A few years ago, I was in holidaying America, enjoying the vast array of doughnuts while lamenting the sad choice at home (this was before the Cronut Explosion kick-started a Doughnut Explosion), and a fellow Australian said to me, “Puffies, Roselands – best doughnuts in Sydney”.
I stepped off the plane at Kingsford Smith and headed straight to Roselands, and sure enough, I found Puffies in a quiet spot at the bottom of the shopping centre.
My eyes widened when I saw their pineapple doughnut was actually the hero doughnut. I hadn’t had a decent pineapple doughnut since my school tuckshop sold them for about 60 cents each.
Puffies does cake-style doughnuts, so while not quite the traditional old-skool pineapple doughnut, it still has the good old glazing that I remember oh-so-well.
So if you’re pining for a blast from the past, pop into Puffies.
Obviously doughnuts have been redefined from the old circle with a hole in the center. Some of those magnificent creations look huge. Where do you draw the line between calling something a doughnut and a pastry or even something else?
Hi Phyllis, that’s a very good question. Doughnuts are dynamic entities that can adopt a vast array of forms. And often, it is purely in the eye of the beholder. What is a doughnut to one person is a pastry to another. I believe the line that divides ‘doughnuts’ and ‘others’ is ever-shifting. For example, we have witnessed the advent of the cronut… neither doughnut nor croissant but at the same time both. In more recent times, we have seen the long-john become more popular, something I would not have considered a doughnut before, but now sits right alongside the iced or the filled doughnut without feeling out of place. Personally, I don’t want to discriminate simply because a pastry looks a little different to what society understands a ‘normal’ doughnut to look like. I favour equality. If it is a doughnut in its own mind, then I’m happy to place it under the broad canopy of ‘doughnut’.
It also gives me a chance to branch out a bit and try other stuff.