From yoga to…doughnuts? #balance.
If there’s one culinary trend I wish would filter over across the Atlantic at a quicker rate, it’s the artisan doughnut movement. From what the internet/TV/those lame episodes of Man vs. Food I just can’t help but watch on slow Sunday afternoons tell me, the streets of the good ol’ U S of A are positively littered with bakeries selling hot from the fryer, freshly glazed/sugar-rolled do(ugh)nuts! American readers- is this true? Is it really as easy to find great doughnuts in the States as I’m imagining? If so…I think I need to move.
Whilst it’s true that we have got Krispy Kreme here in the UK and you really can’t ever go wrong with a KK original glazed, I’ve sort of fallen out with them ever since they got rid of my all-time favourite doughnut (the vanilla cruller, FYI). I’d heard of Crosstown Doughnuts on the grapevine a couple of weeks ago, so made plans to visit when I was in London with Tania a couple of days ago. It’s a funny location- a mini cafe tucked down one of the passageways out of Piccadilly Station- with seating for maybe four or five people at a push. We ordered a little selection box of four- a cinnamon swirl, vanilla bean glazed, banana cream, and peanut butter and jam- and settled in for a taste test.
The doughnuts at Crosstown are all made fresh daily, which meant that by the time we visited at around 3pm they’d been out a little while and maybe weren’t as fresh as they could’ve been. The flavours of the premium doughnuts more than made up for a little dryness in the dough though, and the originals (vanilla glaze, + cinnamon swirl) were saved by giving them a bath in a little shot cup of the hot chocolate supplied on-site by SAID (our favourite chocolate cafe!). A totally decadent and delicious experience. And yep, those are two words I never thought I’d associate with a London tube station cafe…
If you’re in the area or just passing through, stop in for the banana cream doughnut. Or, to give it its full and deservedly fancy title- the ‘Sea Salt Caramel & Banana Cream Doughnut’! It’s beyond delicious.
Crosstown Doughnuts- Piccadilly Tube Station, W1J 9HS.
Doughnuts: approx. £3 each.