Jan 2019
Donut from Bayside Bakery

Coming up to the holiday period, I knew that we would have a good few weeks where bakeries would shut their doors, not to open again until well into the New Year. Great for them – everyone deserves a break – but not so great for those of us trying to write weekly donut blogs. In preparation, this left me only one option – to donut-load.

<strong>donut load</strong> <em>verb</em> [doh-nut loh-d]. To fill up with donuts prior to a major event. Similar to carb-load. <em>Knowing she had the marathon in the morning she donut-loaded the night before.</em>

Bayside Bakery, Glenelg East
Bayside Bakery,
Glenelg East
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The only problem was that the idea to donut-load only came to me in the car, on my way home from work, approximately five days before Christmas. To complicate things I was working all those five days. Where on earth was I going to find enough bakeries, open, to eat enough donuts to give me blog material to last me well into the New Year? The dilemma hurt my little brain.

Then, just as I was thinking all hope was lost, I noticed a sign – “Bakery Open” it said! Hallelujah! I quickly pulled off the main road, leaving cars honking behind me and pulled into a parking space. The bakery was rather ambiguous – matching other shops in the area – but with some tables and chairs out the front. There was no one in the shop, honestly, there weren’t many people around at all. The cool interior was well received from the sunny heat. Despite being towards the end of the working day the bakery’s shelves were all still fairly well stocked. I figured there must have been a Christmas lull, but with hindsight maybe there weren’t too many fans of their donuts.

Aesthetics 7

The donut had a thick, golden brown base. It was a good size with a good diameter and a generous hole. The donut was topped with pink icing and colourful sprinkles.

Topping 6

Despite being pink, the icing was not flavoured i.e. "fake berry" – instead, it was just plain. Past the sweetness of the icing, it was actually a bit bland and thin. The sprinkles were crunchy and fresh. There were more sprinkles then icing.

Dough 3

The dough was bland. It had a taste like old dishwasher fluid. It wasn't sweet, it wasn't salty, it wasn't even yeasty – just dull. It wasn't too offensive, so gets a couple extra points for that.

Texture 4

The dough was dry and stale. The icing was thin and meagre in portion, but it did have fresh crunchy sprinkles. I was searching for more icing to make the overall donut seem less dry, but there was little to go around.



It's... Edible

Sadly, this donut was a bit uninspired. It tasted like a week-old finger bun that your gran gives you when you come over for tea.

  • Aesthetics: 7
  • Topping: 6
  • Dough: 3
  • Texture: 4

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