Doughboys Doughnuts

Doughboys Doughnuts - Street View.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Street View.

Out comes a tray of fresh doughnuts, he grabs one and dips it into the orange zested vanilla icing. He places it on a cooling rack and gently sprinkles crushed pistachios over the top. He places it carefully into the box and calls my name. The box is exchanged with a nod of the head and a smile. I remove the doughnut from the box and take my first bite. The warm doughnut and incredible balance of flavour immediately warms my heart. It is devoured within minutes.  I think I’m in love.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Pistachio & Lime Coconut.

Doughboys Doughnuts – From left: Pistachio, Lime Coconut.

Doughboys doughnuts is a pop-up shop that make fresh gourmet doughnuts and great coffee every morning of the working week. The doughnuts are made to order and ‘dipped on demand.’ Your doughnut is crafted before your very eyes, which definitely adds to the excitement.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Doughnuts dipped on demand.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Doughnuts dipped on demand.

According to their website they are looking to hire some new bakers for summer which hopefully means they will stick around for a few more months. Fingers crossed. The sad thing about pop-ups, are that they don’t stick around forever so you sort of have to eat these fresh doughnuts every morning until they finish up to avoid severe doughnut remorse. This is where the magic happens. Doughnuts in the making.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Doughnuts in the making.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Doughnuts in the making.

It’s temporarily located at Mr Nice Guy Thai which is on Little Lonsdale Street (between King & William) but you enter though Healeys Lane. The place is funky and kitsch with the colourful mismatched tiles and oil stained mirror along the wall.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Inside.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Melbourne.

The flavours are original and unique (and most importantly, delicious!).  They alternate each day so sometimes they have different doughnuts available. I’m pretty sure they are all yum so it doesn’t matter which day you go.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Doughnut Display.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Doughnut Display.

We got a box of four. We tried the Cinnamon Apple, which was burnt cinnamon and torched apple on a vanilla bean glaze Y-U-M! there was also Lime Coconut, which was lemon and lime zested icing with toasted coconut, Choc Nut – Dark Monsieur Truffe cocoa with crushed walnuts and hazelnuts and Pistachio – orange zested vanilla icing with crushed up pistachio. All the doughnuts were really good. Plus they serve good coffee (Market Lane coffee) which is a bonus. Overall, it was a very good day.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Cinnamon Apple, Pistachio, Choc Nut & Lime Coconut Yum!

Doughboys Doughnuts – Cinnamon Apple, Pistachio, Choc Nut, Coconut Lime.

I really want to try the salted caramel one and also the maple bacon. My advice is to go early to avoid disappointment (I’d say preferably before 9am) because these doughnuts are a best seller and often sell out. I walked out of there with pep in my step, ready to take on the week (and the world).  It’s the perfect start to the day.

Olives x

Doughboys Doughnuts
Address: Shop J, 535 Little Lonsdale Street (enter via Healeys lane)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/doughboysdoughnutsmelbourne
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rading Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 11am

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San Churro

San Churro - Chapel st.

San Churro – Chapel Street Store.

San Churro is a chocolateria that serves a delicious range of desserts and drinks but most importantly they make Spanish Doughnuts aka Churros. Churros are not your standard doughnut (round with a hole in it), they are lines of pastry piped into the fryer making them crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. San Churro on Chapel St. specialise in making churros and they’re damn good at it.

The dimly lit store looks like a chapel with the wooden pews and the arched windows.  When you walk in, you can see the churro station and the white, milk and dark chocolate sauces churning in melting pots. There is a range of yummy ice creams, cakes and chocolates on display but I always go straight for the churros. We order our churros at the counter, take our number and find a seat. The freshly fried churros arrive and they look delish!

San Churro dusted with cinnamon sugar.

San Churro – Churros dusted with cinnamon sugar.

I pick up the warm deep-fried churro that had been generously dusted in cinnamon sugar (you can get icing sugar if you prefer) and submerge one end into the white chocolate dipping sauce. The smooth melted chocolate sort of tastes like condensed milk mixed with white chocolate, so delicious! The consistency of the dipping sauce is thick enough to coat the churro with an excessive amount of chocolate and thin enough to discreetly drink the leftover chocolate when nobody is watching.

