Five favorite Twin Cities doughnuts

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Sarah Jane's Bakery
A spread of Sarah Jane's assorted doughnuts.
A Baker's Wife took home this year's Best Doughnuts honor, and those cinnamon-sugar dusted ones are always a fave. (Even better, pair 'em with a coffee from Angry Catfish around the corner.)

Summertime is a boon for doughnut fanatics, actually, as some of the metro's best finds come from farmers' markets and food trucks. Here are five of our best-loved donuts that always hit the sweet spot.

5. Sarah Jane's Bakery's Cake Doughnut
Sarah Jane's Bakery on Johnson Street in Northeast has been kicking out doughnuts, old-school style, since 1979. Six days a week, the place offers a fresh-from-the-oven, classic cake doughnut, among a million other breads and confections, starting at 5 a.m. When you have a hankering for nostalgia, these plain Janes will leave a telltale grease-print on the paper bag and reheat wonderfully in a toaster oven.

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Apple cider gives these doughnuts just the right amount of sweetness.
4. Sweetland Orchard's Apple Cider Doughnuts
This might look like a basic cake doughnut, glittering with cinnamon and sugar in the early morning farmers' market light, but it's made extra tender and moist by the addition of apple cider from Webster, Minnesota's Sweetland Orchards. Mike and Gretchen Perbix oversee the orchard while their lovely mothers make the weekly batch of doughnuts. Find these treats, plus Sweetland's apples, plums, and pears, at the Mill City Market, Bloomington Farmers' Market, Northeast Farmers' Market, Fulton Farmers' Market, and, starting in September, the Kingfield Market.

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Megan Thompson
We love doughnuts in all shapes and sizes, especially these Chef Shack minis.
3. Chef Shack's Indian-Spiced Mini-Doughnuts
With the Minnesota State Fair starting today, we had to get a mini-doughnut in the mix, as we always get a kick out of watching Tom Thumb's batter-based inner tubes fry golden brown as they float down their lazy oil river. But the mini-ds from the popular street truck Chef Shack offer a gourmet version of the fair staple, made with organic ingredients and aromatic with cardamom and other eastern spices. And, of course, they're always feather-light and piping hot.



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9 comments
wynda
wynda

The omission of Mel-O-Glaze must only mean that the era of fusion doughnuts has eclipsed the era of tradition.  Sure, I like my fried dough with spiced organic cardamom, but sometimes you need a good old fashioned white flour version, glazed, with lousy sour coffee to prep for a bland business meeting.  Kind of like stepping back into the Eisenhower presidency, not to mention Mel-O-Glaze's roll-back 50s prices.  How often do you get to do that in a Pottery Barn world?

asad
asad

"Six days a week, the place offers a fresh-from-the-oven..."

Um, aren't donuts deep fried?

Mo_dub
Mo_dub

Hot YoYo Donuts pic! I love those freakin' indian spiced mini-ds.

Ruckermd
Ruckermd

She keeps running out.. I was fortunate to enjoy one of these.. hope she opens her own store front.  JR

pinecone
pinecone

I used to love the Sweetland doughnuts when it was still Bob's Bluebird Orchard and they were sold at the Saint Paul Farmers' Market. Same doughnuts, but Bob would always sell some without the sugar coating. That way the apple flavor is more prominent and there was a bit of crispness to the outside. The sugar is unnecessary, IMO.

Nate
Nate

If you were to talk to Gretchen or Mike at a market and wanted them to make some without sugar just for you, they may do that, give it a shot.

pinecone
pinecone

I did last year and they sounded all excited because it would be easier for the moms who make the doughnuts but I guess it didn't happen.

Gretchen
Gretchen

Gretchen here from Sweetland Orchard. Would you believe there's not much demand for unsugared donuts? That said, we'd be happy to bring unsugared donuts to any market upon request -- just email us on the Friday before the market to let us know the quantity (even requesting one unsugared donut is fine by us) and which market.

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