Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Turning Doughnuts Into Other Breakfast Foods

It's been forever since I last posted. But a recent doughnut breakfast has me motivated again.

Last month, Mrs. B and I were in Florida visiting the in-laws. Besides the doughnuts, highlights included my bi-yearly golfing outing with Mr. P - I lost eleven balls which is two less than last time - making daiquiris in a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville frozen drink machine, and seeing my fist live armadillo on the side of the highway.

Our first doughnut came from Abbe's in Northport, an endearingly divey little place in a strip mall. It happened to be the shop's birthday - doughnuts were only $.35 cents in celebration - and we sat outside in between a father/son kettle corn team and line of chain smokers waiting for doughnuts. The setting made for an interesting background odor.

We went with an orange. It wasn't so much speckled with fresh, local Florida citrus, as it was flecked with neon, Martian bits, which may or may not have had any taste behind the big, bold fried flavor of the cake dough. Aside from the lack of dicernable orange, not a bad doughnut.

Buddha Belly Donuts

But the better of the two doughnut encounters took place at Buddha Belly Donuts. Buddha Belly is modern and more urban than most doughnut shops. Mrs. P said it was more Ikea than Henredon, who must sell unmodern furtniture. The doughnuts are trendy and somewhat artisan to match; somewhere in between Voodoo and The Doughnut Plant.


Buddha Belly Stools

First there was the peanut butter. A light, pillowy raised dough gave way to a super rich, creamy center. Together with the smooth chocolate frosting there was a definite Reese's Cup aspect to the whole thing.

The plain glazed was equally good. Simple, yeasty, sweet and light: the essential glazed descriptors.

So far so good. But the real shocker was Buddha Belly's incorporation of doughnuts into other traditional breakfast foods. I know the "everything with bacon" trend is getting stale, but still, a breakfast sandwich built on a doughnut is inherently WAY more appetizing than a caffeinated bacon sucker pop. We also ordered one with sausage and in both cases sweet glaze and savory pork were natural companions; throw in soft eggy eggs and gooey cheese and the result had Mr. P claiming, "That was one of the finest breakfast sandwiches I've ever had."

Better yet was the doughnut French toast. I'm not sure how this concept has eluded me all these years. But the airy, squishy, pliable dough of most yeast doughnuts is the perfect foundation for French toast. Similar to Hallah bread with the extra essence of fried. Buddha serves their awesomely addictive morning meal with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Next up: A backlog of pics from Top Pot in Seattle.

Abbe's Donut Shop
13625 South Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287-2018
(941) 426-5758

Buddha Belly Donuts
1990 Main Street, Sarasota, FL


Philip Marshall said...

Now if we could work in thick cut bacon with black pepper into a chocolate something donut the world would be perfect before 9am.
Cheers and good hunting.

Pam said...

I love your is so fun!


Kelly said...

I dream about that breakfast donut.

Jack said...

If you're ever in the Bay Area, you might enjoy checking out Psycho Donuts:

The local mental health community is not so happy, but everyone else seems to enjoy it.

Jack said...

If you're ever in the Bay Area, you might enjoy checking out Psycho Donuts:

The local mental health community is not so happy, but everyone else seems to enjoy it.

Susan @ SGCC said...

Great post! I live in Sarasota and just a few miles from Buddha Belly. They make the most amazing doughnuts! Sometimes, my car goes on auto pilot to get there! Call me a purist, but my faves are their plain old glazed doughnuts.

Anonymous said...

So glad to see Buddha Belly here - they are the BEST!

Anonymous said...

Somewhere up north i saw a dougnut burgers served at the football game stadium... but any way i love buddha dougnuts.....esp the cinn melts in your mouth

Kerri said...

Are you freakin' kidding me? A doghnut breakfast sandwich?! Wait until I show my husband this!

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Anonymous said...

I see from your list that you've been to quite a few donut shops in many states... but you haven't made it to Ohio!!
If you're ever in Ohio, you should definitely check out Buckeye Donuts, which is a campus donut shop in Columbus Ohio. It's been serving the Ohio State University campus crowd for years. The best ones (in my opinion) are the blueberry cake and apple fritter. Bow ties are pretty good too.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I enjoy all of the lists of top 10 places to get a donut, etc. Perhaps the experience of an extra amazing donut in my case was aided by the long climb, but there is nothing like eating a donut at the top of Pikes Peak in the Summit House, after climbing up the mountain. That donut must be what manna in the wilderness was like.


maglindracia said...

those doughnut sandwiches had me salivating like crazy!! Now I am going to want one and wnat one and want one....and probably the french toast too. I will be cursing about the cravings for months. Stupid suggestive pictures! lol.

I've been banished to Texas for the last 12 years, and I can't find a decent doughnut *anywhere* near here. Saw the place on your top ten list but the drive is impossible. I am so tired of the big Texan brag about their doughnuts, too....every one i have had is bland and tastes like sugar and chemicals, not even good texture. And no one has even heard of either maple bars or chocolate cake with choccie frosting!!! Its a wasteland that I live in..... /cry. Seriously, if anyone knows of good doughnuts in the north Dallas and northward area, say something!

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Anonymous said...

another place you need to look at is called boomerang bakery in deer lodge montana.... they make cake and raised donuts and my favorite a peanut butter and jelly bear claw

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