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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Food Find: Dynamo's Monte Cristo Doughnut

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 4:13 PM

click to enlarge Yeah, there's ham in here. Is there a problem? - M. LADD
  • M. Ladd
  • Yeah, there's ham in here. Is there a problem?
The components of a Monte Cristo sandwich always sound compelling: cheese, ham, and fruit jelly, sandwiched between (preferably egg-soaked) bread, grilled till gooey. And yet a Monte Cristo usually leaves us wanting more, soggy bread being the main obstacle for perfectly nailing it.

Enter the Monte Cristo doughnut ($3.50), a heavenly blend of classic fillings in a sweet, light casing that is in no way soggy. Dynamo Donut + Coffee (2760 24th St. at York) began serving its Monte Cristo doughnut about four weeks ago. Ham and cheese form the filling's top layer, above house-made plum jam. Now, before you start thinking the ham must be at least a little weird, consider it (and the cheese) a complement to the doughnut's prevailing sweetness, even if committed carnivores might wish for a tad more of the salty meat. This is not Dynamo's first foray into savory donuts, of course; its maple glazed bacon-apple is the stuff of epic.

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