/winter specialty is a pumpkin spice cake doughnut, and the spring/summer special is a key lime doughnut.
On a related note, do you remember, as a young'un, having little cinnamon donuts - store-bought & frozen, and heated up in the oven?
Morton's was the brand I think...
Anyone?

TBG

Merle Morrison said...

When I lived in Newport News, VA the Duncan on Jefferson Ave was great, the others, not so much! Guess which one they closed?

Merle

Anonymous said...

No good doughnut shop near me, just 'Dunkin' and 'Krispy Kreme'.

The only saving grace is a fantastic 'Noo Yawk' style bagel shop nun by a NYC native that gets my weekly biz...

The Geriatric Cat does enjoy the lox, but not the cryogenic variety (LOX)...

One of the few good things about big city living is the sheer variety of foods.

Josh B said...

I envy you!

When I was a young'n, my dad would take me to Doughboy Donuts once or twice a week. A very kind Asian lady owned it. Best cake donuts I've ever had.

Later lived with my mom, we would go to the local donut shop every couplea months. Their glazed "raised" donuts must have had magic as one of the ingredients. If you didn't get there by 6:30, you could expect to wait 20 minutes or more for one of them...

Unknown said...

Many years ago there was a diner at Pennsylvania Avenue and Market Street just east of the Circle. They had the best donuts anywhere - Downey Dunker Donuts - the box had a drawing of a guy wearing a tuxedo lifting his top hat. Best cinnamon donuts anywhere. The Donut Shop on Keystone just west of your housemates gun range is good (maple bacon donuts, mmmmmmm) and cheaper than the artisonal place. Rosslyn was okay, but the bakery was dirty and rat infested.....