The texture of a donut will tell you how fresh it is, and how it was made. A donut should be crumbly, delicate and melt in your mouth when you bite into the donut.
Texture of the Inside of the Donut
The texture of the inside of a donut should be moist, crumbly, and fluffy.
As you bite into the donut, the donut will crumble and be delicate. The donut should not be dense and hard, this can indicate overmixing of the donut dough, or it can be an older donut.
Donut dough should only be mixed until just combined, so it remains airy and light when it bakes.
When you touch the outside of the donut with your finger, you should be able to press it, and it will bounce back, or it may not come back fully. This will indicate a fresh donut with a fragile outside.
Texture of Glazed Donut
The glaze of the donut will be a smooth, thin layer. When you bite into the donut, the glaze should be effortlessly pierced by your teeth and be well adhered to the donut.
The glaze of the donut should be much thinner than frosting or icing. Glaze is a thinner version of the these types of sugared toppings.
Chocolate ganache is also a topping that is used for glazing donuts. For donuts, the ganache is thinned with butter to create a chocolate ganache glaze that is much thinner for topping donuts.
You should be able to grasp the donut, and easily dip the donut into the glaze, and let it dry on a cooling rack. If you’re adding a garnish, you’ll want to add it prior to the glaze drying.
Texture of Garnished and Glazed Donut
A garnish for a glazed donut can add both a unique flavor and texture to your glazed donut.
By adding toasted shredded coconut or nuts, this will add a crunchy texture and enhance the flavor of the donut, which will balance out the texture of the smooth, crumbly donuts as you bite into it.
By adding sprinkles, or lemon or lime zest, this will add a sweet or tart flavor to the donut. The texture of the donut won’t really change by adding these garnishes to your donuts.
Donut topping ideas
You can add many different toppings to glazed donuts including:
- shredded coconut
- lemon or lime zest
- crushed cookies