by phil on Sunday Dec 12, 2010 2:09 AM
I'm not a dessert person, nor would I consider myself a foodie, but I temporarily become one, when I decided to eat every doughnut at least once at Gourdough's, a specialty doughnut trailer in Austin, TX.
I stopped by the trailer randomly on a whim, and I was overwhelmed by the choices. So I picked the simplest one, the Naughty & Nice (sugar and cinnamon), and I was blown away. I thought to myself, "wow, this is like art for your mouth," and I determined right there, that I wanted to try them all.
And so, over the course of a couple months, I convinced my friends to come join me on my quest. Nobody I brought was ever disappointed, and I converted about thirty people to Gourghdough's. If I couldn't bring anybody along, I'd sometimes go by myself. One time I went at 2:50am on a Saturday night, just to get a fix. (Yes, they're open late. I got a PB&J).
A Heavenly Hash and a Porkey's for breakfast
And so, without further adieu, here's how I ranked every doughnut:
canadian bacon, cream cheese and jalapeno jelly
I love eggs benedicts, and therefore I love canadian bacon. I also love cream cheese. You might be wondering about the jalapeno jelly, and yes, it's really unique, and yet the whole thing comes together in the perfect balance of savory and sweet.
- Blue Balls
blueberry filling with blue icing
- Naughty & Nice
sugar and cinnamon
I love how their simplest doughnut is also one their best. If you never had Gourdough's before, and you're unsure about what to pick, start with this one.
- Dirty Berry
fudge icing with grilled strawberries
- Cherry Bombs
glazed cherry-topped holes, cinnamon, sugar and cake mix topping
- Mama's Cake
yellow cake batter filling with chocolate fudge icing
- Flying Pig
bacon with maple syrup icing
Tastes like a great pancake.
- Bring the Heath
cream cheese icing with heath bar chips
- Razzle Dazzle
raspberry filling with fudge icing
- Heavenly Hash
marshmallow with chocolate fudge icing topped with fudge candy
- Black Out
brownie batter, fudge icing and chocolate covered brownie bites
grape jelly filling with peanut butter icing and peanut butter morsels
Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, to the extreme.
- Sara's Joy
coconut flavored filling with fresh coconut and fudge icing
I'm just not sure about coconuts mixed with doughnut.
- Baby Rattler
fudge icing and fudge oreos with a gummy rattlesnake
- Slow Burn
habanero pepper jelly with cream cheese topping
Not as interesting as the Porkey's, and the jalapeno jelly is much better than the habanero.
- Son of a Peach
peach filling, cinnamon, sugar and cake mix topping
- Funky Monkey
grilled bananas and cream cheese icing with brown sugar
- Granny's Pie
caramel, pecans, bananas and graham cracker
- Miss Shortcake
cream chese icing with fresh cut strawberries
In an informal poll among my friends, this doughnut and the Naughty & Nice are the best. Unfortunately, strawberries are really only good to me with whip cream or chocolate.
- Sailor Jerry
think rum cake
Too soggy, like a doughnut dunked in rum, which overwhelms the flavors.
cream filled doughnut holes with icing rolled in coconut
See "Sarah's Joy" above for my comment on coconuts.
- The Puddin'
cream filled, cream cheese icing, bananas and vanilla wafers
- Mother Clucker
fried chicken strip with honey butter
Tastes like a biscuit.