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Our Homer’s Odyssey into Toronto’s doughnuts continues…

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Do you remember the first time you had Tiny Tom Donuts? I can, it was at CNE and while I haven’t actually been to the Ex in years, there will always be a fairly substantial part of my heart devoted to baby doughnuts that come into the world via conveyor belt. So, imagine my delight when Little Nicky’s set up shop back in 2010 and we all started enjoying their mini doughnuts made bar-top for all to see (and smell). The best seat in the house actually faces the “donut robot” that sends piping hot doughnuts tumbling towards you straight out of the fryer. They’re made to order, tossed in cinnamon sugar and served hot. True to form, Little Nicky’s has bucked the trend of specialty doughnut shops that constantly experiment with new/innovative flavours because sometimes all you want is something simple and perfect to dip in your coffee. If only they had endless batter and longer hours (till 6pm daily and closed Sundays), I might sit by the fryer and fade away like Degas’ absinthe lady. Mini doughnuts are $2.75 for six, $4 for a dozen.

BHH BLOG Little Nicky

More Toronto Doughnuts: Bake Lab / Benna’s Bakery & DeliBonjour Brioche / Caldense Bakery /Glory Hole / Mexi-Can Market / Nova Era Bakery / Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken / Venezia Bakery

Little Nicky’s Coffee
375 Queen St. W. | Yelp

Our Homer’s Odyssey into Toronto’s doughnuts continues…

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The iconic Granowska’s may have closed down, but those hankering for Polish treats at Roncesvalles can still find pączki (Polish doughnuts) at Benna’s Bakery & Deli. Amidst the jars of pickles, the sauerkraut and kielbasa, and the perogies (those tasty, tasty perogies), you’ll find the spongy doughnuts at Benna’s pastry counter. The traditional filling is a stewed plum jam, but you’ll find other fruits as well.

While these doughnuts are made and bought year-round, pączki are especially enjoyed on Pączki Day, harkening back to a time as far as the 17th century when flour, sugar, butter, and milk were brought to a holy union and fried in lard by Catholic Poles  feasting before Lent. I doubt anyone uses fat for frying today, but the doughnut was definitely rich and sweet, the sort of treat you’ll have before going on a more secular fast.

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More Toronto Doughnuts: Bake Lab / Bonjour Brioche / Caldense Bakery /Glory Hole / Mexi-Can Market / Nova Era Bakery / Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken /  Venezia Bakery

Benna’s Bakery & Deli
135 Roncesvalles Ave. | Yelp

 

A year to the day that we embarked, our Homer’s Odyssey into Toronto’s doughnuts continues…

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We first started this little round-up of our favourite doughnut shops when Glory Hole Doughnuts began buzzing with Google query gold. One year later, Toronto still supports more Tim Horton’s than public libraries and Rob Ford remains our mayor, but we do have a brace of new gourmet doughnuts outlets in the city (coincidence?). Since setting up shop in Parkdale, Glory Hole has exacted the standard for fresh and fluffy doughnuts while winning over even more fans with new flavours. Pictured here are regular sellouts the Elvis with Marshmallow (peanut butter icing, banana chips,  bacon, nuts, and toasty marshmallow) and the relatively tame but equally knee-melting Chocolate Pistachio.

Glory Hole

Glory Hole Doughnuts
1596 Queen Street West | Website

More Toronto Doughnuts: Bake Lab / Bonjour Brioche / Caldense Bakery / Mexi-Can Market / Nova Era Bakery / Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken /  Venezia Bakery