Geoff and I commenced a scientific study last weekend – to find the most delicious donut-like pastry in London. A tough job, but we’re up to the challenge (and all those clichés). This is not to say that we’ve been avoiding donuts since we moved here but we’re now adopting a rigorous, scientific approach. This may involve re-visiting bakeries that we’ve previously enjoyed, but it’s all in the name of science!
The first experiment involved ‘cronuts’ from Rinkoff (about £2) and Dum Dum Donutterie (£3).
is a small baker/cafe tucked in amongst flats down in Whitechapel. In
fact, it felt like we were in the communal area attached to the flats,
rather than a public area. Rinkoff opened in 1911 and it looks like it
has been a while since a refurbishment. However, they are clearly a
well-loved part of the community as evidenced by the number of customers
who came in and out, ordering quickly, as Geoff and I chose our
treats. We bought a peanut butter and jam crodough and a caramel
Dum Dum Donutterie,
on Brick Lane, is not far from Rinkoff in distance, but a long way in
terms of style; it’s a shiny and bright store, selling modern pastries.
We bought a zebra ‘cro’ – vanilla and chocolate.
the Rinkoffs crodough looked more like a donut – any layers of pastry
were very close to one another, so hard to distinguish croissant-like
layers. As well as peanut butter and jam on top, there was some jam
inside and the overall PB&J flavour was good, the donut was nice and
not heavy but not much like a croissant.
Dum Dum zebra was more croissant-like with very obvious layers of
pastry, probably enhanced by the colour variation between the chocolate
and vanilla pastry layers. The overall chocolate taste was too light –
the stronger flavour was general sweetness.
Finally, the Rinkoff brownie was amazing. Rich and chocolatey, gooey and oozing swirls of caramel. The overall winner.