Donuts are clearly among one of the newest food trends. There’s something very warming about a well done doughnut that has all the fuzzy feelings of childhood. Several places have opened up here around DC and it seems like the newest breakfast must have is here to greet you at 5:00 AM, just like that little ray of sunshine sneaking in through the window blinds.
I’m sure you’ve heard about all kinds of crazy concoctions like the original “cronut” which weirded me out as I very much like croissants and I very much like real doughnuts for very differing reasons. Maybe I am missing something. And then when Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme do a rip off you know that you’re in the land of the hip, cool and mass produced. But real, honest doughnuts seem to have found their rebirth from passionate pastry chefs who are giving them the love and attention they deserve.
Take District Doughnut, a lovely little bakery I stumbled upon immediately after a giant brunch during the holidays. And what is one to do? Just keep eating. I made a very poor decision and shared one with a friend, which after my first bite I immediately regretted. The brown butter doughnut was 1,000 times more interesting than what I was expecting. It was sweet without killing your teeth and the frosting was a perfect compliment, no fighting flavors or over powering sugariness that is typical with mass produced pastries. The doughnut itself was light and moist while the cinnamon sugar and baked crust gave it a delightful amount of crunch.
I also really enjoy their story. People who try multiple things in life have the best experiences and dedication to doing what they love. And while I would appreciate an experiment with a true savory doughnut, I am glad to see that they are sticking to one trend at a time instead of mashing everything together at once.
The team at District Doughnut is very passionate about their product and its evident in the taste and experience you have there. I can’t wait to see what they do next!