Sunday, March 2, 2014

Doughnut Evolution: Update

Posted By on Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

click to enlarge Cherry Blossom Bakery meddles with forces it does not understand. - DREW HYLAND
  • Drew Hyland
  • Cherry Blossom Bakery meddles with forces it does not understand.

In the most important use of social media since the Arab Spring, a reader informed us that Cherry Blossom Bakery (2940 F St., Eureka) has had croissant doughnuts for months ($2.25). I called ahead to put a hold on the last two of the day (not a bad idea, since they run out quickly).

click to enlarge The offspring of a croissant, a doughnut and an eclair. - DREW HYLAND
  • Drew Hyland
  • The offspring of a croissant, a doughnut and an eclair.

Totally different doughnut. Instead of puffing up all springy and poofy, these are flattened and heavy. Don't be put off — they are also buttery and rich, filled with thick, eggy custard and topped with chocolate glaze.

click to enlarge A fried pie covered in cake, and you can still eat it for breakfast. - DREW HYLAND
  • Drew Hyland
  • A fried pie covered in cake, and you can still eat it for breakfast.

According to the lovely woman who bagged up the pastries, the baker occasionally gets "a wild hair" and experiments. This week's yield is a Cherry Log, filled with cherry pie filling, glazed and dusted with cake crumbs, and a chocolate-glazed doughnut that's fried with slightly salty peanut butter inside ($2.25 each). Pick up the latter if you have a pregnant woman in your life. But she's going to need a glass of milk and to turn off her phone first — it's a mouthful.
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