So here’s the deal. I don’t like coconut. At all. I’ll go without dessert if the only option is coconut. Cousin Gwen LOVES it, but we respect each other’s opinions, and I believe secretly, she thinks my disdain for coconut means more for her, which I celebrate.
Dear Washington, DC: Please take note of how to have a friendly disagreement. I know at least of two of you have.
This month’s doughnut is the Pina Colada. I resolved to endure the coconut out of my Dedication and Devotion to eating the entirety of the menu at Gibson’s Donut’s and to you, the folks who encourage me to indulge in the best sugary carbs in Memphis.
Here it is:
If I think of the coconut flakes as a delicate lace, then yes, the doughnut is pretty. If I think of the coconut flakes as flaky, then it’s okay, I guess.
To make this doughnut as palatable as possible, I scraped off the coconut, but I couldn’t get all of it off because the Gibson’s folks ground that stuff into the icing REALLY well. I left one corner untouched so I could try to experience the coconut taste as my cousin would:
It’s hard to score this one. The remaining coconut flakes were crunchy, and I don’t like overly crunchy things in soft sugary cookies, cakes, doughnuts, etc. It’s a texture thing. The doughnut part was sweet, I think it was pineapple? The vanilla icing was good in between the crunchy coconut pieces. But there were still too many coconut pieces.
Tastee score: 5.
I also got to have a lemon –filled doughnut this week. I took a bite of it before I took a photo, so you’ll have to imagine what it looks like, as this is a no chewed food photo zone. This was going to hard sell, because I’ve been enjoying leftover lemon elderflower cake (inspired by the recent royal wedding), which is one of the loveliest cake flavors I’ve ever had. Try this recipe from the Washington Post. It has Very Many Steps, but it’s completely worth it!
Tastee score (for the doughnut): 7. A smidge light on the lemon flavor, but the glazed doughnut part of it was divine.
Doughnut News: Gibson’s had these delightful American flag doughnuts for Memorial Day. I got to the shop one hour after they posted a photo of these on Instagram, but they were gone. Maybe they’ll have them again on Monday?
If not, remember that this Friday is NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY! Come join me and all your doughnut-loving friends at Gibson’s to celebrate!