San Churro - White chocolate and Dulce de Leche dipping sauce.

San Churro – White chocolate and Dulce de Leche dipping sauce.

As you dunk the churro into the chocolate and lift it out, the trick is to wait one second with your churro hovering over the sauce cup to make sure the chocolate drip settles before you transport it to your mouth. If you are impatient like me and can’t wait that necessary one second to let the chocolate drip settle, you will end up with chocolate dipping sauce all over the front of your fave shirt (happens every time). I remember the first time I tried churros, it was in the tiny and narrow San Churro store on Brunswick St. and I remember raving about the white chocolate sauce for weeks after. My friend is nuts about the dulce de leche which is a Spanish caramel. It’s a little smoother and creamier than normal caramel. She has the Dulce de leche hot chocolate, dips her churros in dulce de leche and then takes dulche de leche home for later.  I totally understand, it’s dulce de licious.

San Churro Spanish Hot Chocolate.

San Churro – Hot and cold (Spanish hot chocolate with white choc ice-cream).

The ‘Hot and Cold’ is a thick Spanish hot chocolate with a scoop of white chocolate ice-cream. Hot drinking chocolate and cold ice-cream is a match made in heaven. The ‘Hot and Cold’ tastes like a chocolate pudding liquefied. You feel like you’re drinking a homemade self-saucing pudding with fresh cream. It’s weird but amazing. I know that whenever I make choc pudding at home I find myself eating too much and feeling sick after but this way I can be served a controlled portion. They have a variety of hot chocolates flavours like hazelnut, mint, peanut butter (yum), chilli, ginger, dulce de leche and expresso or you can just have the regular hot chocolates in white, milk or dark chocolate which are a perfect winter warmer.

I heart San Churro!

Olives x

San Churro
Address: 150 Chapel Street, Windsor
Website: http://www.sanchurro.com
Phone: 03 9529 7559
Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-11pm, Fri 11-12am, Sat 10-12am, Sun 10-11pm

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American Doughnut Kitchen

American Doughnut Kitchen

American Doughnut Kitchen at Queen Victoria Market.

The American Doughnut Kitchen has been around since 1950. That is literally the year my mum was born. These doughnuts are what you call an oldie but a goodie. One traditional family recipe has had people lining up by the many for over half a century and will have people lining up for many more years to come.  These donuts are made fresh in the little van at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) and they are absolutely delicious.

My american doughnut with its doughnut friends in the background.

My american doughnut with its doughnut friends in the background.

These donuts are not your perfectly round style commercial donughts. Each little doughnut has its own unique shape. The dougnuts are crunchy on the outside and doughy in the middle filled with (burn your mouth) hot raspberry jam, covered in sweet (stick to your lips) sugar. There is something really clean about the oil they are deep-fried in. Every doughnut tastes like it was the first doughnut cooked that day. Personally I feel they have enough jam for my liking but a friend of mine always asks for extra jam and they are happy to accommodate.

American doughnut closeup.

American doughnut Kitchen doughnuts yumm.

Especially on Sundays, there is a very long ant trail of people lining up behind the food truck waiting to get their American doughnut fix. But the line moves at a reasonable speed so you aren’t waiting for too long. You can purchase one for a dollar or you can buy a pack of six for $6 dollars (wait a minute that’s the same price). But in saying that, that is a damn good price and these little guys are worth way more than a dollar, so buying in bulk is definitely the better option. You can easily down a six-pack in one sitting.

American Doughnut Kitchen Food Truck.

American Doughnut Kitchen Food Truck.

It would be rather unfortunate if your American Doughnut hankering occurred on a Monday or a Wednesday because the QVM is closed. But never fear, you can find a comparable jam filled doughnut with a similar level of deliciousness. The doughnuts at Olympic Doughnuts will cure your craving (just outside Footscray station). Plus at Olympic Doughnuts they have a fun jam-filling contraption that looks like a swordfish. The doughnut is impaled by the swordfish’s nose, then the bleeding jam doughnut is thrown upon a bed sugar, to then only be eaten by the next person in line (poor doughnuts).

