I’m not one to dwell on things, but I had a really great doughnut over the weekend. It was a sour cream glazed doughnut from Hole-in-One in Eastham (or was it The Hole in Orleans?). As you know, my heart normally belongs to the chocolate honey-dipped variety, but I have to make an exception in this case.
Sour cream is, by far, my very favorite dairy product after cheese and ice cream, and to then bake it into a glazed doughnut is really enough to move me to tears. See how craggily it is? How it’s not a perfect circle? You can’t build a machine to make it look like that. Notice the glaze and how it congealed mid-drip? That’s artistry. And how the person pouring it missed a few spots? Creative license. Doesn’t bother me in the least, because at quality doughnut shops, even the plain doughnuts are delicious.
(Incidentally, to the left of the doughnut, you’ll see an ad in the Cape Cod Times for the Chocolate Sparrow, which is the only place to find ice cream in the off-season on that part of the Cape. I would know. Ben & Jerry’s is closed (WTF?). Nauset Ice Cream is closed. Emack & Bolio’s — closed. Why is the promise of ice cream so hard to fulfill in the dead of winter? You can’t explain seasonal demographics to hungry and demanding children. Luckily, some birds are brave enough to tough out the cold season, and this chocolaty sparrow lived up to its name.)
Hole-in-One Donut Shop, 4295 State Highway, Route 6, North Eastham, MA, 508-255-9446; The Hole Donut Shop, 98 Cranberry Highway, Route 6A, Orleans, MA, 508-255-3740.
The Chocolate Sparrow, 5 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA, 508-240-2230