My son, his friend and I were driving past a doughnut shop recently, when the boys pointed out that “donuts” should be pronounced “doo-nutz” unless it’s spelled doenuts, and I really couldn’t argue with them. I was simply happy that ten year olds were debating spelling and pronunciation of any word, at all. No matter how you spell it, Americans are nuts for doughnuts, for good reason. I mean, seriously, what’s better than delicious fried dough topped with all manner of sweetness, even if it’s just a delicate, flaky glaze?
My hands down go to spot for doughnuts is KC Donuts on Brodie Lane in South Austin. Their glazed doughnuts, my all time favorite, are light and airy, with just enough glaze to complement, rather than overwhelm the flavor of the pastry. Whether you try a glazed doughnut, or pick a cinnamon roll, apple fritter, or the maple bacon (the nearby trophy shop awarded that one the best donut, ever), you will not be disappointed. This family owned business knows its stuff. And they make kolaches, breakfast tacos and croissant breakfast sandwiches as well.
While on Instagram today, I was scrolling through pastry images and found that Master Donuts has hit upon a fun way to wish someone a happy birthday, or facilitate a promposal with their doughnut messages. What a cute idea! I haven’t sampled Master Donuts yet, but I will, soon. There’s a few birthdays coming up in my friendship circle that could use celebratory doughnuts.
I have a Czech American friend who bristles at the idea of “kolaches” at many local doughnut shops. The yummy, pastry wrapped sausages are actually klobásníky, the savory, meat-filled cousin of the traditional fruit-filled kolache. If you want to experience the real deal: fresh, homemade traditional kolaches, order some from Old School Kolaches, the kolache business run by my friend. And while you’re at it today, leave me a comment and let me know your favorite doughnut/donut/doenuts spot in town.