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Monday, May 7, 2012

Chocolate ganache donut, anyone?

Mmmmm, donuts
  • Mmmmm, donuts
I just might have a new favorite donut in town. While I was able to resist (barely) the tempting display of Sublime Doughnuts on the counter at Octane one recent morning, my will was not so strong at Swit Bakery and Cafe, the newish place across the street. Swit (meant to be pronounced something like "schveet" - which, of course, makes me think of Schweddy Balls) has an impressive array of pastries and breads on display at their counter. The shop itself is light and airy, with an Ikea-infused dash of contemporary comfort decor. But why talk about embroidered pillows featuring cute dogs when you can talk about donuts!? Yes, donuts.

I had a hard time picking out one thing to try at Swit - but the chocolate-topped donuts were calling my name. Swit uses a brioche dough for these pillowy babies (yes, more pillow), which gives them a nice balance between dense and airy. But what separates this particular donut from the pack is the chocolate topping. Swit makes a ganache from 64% cacao dark chocolate from Valrhona. It's dark and bitter and messy and just about perfect on top of a donut. A dash of chocolate sprinkles adds a touch of crunch against the soft, fudge-like ganache. The slightly sour bite of the chocolate also balances out the typical glazed donut sweetness. Perfection.

On the way out, we picked up a loaf of crusty sourdough bread, which also turned out to be quite good. I'm eager to try more from Swit - maybe someday soon they'll whip out some Swit-y Balls.

Gratuitous shot of dogs on a pillow
  • Gratuitous shot of dogs on a pillow

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