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Oh Doughnuts is double double different (and delicious)

Independent doughnut shops are few and far between in Winnipeg. In fact, I can’t name one solely dedicated to this deep-fried delight. Amanda Kinden is hoping to change all that. Her artisan doughnuts (@ohdoughnuts on Twitter) have been delighting patrons of Main Street’s Parlour Coffee since the beginning of this month, selling out almost every day and for good reason. These are delicious, homestyle, melt-in-your-mouth treats like Winnipeg has never tasted.

“The plan is to find a storefront; not a huge space but someplace where I can supply more than three dozen a day,” said Kinden. For now, her day starts at 2 a.m. followed by a 7 a.m. delivery to Parlour Coffee, the only place in town that carries her doughnuts.

After extensive testing (those lucky friends and family members), Kinden settled on a basic recipe and continues to experiment with fillings and toppings. Among the hits so far has been a lavender glazed version as well as doughnuts filled with lemon or grapefruit curd. These three short weeks have also seen a white chocolate cardamom glaze with pistachios, a ginger-lime curd and a cherry amaretto offering quickly disappear from the display stands at Parlour.

“I really want to keep things simple and elegant,” Kinden said. She’s already thinking about gluten-free and vegan options as well as new flavour combinations—a chai tea glaze or perhaps a coconut cream meringue. If you’d like a taste, it’s a good idea to get to the coffee shop as early as possible.

Shel Zolkewich writes about food, travel and the outdoors when she’s not eating, on the road or playing outside. Visit her blog at shelzolkewich.com. Got a food story idea? shel@shelzolkewich.com

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