Red Velvet Cheesecake Filled Donut
Pizzelle Brioche Donut
Rainbow Cookie Old Fashioned Donut
Cereal Milk Brioche Donut
Blueberry Cake Donut
Dunkaroos Brioche Donut
Cookie Butter Brioche Donut
Carrot Cake Donut
Milk & Cookies Filled Donut
Mexican Hot Chocolate Filled Donut
Matcha Snickerdoodle Brioche Donut
Puppy Chow Old Fashioned Donut
German Chocolate Brioche Donut
Gingerbread Cake Donut
Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Old Fashioned Donut
Visited for the first time almost exactly 11 months prior PVDonuts was the only “repeat” featured on this trip to the Northeast, and barring unexpected closure it will remain that way each and every time Providence is visited as the only Donut shop on equal footing is all the way across America in Southern California at Sidecar.
Doubled in size since last Winter, Paul and Lori Kettelle’s ever-changing list of scratch-made rounds an undeniable hit that still sees lines daily, it was via pre-order that sixteen flavors were selected for 11am pickup, early arrival no problem as money was exchanged for two boxes that approached ten pounds in total weight.
Obviously sharing such a haul amongst several, six adults plus a child and infant to be precise, it was while pictures were snapped that a filled Red Velvet Cheesecake was first divided, the liquid interior spilling forth sweet enough to temper tangy Cream Cheese Frosting while Pizzelle in follow-up used the classic Cookie as added texture for the springy Brioche below.
Still impressed by PVDonut’s multitude of styles, the rarity of seeing Fritters, Crullers, Cake, Old Fashioned and Yeast in the same shop not lost on a connoisseur, it was with Peanut Butter plus Jelly that one of the former was found rich and indulgent, though even better was a seasonal “Rainbow Cookie” that riffed on the Italian Bakery classic flawlessly by way of both Almond Extract and Raspberry Jam.
Less enamored with Cereal Milk, though Fruity Pebbles have never been a favorite, it was back on track with Blueberry Cake featuring no mix but fresh local Fruit and Juice before tasting the Thursday-only Dunkaroo, a flood of childhood memories coming back just as they likely do for Belgians fortunate enough to taste Lori’s Brioche slathered in spreadable Speculoos.
Showing well with Carrot Cake, though Walnuts or Raisins would have added to the effect, there was absolutely nothing wrong with “Milk & Cookies” which spilled forth its contents readily while Matcha Snickerdoodle thankfully allowed Cinnamon-Sugar to be the prevailing flavor, just as did Mexican Hot Chocolate, though there was most certainly a perceptible amount of heat on the finish.
Finishing with what was assumed to be richest, fried Gingerbread certainly an idea whose time has come, it was as others marveled over German Chocolate with gooey Coconut Jam that attention was instead focused on two more Old Fashioned options, the one called Puppy Chow texturally masterful with light Peanut Butter undertones while Crinkle Cookie featured its house-baked namesake atop Ganache and a crumbly Sponge that will challenge even the most devout Chocoholic to finish without a glass of Milk or cup of Coffee in hand.