Last week I went in search of the best donut Canberra has to offer. It was a little trickier than I thought it would be. A lot of readers reminisced about donuts that were available back in the day, which made me realise that donuts (fresh donuts in particular) may be an old favourite, but they are definitely getting harder to come by.
The Hamlet, which opened up last week in Braddon and is a part of Nookie Espresso in Garema Place was suggested many times however, I made three trips out to the city to acquire some donuts and all three times I was unable to buy them, I was either too late or they were simply not available on that day. I am still eager to try them and will continue to pop in whenever I can.
The runners up were Italian Continental Bakery in Mawson and Ricardo’s in Jamison. I headed to Ricardo’s and picked up a Salted Caramel and Reese’s pieces cronuts (Riccardo’s only sell cronuts). For those of you who have not been introduced to the cronut, it is a cross between a croissant (layered and buttery) and a donut. Cronuts are currently all the rage, but do they really fall into the category of a donut?! Anyways I could potentially be bias here because I have an obsession with Salted Caramel but this was the winner for me at Ricardo’s. There was so much caramel … I wanted five more.
Next I headed out to Italian Continental Bakery and got myself a traditional Italian donut and a chocolate cronut. Italian Continental had a larger variety of donuts, including jam and custard filled. Both were delicious, and not comparable really. Italian donuts are also not like traditional, light, fluffy and cinnamon covered donuts; instead they are quite dense, doughy and are only rolled in sugar. None the less it was yummy, as was the chocolate cronut which seemed to be filled with more of a chocolate custard, it was very nice.
Although I am extremely impressed with the donuts and cronuts that I did find, I am slightly disappointed that it is harder to find freshly fried donuts, rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Oh the child hood memories! But a winner must be chosen … and it’s going to have to be Ricardo’s salted caramel cronut!