Ten Best Doughnuts in Broward and Palm Beach
6. Cider Doughnuts
Nicole Danna Apple Cider Doughnuts brings this New England treat to South Florida.
This time of year is the perfect time to find chef John Carlino's authentic New England apple cider doughnuts. A Connecticut transplant, Carlino began making his favorite style of cake doughnut, reminiscent of those found across the tristate area come autumn, when he started working the local greenmarkets more than ten years ago. His recipe calls for real apple cider in the mix, and the results are best enjoyed fresh from the fryer at the stand he sets up annually come green-market time in the fall. Today, it remains the only place you can pick up an order piping-hot. After baking, each tiny cake is rolled in a special sugar-cinnamon-spice coating and served with a cup of Carlino's own caramel apple compote. Of course, if you can't wait for the Palm Beach Gardens or Wellington greenmarkets to open, Carlino offers an alternative: His Cider Doughnut company prepares boxes with 65 frozen doughnuts that can be ordered online and picked up at his North Palm Beach kitchen. However, the final baking -- and finishing -- are up to you.
5. DOugh DOugh's Donuts
Nicole Danna DOugh DOugh's new loaded baked potato doughnut.
Donut lover Redd Johnson began a love affair with fresh-baked doughnuts when he was younger, looking forward to regular visits he and his grandfather would take to the Fort Lauderdale flea market. After years spent working a career in marketing, he decided to give it up to make his own doughnuts, creating the same excitement he had as a child for everyone that sees his truck, DOugh DOugh Donuts. Johnson -- with much thanks to the help and support of his wife, Saneria -- is serving fresh-fried doughnuts that taste unlike any you'll have in the area thanks to a few "secret ingredients" that make their dough extra-special. Those secret ingredients are really a mystery; Johnson wouldn't tell us much aside from where they come from -- places as far as Canada, where his stellar coffee is sourced. What truly sets these doughnuts apart, however, is the oil they're fried in. Dough is hand-formed and prepared daily, then fried to order in high-saturated vegetable oil (no fear: Johnson tells us a dozen of his doughnuts have less than 300 calories) mixed with a bit of "grit" to help the doughnuts keep their form. You can order them with powdered sugar and cinnamon or one of several icings, including vanilla and chocolate. Of course, the real treat is his recent concoction: the loaded potato doughnut. Expect everything you'd get on a fully loaded baked potato but on a fresh-baked doughnut instead. To find DOugh DOugh, look for the truck at the next roundup or at the corner of the State Road 7/441 extension and Orange Grove Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
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