thank pippin it’s friday!

P1250472At the girls’ primary school, SATS week is known as doughnut week because the children’s efforts are rewarded with a daily doughnut. Some might see that as a double-dose of ill health, but the doughnuts certainly take the edge off the exams and really, in the greater scheme of things, where’s the harm in a one-off week-long doughnut binge? Slightly more questionable is Doughnut Day, a ritual which our family has embraced with alarming ease, and celebrated with grave commitment, ever since Joe first came across the Pippin Doughnut stall on Wine Street.

P1250471I comfort myself with the fact that our Doughnut Day doughnuts are no ordinary doughnuts — and they really are, as you will see, extraordinary doughnuts — but there’s no way round the fact that what we are talking about here is a ball of dough which has been fried and then rolled in sugar. I’m not sure whether I’m trying to excuse our addiction or justify it, but the bottom line is Pippin doughnuts are delicious  I say that as someone who doesn’t even like doughnuts — and the reason we have just one doughnut day each week is entirely down to the fact that the Pippin Doughnuts only come to Bristol on Fridays*. They are also rather expensive at £1.30 each, £6.50 for six, or £10.95 for twelve.

P1250468But then again, the ingredients used to create the doughnuts are far from cheap and the dough, which is proved twice to improve texture and flavour, takes a long time to make. With homemade fillings as delicious and varied as gooseberry jam, lemon curd and rhubarb & custard, I think it’s fair to say that Pippin doughnuts are about as far removed from your usual supermarket doughnuts (Krispy Kreme included) as you can get. I think of them as being like Stella Artois: reassuringly expensive and much, much tastier.


P1250480 P1250482The girls may forget their school books, PE kit, packed lunches, front door keys, shoes and socks even, but every Friday, whilst grumbling at each other over the breakfast table, they remember to place their doughnut order.

P1250486In the photographs above you can see last week’s box which contained three Bear Claws (this is what a Canadian friend says the oddly shaped cinnamon-coated doughnuts are called back home, but I think Pippin just list them as cinnamon and sugar), one chocolate ganache, one gooseberry and, just out of sight, a cappuccino doughnut with a coffee custard filling and topped with coffee icing and a dusting of cocoa powder.

P1250487Gourmet cup cakes your days are numbered, the designer doughnuts have arrived!,, 01793 496210                            Pippin Doughnuts Wine Street, Bristol every Friday apart from the last Friday of the month. 

8 thoughts on “thank pippin it’s friday!

  1. I have this very day been introduced, in the flesh as it were, to these fabulous doughnuts. And I can confirm having just eaten a chocolate one that they are superb: soft, doughy, sugary and weighty and oozing rich chocolate. Worth every penny and just as well Pippin are only in Wine Street on fridays.

  2. And I thought this post was going to be all about apples. doughnuts are much better though. Have you heard of cronuts, a croissant-doughnut hybrid?

  3. Those doughnuts look delicious. I only like custard ones, which remind me of holidays in Italy as a child. I always wondered what Bear Claws were when my Canadian relations mentioned them, so thanks for filling that hole in my knowledge.

  4. Embarrassingly, I found myself salivating at your description of the cappuccino doughnut; this flavour was quite my favourite of all the Krispy Kremes (which I otherwise loathe) and they stopped making it over a year ago. Where is a girl to go for her sugar/coffee hit? Now I know. Bit excessive to drive from London though … ah! I see there’s a website!

  5. I am so jealous – they were a weekly staple in our house too, but they have given up our farmer’s market now – I am bereft (but probably less tubby).

  6. Oh how I wish we could get our beloved pippin doughnuts back, I used to queue up every last Friday of the month to get the delicious doughnuts,
    At the farmers market in oxford , sadly they do not come this way anymore. What I would give to be able once again
    To taste those wonderful doughnuts

    Yours terry oxford

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