Local bakers putting a new twist on classic treat
A classic treat is making a comeback in Regina and local bakers are putting a new twist on an old favourite. Handmade donuts are making a revival across the Queen City.
Teisha Huff runs Northern Belle Bread & Pastry. She sells donuts every Saturday morning at 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters in Regina, and her supply doesn’t usually make it through the morning.
“People are here half an hour early, even before they open,” Huff said.
She started selling the donuts about two months ago, and the business is really taking off.
“People love the fact that they’re light and fluffy, and not dense,” she said.
Handmade donuts used to be hard to find in Regina. But now, the street treat is making a comeback.
“It’s kind of an underground donut thing,” Huff said.
The donut movement has made its way to the Regina Farmers Market, where Lindsay Klassen of Do Si Donuts sells her baking.
“I’ve just kind of been making donuts for friends and family,” she said. “I got pretty good reviews so I decided to check out the market.”
Klassen says she focuses on using local flavours in her recipes – including Saskatoon berry and sea buckthorn berry donuts.
“It’s been very positive,” Klassen said. “Shocking – people like donuts!”
When it comes to unique flavours, The Everyday Kitchen offers up a donut that’s a little different. Katie Shmelinski makes all her baking using sourdough.
“I was drawn to sourdough because that’s the type of bread I make at home,” she said. “I wanted to see if I could create it in a donut.”
Shmelinski sells the donuts from her home and orders can be placed on her Facebook page and Instagram account.
“People are intrigued with sourdough because it is something different,” she said. “It produces a bit of a different texture and flavor. It’s something that nobody’s doing and nobody’s tried, so people want to try a sourdough donut.”
The underground donut movement is all about reviving an old classic.
“It’s just staying true to something that’s good,” Huff said.
“I think about being a kid and growing up, and my favourite thing to do was get a donut from the local bakery in my small town,” Klassen said. “Then that closed and ever since, I’ve just been trying to find a donut.”