doughnuts on my mind

Peter Pan, BrooklynThis was going to be one of my long posts about nothing in particular, but then I started thinking about doughnuts, and it brought a smile to my face. If you live in the NYC area, maybe it will do the same for you. And if you don't, then maybe it's time for a visit? I won't even pretend my doughnut round-up is as authoritative as the one Kathy YL Chan wrote for Serious Eats, but I will tell you my "research" was a lot of fun. First up, the perfect red velvet doughnut at Peter Pan in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.Peter Pan, BrooklynPeter Pan, BrooklynYou may have heard me raving before about spots like Bob's and Donut Dip, but they're a little out of the way. If "old-school" is your thing, then Peter Pan is definitely worth a visit. Be prepared for a line out the door on weekend mornings, but it moves fast. My recommendation? Go with friends, don't expect any crazy flavors, get a box or two, definitely get a red velvet one, and don't plan on eating again for hours.Babycakes book partBabycakes book partyBabycakes book partyI stopped by a party to celebrate the launch of the newest cookbook from Babycakes bakery in the Lower East Side (and now L.A. too, I believe) -- Babycakes Covers the Classics. This was my idea of a great way to spend a Thursday night -- girls baking up tray after tray and taste-testing the doughnuts while still warm from the oven. Heaven. These were vegan and gluten-free, but I sure didn't mind. Now I have to get myself a doughnut baking pan to try out the recipes at home. Congrats to my friend Tara Donne on the great photos in the book.Dough, BrooklynDough, BrooklynLast up, I only recently heard about Dough in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, and I was immediately intrigued because people were saying the style was similar to my long-time favorite, Doughnut Plant. It was a little out of the way for me, but I hitched a ride with Jennifer and Olga from the Union Square farmer's market one morning. (I love those two, and they're even more fun when they're together.)Dough, BrooklynI'm already a fan of light, yeast-dough-style doughnuts like these, fried to perfection and served while still incredibly fresh, but what I really loved was the interesting variety of flavors like passion fruit, blood orange, and hibiscus. And did I mention these massive treats are just $2 each?Dough, BrooklynBut a trip to Dough is really all about this -- Dulce de Leche with Almonds. Seriously, I don't care how out of the way Clinton Hill may be for you, this doughnut alone is worth a trip. In fact, just call me if you want to go because I doubt I'll ever get over my cravings for this beauty. Mine was so fresh, the icing was still wet when they gave it to me. You can't beat that. If somehow you're not convinced yet to make the trip, then please check out my friend Liza's beautiful behind-the-scenes video on Food Curated.