May 23, 2019

Johan’s Sour Cream Old Fashioned

By Eric Cox | May 11, 2019

Johan’s Pastry Shop in Petoskey should be mildly ashamed of itself for its obnoxiously fresh offering of mouth-wateringly delicious donuts, cakes, breads, and other delights. But of particular offense to the vigilant waist-watcher is Johan’s incredible sour cream old fashioned donut ($2). Now, don’t go mistaking this donut for some bland bit of batter that tastes like No. While it truly is an anachronistic treat (dating back to 1829!), the Johan’s version offers an uber-rich sweetness punctuated by a crunchy, carbuncular exterior that affords great texture. Deep-frying this donut variety at lower temperatures produces the jagged surface eruptions, resulting in satisfyingly crispy edges — a bit of an anomaly in the donut world, since most are soft. These brittle edges, however, drizzled as they are with a super-sweet vanilla glaze, contrast nicely with the donut’s soft, yellow, cakey interior, the batter for which is enriched with sour cream, and sometimes buttermilk. While some may startle at its $2 price tag, fear not. This is no feathery trifle of a pastry. Nay. A rich, hefty round cake is what your $2 earns. But, don’t take my word for it. Go taste how wrong — and right — it is for yourself. Johan’s Pastry Shop, 565 W. Mitchell, Petoskey. (231) 347-3815


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