I don’t know about you but I find it a little exhausting to keep up with all the “latest dessert craze” concoctions out there. First it was cupcakes, then it was macarons, then the Cronut, followed by the Frozen S’more, and then the Donnoli. This morning I was watching a clip of Fox News at the gym and they were featuring Dominique Ansel’s latest creation: The Ice Cream Waffle. It’s ice cream molded into the shape of a waffle, with chunks of waffle mixed into the ice cream, then drenched in maple syrup. Although the dessert sounded amazing, I have no crazy intention to visit his bakery any time soon, nor any outrageous plan to line up for it, if it ever gets to that point.
I have a lot of respect for Dominique Ansel; he’s reinventing classics. And while we still need those who bring the creative playing field up a level, we can’t forget those that have established a name on their own just by practicing their raft. You have to think of it this way, when it’s good, when it’s great, it will last a long time. It doesn’t matter how soon you have to try it, you’ll eventually get to try it. Trends will past, but classics will never die.
With that said, I would like to revisit an American classic. The doughnut. An underrated breakfast and dessert option all at the same time. Heck, you can even consider it lunch and dinner if they’re going to replace your hamburger buns. Hand me a box of Krispy Kreme and I’m all over it, who wouldn’t? But I wanted to shed some light on a little bakery in my town called Montclair Bread Company. For quite some time I had only tried their handcrafted breads and sticky buns, since I was only able to stop by their store in the afternoon on weekdays. But their best days to go are Sundays, when their star-worthy doughnuts are available. Also available in limited flavors on Friday and Saturday, the young lady behind the counter said that Sundays are still the best days to go for all of their “off-the-menu” flavors.
I was scheduled to have family this past Sunday so I had figured: Why not purchase one of each of what they had to offer? I had arrived at their store front literally 10 minutes after opening so anxious to get my hands on everything they had created that day. Little did I know that they were still making flavors when I had got there. I had initially ordered one of each like I had planned, which equated to 10 donuts, when someone behind closed doors came out and said, “Would you like an Apple Fritter?” And while I had waited for my Apple Fritter to finish frying (she said it would take 5 minutes), the other lady behind the counter every two minutes would say, ” We also have this flavor called _______ , do you want it?” How does one really object to such an opportunity? My diet was out the window for the day the second I walked through their threshold. And since I would have help consuming these wonderful doughnuts, I didn’t think it would be too terrible to get them.
End result? These donuts were grade A!! The quality of ingredients were super noticeable. Nothing was overly sweet, which surprised me considering we were still in America. The flavors were spot on, and boy did they not skimp on the filling! My best tip for all my readers: definitely get the doughnuts will the filling that are permanently on the menu. They’ve practically perfected all of them.
Prime example: The Nutella doughnut. Look at all that Nutella! It’s straight from the jar!
My favorite was the Powdered Jelly. The jelly wasn’t super sweet, not did the confectioner’s sugar get everywhere. The fact that they had packaged it next to the Peanut Crunch doughnut in my box, only made me pick up a piece of the Peanut and run it through the glob of jelly that was left at the bottom of the box. It was heavenly!
Bacon, never gets old in my book. Maple Bacon on the other hand, I accept with open arms.
The off-the-menu flavors will make your eyes bulge. Check out this Blueberry Crumb, filled with blueberry.
Montclair Bread Company is located at 113 Walnut Street (Open 7am – 2pm on Sundays). For their weekly Sunday Doughnut menu, be sure to check out: http://sundaydoughnuts.blogspot.com/