I heart American Doughnut Kitchen!

Olives x

American Doughnut Kitchen
Address: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Website: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanDoughnutKitchen
Phone: 03 9417 6415 or 0412 224 083
Trading Hours:Tues & Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri 6-5pm, Sat 6-3pm, Sun 6-4pm

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Go nuts for cronuts!

Dossants/Cronuts

Dossants from Movida Bakery, inspired by the ‘cronut’.

What is a cronut? A cronut is a combination of a croissant and a donut. The name sounds silly but seems appropriate. When I hear that two of my favourite pastries are making a super pastry baby, naturally I want to meet it. The original trademarked ‘cronut’ is made in New York at Dominique Ansel Bakery but it can be identified under the alias of dossant or zonut in Australia.

So I was told that the only place to get this alleged cronut in Melbourne is at Movida Bakery in South Yarra so off I went. We got to the bakery and there was a selection of sweet and savory pastries, fresh breads and some delicious deli sandwiches yumm! But then I remembered that we came here on a specific mission to get cronuts, and by cronuts I mean dossants (wink wink).

Movida Bakery

Movida Bakery

We walked into the cute little bakery and ordered two dossants. I literally got the last two dossants. For me the last two? I should be so lucky. I hold on to them with dear life and walk out of there with a great big smile from ear to ear. I could not contain my excitement. I had no doubt in my mind that these dossants were going to be the most scrumptious little pastries to date. Admittedly they didn’t look fabulous but that didn’t worry me, in my mind they would be deliciously ugly and that was fine.

I also bought a cocoa meringue that sort of resembled a meteor, which reminded me of that asteroid game where you shoot the asteroids and they break into particles and then you have to obliterate the particles into space dust in order to save the world (well maybe not the world but definitely to save you and your spaceship). I made my own re-make of the Atari game starring my Movida Meteoringue. Same game but yummier!

Meteoringue

Objective: Destroy the Meteoringue

People in NY are going nuts for cronuts and are waiting in line for over two hours to buy the new pastry. People are buying cronuts in NY for $5 dollars, which is a reasonable price, but people are then selling them for more than six times that amount on what everyone keeps referring to as the black market. (I’ll take one heart, two kidneys and ooooh is that a cronut?) Not the real black market but word on the street is that cronuts are being sold at an inflated price to the people who cbf’d waiting in line. Seems you CAN buy patience.

So back to the dossant, I held it in my hand, paused, then took the first well-anticipated bite. I couldn’t believe my tastebuds, I sat there in disbelief and had to do a retake. I took another regretful bite and put it down. My excitement had plummeted. My first thought was ‘meh nothing special’, my second thought was ‘how could a croissant and a donut make such an ugly baby?’ and my first words were ‘do you want the rest of mine?’. I was suffering from severe devastation.

Before and After

Before: Going nuts for cronuts                         After: Severely Devastated

Granted the ones I tried are not the original trademarked cronuts but they are the only ones in Melbourne at the moment. Adriano Zumbo makes the ‘Zonut’ which is similar but his store is in Sydney.

I would like to try the original ‘Cronut’ but the guy who invented them seems a little possessive. Ansel has trademarked the name ‘cronuts’ but also tweeted that other bakers are ‘copycats’ and questioned if they would be able to look at him in the eye. Why so serious? He didn’t invent the croissant or donut but was happy to copy those pastries to create his idea. Once I made a dessert bagel with a donut acting as the bagel, and fresh whipped cream replacing the creme cheese. Should I trademark the Dogel?

This whole cronut experience has taught me that sometimes you may wait in line for so long trying to get what everyone else wants but once you get there you realise that cronuts totally suck and the thing you wanted so badly wasn’t what you wanted at all. Find out what matters to you and follow that line instead.

Olives x