Jerry and I decided to satisfy our sweet tooth on the way to mini-MACE with a stop at Granny’s Donuts & Bakery in Kernersville. It was freezing cold, and we were rushing from the car to the store as quickly as possible. However as soon as we hit the sidewalk, we had to pause for a moment to appreciate the heady aroma of baked goods wafting from the storefront to welcome us. The counter cases were filled with so many choices, it was difficult to make up our minds on which tasty treats would make it into the box of 1 dozen. Suddenly it caught our eye from the display case, and Jerry and I knew we were going to need two of these because we wouldn’t be sharing. The Maple Bacon doughnut was a creative and well implemented combination of flavors, my personal favorite of the pastries. The pillowy raised doughnut was huge compared to those from the KK chain. I think one of the ingredients was magic because it was as airy as a cloud but had substance too. The dough gave a nice stretch when tore apart like a cat waking up from a nap. This perfect foundation is used in many of the doughnuts we tried like the Chocolate Glazed Custard Filled, Coconut, Chocolate Chip, Cream Filled Éclair, Banana, and Glazed.
The apple fritter stood in the spotlight, loaded with chunks of apples and cinnamon, each nook and cranny covered in a sweet glaze. This is a pastry you will try to ration by breaking off small pieces but in the end, you will finish every bite of the moist doughnut and crunchy crust. I Googled that apple fritters in the Netherlands are called Appelflappen, sounds perfect to me!
The Old Fashioned Sour Cream, with its jagged edges and shape that reminded me of an alien flying saucer, was a dense cake treat with loads of crunch. If you have it with a glass of milk, does that count as a balanced breakfast?
If you’re a cake doughnut fan, they have everything from blueberry to red velvet with cream cheese frosting. We have to mention the doughnut holes; amazing! You will be surprised by the chocolate filled. They are like a cocoa punch in the mouth; heaven. The lemon filled was sweet yet sour (okay, I’ve been waiting for a blog article I could use that phrase to contradict myself).
Granny’s Donuts has 4 locations (High Point, Thomasville, Kernersville, and Oak Ridge). Drive past DD and KK to Granny’s Donuts, “second star to the right and straight on till morning”.
On this visit, we took time to look over the menu board on the wall. Granny’s offers numerous beverage selections: espresso, flavored coffees, syrups, iced coffee, frappes, smoothies and teas. We both had a large coffee. There were sweeteners and dry creamer on a side counter that you could add to your beverage. There are three tables for dine-in patrons. Everyone that came in while we were there got their donuts to go. This isn’t a wi-fi, read a book doughnut shop. The counter person recognized many of the locals who stopped in for their donut fix.
I actually had never liked fritters before Granny’s. This time we tried the cherry fritter with its ribbons of fruit adding a delectable moistness throughout the pastry. My mom enjoyed their blueberry muffin. A new twist on an old classic, the bear claw was stuffed with chunks of apples coated in cinnamon and brown sugar. This light danish was WOW food. We also enjoyed trying the Buttermilk with maple glaze, the chocolate with chocolate glaze and chopped peanuts, and orange glazed cake doughnuts, The Cinnamon Twist and Cinnamon Roll with crumb crunch topping while both fresh and airy light could have been spiced with more cinnamon for us.
The extremely light French Cruller topped with chocolate was another star of the show. It was like the inside of a British Yorkshire pudding only with glazed icing so it’s not as hard and crispy on the outside but with a tender egg pastry inside. We can’t wait to go back to Granny’s Donuts.