“If you’re happy, the donuts are happy…”
Meet Fany Gerson, the 2011 James Beard nominated cookbook author and donut mastermind behind DOUGH, an innovative, never-a-few-hours-old artisan donut shop in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Fany was kind enough to give me a personal tour of DOUGH’s back kitchen last week to watch as they handmade donuts. Now, I love a good donut. But donuts rarely amaze me. Rarely do they make me sit up and do a double-take at the sight of them. However, as I filmed DOUGH’s over-sized, ring-shaped cakes getting dunked and dressed, something happened… I could literally feel my jaw drop in childlike wonder. “Wows” and “oh my gods” kept cooing from my shameless self as Fany presented donut flavor after donut flavor. I was embarrassingly, but not embarrassingly, on a filming sugar-high, and I hadn’t even tried a donut yet!
Anyhow, I hope this story holds you and your sugar tooth captive, even if just for a moment. It took months for Fany to perfect her donut’s dough recipe, testing and tweaking over 50 ideas before it came out just right. It’s got that crisp little crunch on the bite in, then that big, soft center with a chewy give and hits of nutmeg that helps you savor the unique flavored glazes and textured toppings. It’s a great donut, and the foot traffic says it all. On busy days, over 1,000 donuts in dozens of flavors are handmade for customers.¬† Specials change daily, and once the spring/summer begins, Fany plans to introduce more seasonal flavors and filled jams.
DOUGH is definitely worth the trip out to Brooklyn. Trust me. I even shared a box with a few random strangers who admittedly didn’t like donuts…until they took a bite of DOUGH’s.
305 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
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