It might seem a bit bizarre that someone (me) who utterly adores the croissant and brioche at Francois Payard, would also make a special trip to the grocery to pick up a box of Entenmannâ€™s Cake Style doughnuts. Heeheehee. I LOVE these cakey doughnuts and they bring back good memories from summers spent in New York decades ago and late nights studying for exams at graduate school many years later. These doughnuts probably very high calorie, though they claim contain zero trans-fats, so they are definitely in the junk food category. But I can easily down 3 of them in one sitting and they arenâ€™t only a breakfast food for meâ€¦ as they make the perfect merienda or dessert or midnight snack material. I love them with hot tea and they are great with an ice cold Diet Coke as well. Isnâ€™t it weird how we register certain tastes in our culinary memory banks and we develop our own list of â€œcomfort foodsâ€ that include both the common and the sublime?
I will rarely pass an Entenmannâ€™s shelf in a grocery without purchasing something. And you want to know another little dirty secret? I also like their soft small chocolate chip cookies that are probably laced with chemicals to keep them soft and chewyâ€¦ While I have made thousands of great home baked chocolate chip cookies from scratch, I can still readily reach into a box of Entenmann’s soft small cookies and enjoy them immensely. For the price of one Craquelin at Payard, I can get about a dozen of these doughnuts. And they last a couple of days so buying a box of twelve isnâ€™t extravagant at all. The closest relative to this doughnut is one offered at Krispy Kreme (also at the Manila stores) and while it is sweeter, it satisfies a craving when it hits. Oh, and I forgot to disclose, I also love Entenmannâ€™s butter cakeâ€¦ those perfectly formed loaves, smelling and tasting seriously buttery (or is it just really good artificial flavoring?)â€¦ is this weird or what? Those of you who have access to these baked goods…are you hooked as well?