Holy Donut, Batman!

Portland Take 2 (38)

You know I like food with a twist. So, donuts made with potatoes as one of their ingredients?

Yeah…it was a must try.

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Funnily enough, a few weeks before going on this little road trip, I made cinnamon rolls with potato.

In the recipe, mashed potato was their ‘secret to light-as-air rolls’. Apparently, it adds moisture to the dough without developing additional gluten (as flour would) which can make the rolls tough.

I don’t know if it was one of those you-know-it’s-there-so-now-you-think-you-taste-it kind of things, but the taste of potato carried through my cinnamon rolls and even though Hubby enjoyed them, I immediately wrote them off.*

*Alright, that’s not totally true. I saved the recipe to try and tweak to see if I can make it work.

Portland Take 2 (36)

At The Holy Donut, they have six different bases for their donuts: Maine Potato, Dark Chocolate Maine Potato, Sweet Potato, Vegan, Gluten Free, and Filled. With such a basic foundation, I only expected the flavor of each donut to change. But I found that there were some I loved and others that had an overpowering potato presence.

And in this case, it wasn’t just my mind playing tricks on me. In some of the donuts you could actually see chunks of potato inside!

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As soon as I laid hands on the dozen donuts we ordered, I thought we may have gone a little overboard in ordering. These weren’t light, airy, delicate donuts. (And who would expect that from a donut made with potato?) They were heavy. And huge. There was no way we were going to be able to eat them all.*

*And no, we did not.

Hubby reminded me that we were on vacation and that it would be a shame to not try as many of these donuts as possible.

My favorite part of these donuts was their crisp outside. Again, no soft, dainty donuts here. Out of the dozen there were five I would definitely order again: coffee brandy, sea salt chocolate, lemon, apple maple bacon, and vanilla.

I’ve gotten kind of simple in my donut preferences. I’ve found that though I love the idea of wild flavors combinations, usually it’s the basic cinnamon sugar or vanilla glaze that I want to return to again and again.

Overnight in Portland (39)

The Holy Donut

7 Exchange Street
Portland, Maine

194 Park Avenue
Portland, Maine

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