They are exquisitely and carefully iced and cost around $5 a pop.
Artisan doughnuts have hit Regina’s food scene in full force, with four bakers starting to create and sell the holy beauties since March.
Here are some doughnut makers who aim to go beyond the usual box.
1. The Everyday Kitchen
Doughnuts descended at Katie Shmelinski’s home-based bakery in Regina this March.
Her specialty is sourdough doughnuts, which require a bit of planning ahead as they take 48 hours to raise.
They also are a bit of a rarity, according to Shmelinski. She said she only knows about one other place in Canada that does 100-per-cent naturally-leavened sourdough doughnuts.
Hers come in flavours such as brown butter or coffee glazed, chocolate chip cookie cheesecake and classic cinnamon sugar.
They are hefty, too, weighing in at a quarter pound each (double what a Tim Hortons doughnut weighs, according to Shmelinski.)
But it’s the taste that she believes really shines.
“Artisan doughnuts are just in a league of their own!” she said. “The time and effort that we put into our product really comes through when you have a doughnut from any of the local doughnuts makers.”
Where: 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters on Fridays starting at 9 a.m. CST, plus out of her house.
Price: $3.50 each
2. Do Si Donut
Lindsay Klassen’s first foray into doughnut making was prompted when her hometown bakery shut down years ago, leaving a disappointed little girl at her elementary school’s annual hot dog and doughnut day.
“It was a very sad day when we no longer had easy access to doughnuts… Ever since I have selfishly been making doughnuts to fill that void,” Klassen said in an email to CBC.
Klassen also has a degree in fine arts, and her doughnut flavours definitely verge into fine arts territory.
‘You can taste the effort and care put into the doughnuts.’
– Lindsay Klassen, Do Si Donut
She makes everything from chocolate with handmade sponge toffee, to sea buckthorn berry, to a peanut butter glazed doughnut filled with handmade strawberry balsamic vinegar jam.
(For those who also had to Google sea buckthorn, it’s a sour, orange circular berry that grows on a shrub.)
She started selling them in April at the Regina Farmers’ Market. It takes about eight hours for her to…