Warning: This post will make you hungry.
I had the pleasure of trying out some gourmet doughnuts from a little shop in Toronto called Glory Hole Doughnuts. I am a doughnut fan but I find most of the doughnuts out there to be very cakey/dry. On a bit of a mission to find the doughnut of all doughnuts, I succeeded beyond my expectations when biting into a doughnut the size of a NBA player's hand.
Glory Hole doughnuts opened up on August 25, 2012 by creator Ashley Jacot along with the help of her husband Ron. Ashley has been involved in the culinary world since 2004 where she attended George Brown college for the culinary skills program. After that she had careers at Buca and Stubbe Chocolates and eventually made the decision to open up a place of her own. “Doughnuts have always been the perfect indulgence for me…..a good cup of joe, a cinnamon sugar doughnut and a cigarette to finish it off”. Her love of doughnuts and yeast risen products is what kick started her into creating GHD.
Here at GHD we add a lot of love and affection to each doughnut. We believe that adding robots and more equipment tampers with the quality of our product. Although robots are pretty cool.
Every doughnut is made with natural ingredients, by hand, fresh everyday. In order to do this our mornings here at the Hole start long before the sun comes up.
We use a yeast dough for most of our doughnuts. Yeast dough’s are very time consuming and temperature sensitive, a slight change in temperature affects the dough drastically.
The shop is located at 1596 Queen St W and I was taken back at how cute and inviting the store felt. On display were all of the delicious doughnuts that were making me salivate! I briefly spoke to Ashley who graciously let me try a few of her very popular and very massive doughnuts. I tried the PB and J, Vanilla Glaze, Pina Colada and Nanaimo Bar. I brought the box back to work and cut the doughnuts up into 4’s so that the girls and I could all try a little piece of each. Sharing is caring :)
We all tried the vanilla glaze first and kind of looked at each other in awe because we really couldn't believe how freakin delicious a doughnut can actually be. Trying these doughnuts has made me realize that all of those coffee shop doughnuts I grew up eating are the no-name brands of the doughnut world, gourmet doughnuts are where its AT! Every flavor was amazing, the PB and J was my fav though. The doughnuts were so fresh, airy and just melted in your mouth. The only problem with these doughnuts were that they were addictive and they kind of put you into a sugar coma that makes you fall asleep at your desk.
If you’re ever around the area please be sure to stop in and say hi to Ashley and indulge in one of her amazing flavors of gourmet doughnuts. These doughnuts are worth the extra cash and are so much more satisfying than anything ever created at Tim Hortons!
For info about ordering and flavours please check out the website at: http://www.gloryholedoughnuts.com/ordering/