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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Beechwood Doughnuts

Cutest storefront ever.
So many of the Hamilton foodies rave about Beechwood doughnuts. I was lucky enough to have a taste or two when Jen from TasteHamOnt brought some to Sid's epic birthday brunch at Saltlick Smokehouse.  I was amazed at how buttery they tasted, especially because Beechwood is a vegan bakery!  So, since we were on vacation this week (yeeeesss, March Break!), we decided to go on an adventure.
As usual, we went big, because you either go big or go home.
We decided we needed to try lots of kinds, and we had plans with friends that night, so we kinda went whole hog.  Above, you will see the following doughnuts (starting with the left row, top from bottom): French Toast, Strawberries 'n Cream, Death by Chocolate, Cherry Chocolate Fritter, Pistashio, Toasted Coconut, Banana Cream, Chocolate Cherry Fritter, Dutchie, Maple Dip, Caramel Chocolate Crunch and Apple Fritter.  
Caramel Chocolate Crunch
These are not inexpensive doughnuts.  We paid about $27 for the box.  Not ridiculous, but not cheap either.  However, they are HUGE.  To be fair, I have small hands, but it is bigger than my hand.  I practically had to unhinge my jaw to have the first bite (and yes, I am now a Parseltongue).
Apple Fritter
 The doughnuts were all light and fluffy. The dough is perfect.  You would never know these are vegan.  Overall, the flavour combinations were terrific.
Pistachio
 Our complaints were small.  The one place where it's clear that these doughnuts are vegan are those filled with whipped edible-oil product (in our selection, the Banana Cream and the Strawberries 'n Cream).  I was especially disappointed that the Banana cream was filled with that instead of some kind of delicious banana-y pudding - maybe because it would be too heavy and soak through?  Either way, the fake whipped cream just didn't do it for me and took away from what otherwise would have been my favourite doughnut.
Cherry Chocolate Fritter
 The other doughnut that didn't knock our socks off was Death by Chocolate.  There wasn't anything wrong with it, but there wasn't anything special about it either.  It felt like a Tim Horton's doughnut with better dough.  Don't get me wrong - we finished it, but we didn't fight over the last bite.
Death by Chocolate
 The doughnuts that really impressed us were the Apple Fritter, Cherry Chocolate Fritter, Chocolate Caramel Crunch (nuts on doughnuts are everything) and the Roasted Coconut.  Except for the filling, both the Strawberries 'n Cream and the Banana Cream had outstanding flavours.
Strawberries 'n Cream
Would we go back?  I'm not sure I would make the drive all the way to St. Catharines just for these. We really liked them, but that's a bit of a haul.  That said, if we were going out to Dillons to pick up some libations, I could see us going the extra few kilometers to get some, or stopping before we go over into 'Murica to pick up stuff.  
Apple Fritter
And if you're in St. Kitts, stop by..  Grab a doughnut.  I think you'll find it's a delicious way to start your day.  Or end it. Or middle it. Whatever. Look at that chunk of apple.  Clearly, this is a healthy choice.

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