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Decadent, off-kilter treats at Nani’s Dough perfect for National Doughnut Day and Month

Nani Edry produces enormous, imaginative, albeit pricey, doughnuts at his Delray Beach shop

S’mores doughnuts with graham cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows (Photo from Nani’s Facebook page),

Blue and pink swirls decorate Nani’s Cotton Candy doughnuts. (Photo from Nani’s Facebook page).

Creme Brûlée filled doughnuts with a hard sugar shell (Photo from Nani’s Facebook page).

 

Maple bacon doughnuts offer sweet and savory flavors (Photo from Nani’s Facebook page).

Forget Dunkin’ Donuts for National Doughnut Day, June 1 — and for any other day. If you’re in or around Delray Beach Nani’s Dough is the place to go.

A three-year-old operation, located for the past year at Commerce Avenue and Lake Ida Road, Nani’s has elevated doughnut making into an art form and the varieties of these sweet, fluffy treats the shop turns out may make your head spin. 

Sorry, there are no jelly or Boston cream filled doughnuts here.  Instead, among the 20 or so varieties, you’ll find such decadent, off-kilter treats as creme brûlée, with a crunchy sugar coating; s’mores, topped with crumbled graham crackers and mini marshmallows; red-velvet-cake, topped with a spiral of frosting; maple bacon,  sweet and savory, topped with strips of bacon; Nutella filled; key lime filled; peanut butter cups; cotton candy, frosted with blue and pink swirls; Oreo-styled cookies and cream; frosted and sprinkled Funfetti; raspberry Poptart; varieties topped with Trix, Lucky Charms and other cereals, and Doughnnabon, a hybrid spin on a familiar chain’s cinnamon bun that was Nani’s original offering, and more. The selection can vary by day.

Getting ready to ice

Behind these, pardon the expression, out of the box treats, is Nani Edry, a surfboard shaper and tech industry entrepreneur who grew up in Dania Beach and later lived in Hawaii and San Francis.

Edry makes all his wares in-house, fermenting his dough sourdough-bread style. He also uses other French pastry-making techniques to produce light, airy doughnuts that melt in your mouth. Some are fist-sized.

Nani recently added FroPro protein doughnuts, treats to salve the guilt, available only on Fridays with online pre-ordering.  Also new are vegan doughnuts, cinnamon rolls.and sandwiches, the last designed, I suspect, to keep customers coming beyond the morning rush. There’s also coffee, Fiji water and, of course, local tap water.

It’s seemingly impossible to try them all varieties, but I’ve sampled a few and here are notes those that have crossed my lips.

Glazed is big, puffy, doughy and not cloyingly sweet with a slight hint of lemon.

Chocolate ganache is like eating a chocolate bar. It has grated chocolate atop a thick layer of ganache.

S’more is more like a chocolate doughnut sans the center hole filled with marshmallow cream. There’s ganache, graham cracker crumbs and mini-marshmallows on the top to add to this diabetic’s nightmare.

Nutella, a big mound of dough that’s filled with Nutella, the Italian chocolate hazelnut spread, and topped with a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar.

The signature pink box

Maple Bacon, a traditional doughnut topped with maple-flavored, white icing and crisp, cooked bacon. A nice balance of salty and sweet.

Creme Brûlée, a 3-inch puff of soft dough filled with a light-yellow, sweet custard on the inside and a crunchy, sugar glaze on top. This could become addictive.

Nani’s will be offering special varieties in the days leading up to National Doughnut Day, June 1 as well as free doughnuts on that day.

It’s best to get to the shop early for the best selection and make an effort to eat them soon after. Nani doesn’t use preservatives so they can dry out if you wait too long. The doughnuts are packaged in the shop’s signature pink box. But be cautioned. They don’t come cheap. Nani’s doughnuts start at $2.75 each and a dozen of some varieties easily could set you back almost $50. To me, they’re worth-the-money, self-indulging treats. Call me a fan.

Nani’s Dough

601 N. Congress Ave. #406, Delray Beach FL 33445

(561) 303-1102

nanisdough.com

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