Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mmmm... doughnuts

Here are some pictures of our local Krispy Kreme doughnut shop, taken by my missus.


This picture was taken just after the "proofing" stage, during which the doughnuts rise to the required size. The pictures prior to this stage suffered a little with glare from the window...


Once they land in the very hot "shortening" (icky-looking oil stuff), they cook on the underside before going through this contraption, which flips them over to do the other side.


Then the doughnuts make their merry way along the conveyor belt to the glazing section. The energy-saving types among you might be interesting to know that the glazing just keeps on being pumped through regardless of whether or not any doughnuts are coming through. Why? Who knows... But it's okay: All the "wasted" glaze is recycled and pumped back through again. Yummy!


And now look: hot glazed doughnuts good enough to eat. Well, when I say eat, I mean not eat. And when I say not eat, I mean really do not eat. It actually makes you feel quite queasy watching the whole disgusting process. And it's so damn slow, too!

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18 Comments:

Blogger Red said...

That is just so unappealing. I have no idea who the brainiac who came up with the "let's show our customers just what it is they're putting into their mouths" idea, but it ain't working for this puppy.

Give me a bombolone any time!

22 April, 2007 09:58  
Blogger Tanya said...

MMMMM. Donuts.

Still, seeing the process laid out like that makes them less appealing, I have to say.

22 April, 2007 10:49  
Blogger Milla said...

That's the 'Fast Food Nation' equivalent for the doughnuts. My god, just by looking at that white sheet (shit?) coming down on the dough makes my stomach feel strange. Brrrrrrrr!!
Never had these KK doughnuts and now that I've seen how they are produced, I don't think I will go to the Holborn branch for a box. No no.

22 April, 2007 11:30  
Blogger cappy said...

aaaargh!

when i was first learning the bakery trade, all i did for 18 months were doughnuts!

start at 5am- get prepared nuts out of retarder, uncover and stand for 15 minutes
during the standing process, get everything else ready, jammer, cream, piping bags, etc
fry nuts off. two racks, 18 trays prer rack, 30 nuts per rack (jam).
let them cool a bit, then jam them (we also used apple, chocolate, vanilla and believe it or not, bubblegim flavours)
cut the devon finger ones and pipe cream into them, then the mini jam stripe.
pack all of em, and display.

then i had to "finish" all the other morning goods, cinnamon swirls, vanilla danish, croissants, maple slices, cheese twists, you name it i did it.

then get the next days frozen morning goods and prebaked bread set up.

then, when everyone else had gone home, make the doughnuts for the next day!

do i miss it? hell yes!

did i never mention that cappy is a fully skilled baker?
and a qualified fishmonger?

no? oh well, you know now!

22 April, 2007 12:25  
Blogger Karen said...

That's just gross. I'm glad Tim Horton's doesn't show you how they make theirs. Somethings are best left to the imagination.

22 April, 2007 13:46  
Blogger Pickled Olives said...

bleck. I like my really bad fatty fried and celulite inducing food to be a bit more mysterious.

22 April, 2007 14:33  
Blogger Biddie said...

My Hubby LOVES KK donuts. LOVES. Just looking at these photos would make him cry. That KK sign was like a homing beacon for him...I am not stuck on them myself. I did like that they were free if you came in when the light was flashing, tho. We lived right across the street from one for awhile, and we would head over when that light was flashing.
Don't like the coffee, either. Us Canucks like our Timmies coffee.

22 April, 2007 15:35  
Blogger Ben said...

You must all hate freedom or something. Krispy Kreme is incredible.

22 April, 2007 18:50  
Blogger Suze said...

Asterisk, I keep hearing about these and we don't have a shop anywhere near to us! *pout*

22 April, 2007 19:45  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

Somewhere along the way, I lost my taste for donuts...except the traditional Polish ones filled with plum stuff...mmmm

22 April, 2007 23:36  
Blogger mist1 said...

I've never been a donut fan. I prefer a cigarette for breakfast. I'm aware that it's not any better for me.

Sometimes, our local police have a fund raiser in which they stay on the roof of the Krispy Kreme for 24 hours. I'm not sure what the point is. Still, I donate. I hope that it gets me out of a ticket later on.

23 April, 2007 01:46  
Blogger d34dpuppy said...

kk's r gross whether u watch m bn made r not

23 April, 2007 02:29  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

ewww...my dad loves em when their hot...yuck. They are too sweet. I found a place that makes potato bread dough nuts and they are for real.

23 April, 2007 07:42  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

I tried them once and I have to say, I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about - they're not nearly as nice as the pikey ones you get at the fair!

23 April, 2007 12:56  
Blogger Cynnie said...

OMG!!.
I'm from the state ( North Carolina!!) where KK originated!!.

and you know what ?

they closed down most of the stores in north carolina..
cause even we dumb hicks know that fried lard balls slathered in liquid sugary lard, cannot help you live past 40.

23 April, 2007 18:52  
Blogger Ron said...

In America there are places where you can get a hamburger on two KK's instead of a bun! That's right... a hamburger on two doughnuts!

I love the technology of the machinery! Very Rube Goldberg!

Do you have the 'HOT doughnuts NOW' signs?

'fried lard balls slathered in liquid sugary lard?' Yow, talk dirty to me Cynnie!

23 April, 2007 20:55  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

yummm... krispy kreme.

it's gross... but i love it.

24 April, 2007 20:27  
Blogger Gardenia said...

If I can keep these pictures in my mind, I can assure you, I am cured. I think. Thanks everyone, very fun donut information.....

25 April, 2007 02:17  

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