on O’Connell

Mar 2017
Donut from Bakery on O'Connell

A 24-hour bakery is a thing one can only dream of in Scotland. Indeed, in a place where supermarkets and McDonald’s keep their doors open from dawn to dawn bakeries are fairly rare, bland and mass produced and definitely not 24 hour. The only place to find a donut at 3AM would be the big Tesco; they were usually pre-made dough, cooked “fresh” (48 hours ago) and left out to dry (out) on a plastic tray where many young, sticky fingers could eagerly touch. However, desperate times call for desperate measures and a craving could be sated by what Tesco’s had to offer.

O’Connell’s is not a place of desperate measures. Cooked and fried daily their wide range of pies, cakes and special donut display is constantly refreshed by the hundreds of punters they get through their doors. The quietest time I’ve been to O’Connell was at 7AM and I had to wait in a small, yet quick moving queue. A good bakery, near the city centre and in a young professional hub gives them a flowing business. The days of kebabs hungrily consumed on the way home from a late night out is now replaced with salted caramel cronuts, fragrant lamb pies and fresh banana bread.

Bakery on O'Connell, North Adelaide
Bakery on O’Connell,
North Adelaide
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When I first attended O’Connells it sat a couple of blocks south from where it currently resides. The new establishment is more modern, larger and just as busy. The size of donuts is impressive, and for just a couple cents more there seems to be a 50% increase in size. One donut has enough carbohydrates to energise a man for a week and enough sprinkles to cover Tasmania.

Be it after church, after a bad shift at work or after a couple of drinks O’Connells doesn’t cease to satisfy. It remains one of my favourites. There is a larger selection should you wish, with diabetes-inducing cronuts and Nutella stuffed Berliners lining their shelves.

Aesthetics 7.5

As previously mentioned the donuts from O’Connells are large. Well proportioned from all angles it is perfectly round. Sprinkles are numerous in quantity covering a mound of coloured icing. A small point is some of the sprinkles were hundreds of thousands, which aren’t as visually pleasing as strands. The icing covers a bit too much of the donut, dripping down the sides, and not allowing the dough to glisten in all of its fried glory.

Topping 7

The icing is sweet and flavoured “en fraiche” (i.e. strawberry), I think. With all fake flavours, the preservatives mean there can be an overpowering sweetness which on top of icing sugar is too much. In O’Connell’s case the icing flavour isn’t too overpowering, but present. The icing is a nice consistency and in a good amount, spread widely. The sprinkles have a good crunch, but perhaps are too crunchy and hard being hundreds of thousands - note normally O’Connell donuts are covered in just sugar strands.

Dough 8.5

The dough is sweet and dense. Clearly a yeasted doughnut but not as yeasty in flavour as it could be, instead with the sweetness more prominent. The dough tastes fresh. With such a sweet, dense dough and in such large quantity - overall it is quite rich.

Texture 7.5

The dough was, as previously mentioned, dense with little spring back when bitten in to. However, I don’t mind the density of this dough, being pleasantly chewy, but in the quantities of this large donut is a lot to get through. Sadly there is no outer crunch to the fried ring, but it’s not too greasy.The icing was of good texture and consistency and the sprinkles did give the much-needed crunch.



Heavenly Delight

I love this donut and it’s hard to resist. Not only value for money, but delicious and easy to consume. Perfect for sharing considering it’s size but if you’re feeling particularly peckish a fine quantity and quality to give into your personal craving.

  • Aesthetics: 7.5
  • Topping: 7
  • Dough: 8.5
  • Texture: 7.5

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