Hot Donuts? Timing is everything.
Nothing says "good morning" like a hot donut, but sadly in my experience the only way I ever hear those words is after I heat it up one myself in the toaster oven.
Showing up at midnight or 1 AM for a donut just isn't my thing. Does anyone know if any donut places in LA (Stan's, Primo's, Randy's, etc.) have a set schedule of when they turn out a steaming hot glazed? Or am I really just left in a precarious situation where what comes out is really just a matter of supply and demand?
I agree that timing and warmth make a huge difference in the doughnut consumption experience. This is one of the reasons I am such a fan of Primo's buttermilk bars. Primo's makes it's doughnuts in small batches, and most of the time, if you go during normal morning doughnut hours, they will be hot, or at least warm.
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Can't help with exact timing, but Bob's at Farmers Market does such a high volume on weekend mornings that we are frequently in luck just showing up and asking what's hot. And we are in very good luck indeed when the cinnamon rolls are right out of the oven. Earlier is better for hot doughnuts athere nd Bob's opens an hour or so before the rest of the market. (I think at 7 am, although I haven't actually ever been there at 7.) I have to admit that my sons, now 17 and 18 have had Bob's doughnuts at least once a week for their entire lives (well, at least after they started eating solid food), to no ill effect.
Most donuts heat up real well. So, even if you've missed "the magical time", pop that sucker in the microwave and nuke it about 10 seconds and eat it right after that - it's scary how well it replicates that taste. This is especially true for the Krispy Kreme classic glazed.