Inspired by the Boston Globe's calendar section this week, hubby and I decided to conduct our own Donut Olympics.
Dunkin Donuts has been disgracefully dismissed from the trials, ever since they turned their blueberry cake donut into nothing better than a muffin with a hole in it. Krispy Kreme doesn't stack up for us either, it's just not a player here as we evaluate the goodness that is local delicious homegrown donuts.
A word about the standards: we are evaluating donuts in four categories. 1) The Cake Donut: our ideal cake donut has a crispy (not stale) outside, adorned with a light glaze. The inside should be firm, fragrant and fresh. 2) The Raised Donut: our ideal raised donut is light and airy. 3) The Jelly Donut: our ideal jelly donut is a light airy raised donut with a generous, non-artificial tasting jelly filling. Sugar garnish is optional. Our wild card is 4) The Specialty Donut: anything goes here, go ahead and knock our socks off.
The standard against which we are judging contenders in the Cake and Jelly categories is Kane's Donuts, about which I have rhapsodized here to excess.
Unfortunately, time constraints today limited our Olympics to one stop, but that was probably a good thing, as it seems that this week's Calendar inspired many others to make their own Donut Vision Quests.
We arrived at Demet's (199 Mystic Avenue, Medford) at around 10am on Sunday morning, just in time to snag the last 2 glazed cake donuts, but the blueberry cake donuts that were so highly praised in the Globe's article were, alas, long gone. We got 2 glazed raised and will have to visit another day for the jelly and blueberry cake donuts.
These are EXCELLENT cake donuts. In fact, and I hesitate to admit it (since Kane's has been at the top of my list for so long), I think they are knocking Kane's down. Smaller than Kane's enormous donuts, they leave one feeling less weighed down when all that's left is tasty crumbs. The crust is impeccable, the glaze isn't too heavy (as Kane's can sometimes be), the texture of the donut is soft and delectable.
The raised donuts took a bit longer to win my heart. With a bit overly strong yeasty taste, the first few bites were a bit strong, but by the end of the donut, I was seduced into making this one a contender. Time will tell if it keeps its perch at the top of the pile, but for now I'd say it's at least a solid silver medal.
We'll be continuing the competition when time allows, and will update accordingly.