Vale Fresh

Apr 2019
Donut from Morphett Vale Fresh Bakery

Every now and again I get a break from my paid job, which surprisingly has nothing to do with donuts. However, no matter how much leave I get from my grown-up work, I never take a break from eating donuts – you are welcome blogging fans! So, as we headed away for a mid-week break down to a holiday home at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, we decided to skip the expressway and visit a new bakery on our way down south. The Morphett Vale Bakery was easy to access and coincided with lunch, so we pulled over.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

I love friendly servers. I love it when they go above and beyond to give you a smile and accommodate you. The lady who served us was just that – bright, happy and helpful – genuinely warming up the slightly chilly day with her smile. A picture on the wall showed a donut the size of a cake and she assured me for the very reasonable price of $20 they could do a donut so big it would feed a family. The donuts on offer today were large, but large enough for one person, not aiming to feed multiple. We had a selection of your standard toppings available, but immediately what caught our eye was a Honeycomb topped donut.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

Morphett Vale Fresh Bakery
Morphett Vale Fresh,
Main South Road, Morphett Vale
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Taking this donut and a couple of pies to share, we sat outside. The pies were hot, delicious and as well priced as the donut. I had a spinach and chicken slice that was the best I’d had in S.A. thus far (in fairness I haven’t had many, but it was stuffed full of goodness) and unable to finish it due to its huge size, was thankful to have a hungry husband who could finish it instead. Finishing off the pastries whilst they were still hot, we came to the donut and did our obligatory blog and social media pictures. Ironically, the purple wall against which we took our social media photo came from a fitness and supplement shop and just out of camera shot was a sign encouraging fitness and diet.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

It was definitely not a donut for the health conscious, but find me a donut that is.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

On a slight tangent, I wanted to highlight a unique way of donut wrapping that this bakery did. In all the bakeries I have been to, currently over 60 for this blog and many others in between, I have never had a donut served to me in this way. She placed the donut in the bag as one normally does, with the wide base of the donut sitting flush with the side of the bag. Now normally, when you shut the bag you bring the opening edges together, folding horizontally and in line with the creases of the bag. This means that the opposing side of the bag comes down and sticks to the icing, right? Well, this clever lady overcame that problem by folding the bag opening at right angles, against the normal bag creases, and by doing so creating a tented peak. The effect of this preserved the topping from sticking to the side of the bag, protecting the aesthetics of the donut as well as it’s topping. It was ingenious. I hope my description provided enough of a visual picture that everyone can appreciate the idea, for who hasn’t had half their donut icing stick to the paper bag it resides in?

Aesthetics 8

The dough was a lovely golden colour and it was a generous portion. On top of the donut was a dark chocolate icing, topped with honey dribbles and honeycomb chunks. The donut was a bit dented on the edge where icing met the dough. The honeycomb on top was not only in chunks, but somehow also melted.

Topping 7

I was excited to try this topping from looks alone, but sadly it was slightly off the mark. The dark chocolate flavour was a cheap, chocolate flavour that then overwhelmed the topping taste. The golden dribbles I believe were actually flavoured with real honey, at least that's how they tasted, which was nice. The honeycomb on top was soft and chewy rather than crunchy. Overall the topping was far too rich and sweet, but I appreciated the originality and effort.

Dough 7

The dough was yeasty. It had that buttery, oily taste that you can get in some pastries like croissants. Most of the flavour came at the front, but unfortunately left a bland taste on the palate.

Texture 6.5

Every aspect of the donut was soft, from the dough to the honeycomb. This made it almost soggy and spongy. But the donut did taste fresh, not at all stale and had a good chew density from its centre. The icing was pretty sticky, getting all over my hands and the honeycomb chunks had a tendency to fall off and into my husband's mouth.



Worthy Contender

The donut overall would have been too sweet and rich for me alone, but good if sharing. It was fresh but soft and would have benefitted from crunch. We loved the service at this bakery and how they served up the donut with a special twist. Plus, I am definitely keen to try the giant donut someday.

  • Aesthetics: 8
  • Topping: 7
  • Dough: 7
  • Texture: 6.5

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