A couple of weeks ago, my friend Scott Mullin told me I had to try these amazing baked doughnuts at the Scottish Bakehouse in Vineyard Haven. Being a doughnut enthusiast and never having one that was baked, it was my mission to get one.
I failed at my first attempt. I arrived at the Scottish Bakehouse on a Saturday morning at 7 a.m. Thinking that the early bird gets the warm baked doughnut, but I was wrong. Disappointed, I would not give up. After a little research, I learned that baker Tanya Chipperfield doesn’t arrive until around 8 a.m., and the doughnuts would be out around 9 – 9:30 a.m.
So, I arrived at 9:30, again on a Saturday, since the doughnuts are only available on this day. The doughnuts had come out of the oven just a couple of minutes before hand. Looking like little bundt cakes, I could not wait to satisfy my doughnut need with a little more healthy alternative.
I bought one, sampled it, mine was warm – yum, and needed to know more about this novelty. So, I waited for Tanya to finish working on her banana bread, to ask her about these baked goodies.
Many of you will recognize Tanya. She has been on Island for quite a while, and worked at Mocha Motts on and off for 10 years. Now, baking at the Scottish Bakehouse, she is where she wants to be.
Tanya has a gluten alergy, as many people do. Working here, she is able to create delicious gluten-free baked goods. This would not be the case everywhere. She has introduced a number of really tasty items , such as the Goodness Bar.
OK, now back to the doughnuts. Besides being awesome because they are not fried, what makes them so amazing? Well, after they are baked, they are dipped in butter and then cinnamon sugar. Yum – butter and cinnamon and sugar!
How did these doughnuts — which now have a following — come about? As a joke of course.
When Tanya would ask Daniele Dominick (owner) for something she needed for baking something new, Danielle would tell her that she could get it when she made baked doughnuts. This banter went on for a number of months.
Once Daniele and her wife, Sam had their baby, Tanya knew it was time to make the doughnuts (sorry I had to use that Dunkin Doughnuts reference). So, the baked doughnuts are now a part of the amazing assortment of baked goods at the Scottish Bakehouse, which by the way, has the most amazing, diverse selection of baked goods on Island in my opinion. Don’t forget that they also have amazing food for lunch and dinner too.
As I mentioned and for the time being, the baked doughnuts are only available on Saturday mornings, and there are only 18 being offered. So, you need to get there soon after they come out of the oven. By the time I left the Scottish Bakehouse, they were almost all gone. Will there be more during the Summer, we’ll have to wait and see. Until then, may luck be on your side in pursuit of the baked doughnut.
Thank you Scott for this sweet little tip!
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