One of the first donuts I had ever formally reviewed, probably around two years ago now, was the maple-bacon donut from Devour Cafe. This donut was delicious, sweet and salty, and a light, wonderful complement to what had been an already great breakfast. Sadly, whenever I’ve returned to Devour, I’ve been told that they rarely do their maple-bacon donut anymore – woe is me!
So, why would I be mentioning Devour cafe? Well, on further probing regarding the lack of maple-bacon donuts, it was revealed that Devour’s donuts were actually made by the same baker as Third Time Lucky, a cafe on Henley Beach Road. I had visited this little cafe a couple of times, had appreciated their coffee and brunch items, but usually by my arrival they had run out of donuts.
Eventually, luck was on my side – not with a maple-bacon donut but a raspberry-coconut one!
Already one could see how aesthetically pleasing it was, but many a donut connoisseur has been fooled by that one before. Never judge a donut by its topping as they say in the biz – yet, with its glossy white sheen and a sprinkling of deep red raspberries, it looked irresistible. The price was on the upper end of generous at $5.00 a donut, especially given its small-medium size, so you would want some bang for your buck. But an enticing smell of coconut, yeast and the tangy sweetness of raspberries arose from the little box they gave it in. My expectations were high.
And indeed the donut was delicious, as the ratings will go on to show. It was an artisan donut of a baker who has put time and thought into what they’ve created, not a mass-produced sticky mess (#KrispyKreme). The more I review and blog donuts, the more I realise how unique they are. This donut is not one to be accompanied by a steak pie and Farmers Union iced coffee – and there are many excellent donuts to fill that role – this is one to be savoured in the light breeze of a warm summer’s day, with a silky cappuccino in one hand a good book in the other.