My wife had diabetes and near the end of her life had moved to a Keto diet. She expressed at one point the desire to have a “good doughnut,” a desire that was never filled. As such I have undertaken a search for a “good doughnut” in her memory. I will over several weeks try to work out the best supermarket, and best “premium” doughnut. Here are my findings thus far.
Krispy Kreme own site
Stop one – Krispy Kreme, Peterborough
I tried a limited edition Reece’s Peanut Butter doughnut as a treat. The Reece’s was a bit on the sweet side, and at 400 calories a bit excessive, but nice for a treat. The “cake” was light and not oily and the chocolate topping was glossy and very rich. If not a fan of peanut butter give it a miss, as it is very peanut-ty. I also had an apple pie flavoured doughnut. This again had the light Krispy Kreme dough and the apple filling was lightly spiced and pleasantly sweet. The amount of filling was ample, without overflowing at each bite. The sprinkling of sugar on the surface in a pie crust lattice shape was light and didn’t coat the lips. The doughnut dough recipe is one of my favourites, and the other contenders will have a fight on their hands.
Stop Two: Greggs’, Thetford, Norfolk
The new Greggs’ outlet in Thetford is still fresh and clean and seemed a good place for that franchise to show its stuff. I had a caramel topped custard filled doughnut and in the absence of a plain glazed ring, I went with a milk chocolate topped ring. The “cake” of both was moist but not incredibly fluffy. The flavour of the dough was average, and in the case of the iced ring it was good that it was topped as it gave the doughnut something it was otherwise missing. The filled doughnut was heavily filled with commercial custard. In fact, it was filled sufficiently to ooze from the cake with the first bite. If a custard fan, then a plus, if you are on the way to a meeting be warned as it might well leave you with a little more than you were expecting. The flavour was good though, and at only about 2/3 the price of Krispy Kreme an okay deal. A word on the coffee – strong and slightly bitter, okay for something warm, but not a “go to” pick-me-up.
Stop Three: Sainsbury’s “Patisserie” (In-store bakery) – Mildenhall, Suffolk
The baker’s counter at Sainsbury often has some delicious looking treats, so I made it stop three of the War of the Rings. There were no filled doughnuts on offer, not were their standard glazed rings, so a salted caramel yum yum and an iced chocolate ring were given the test. Price-wise the iced ring was the cheapest so far at 4 doughnuts for £1.30. The cake texture was firm and, owing to some (very little indeed) chocolate cream in the centre of the ring, fairly moist. The filling was runny and offered more in moisture than it did in flavour. The icing was glossy and sweet without being overpowering. The yum yum was rather dry. The salted caramel was nicely balanced in its sweetness, and the pecan pieces enhanced the taste. The cake itself was rather average however.