Oh, people, don’t these look good? Well let me tell you, they taste way better than they look! They are, quite simply, the best doughnuts in the world. And – lucky us – they come from not far away from the Manse!
We have our Madoc Township friends Grant and Gayle to thank for even knowing about these amazing treats. In a comment on a post I made quite a while ago, they gave us the heads-up to check out the home baking sold (Fridays and Saturdays only) on Hollowview Road, a side road off Highway 62 south of Madoc. When you spot the “Home Baking” sign on the highway, you drive west for a kilometre or so and there you are. The doughnuts – and other baked stuff, and also very fresh eggs – come from an Amish farm; the Amish are relatively recent, and very welcome, settlers on the farmland of southern Hastings County.
Last weekend as Raymond and I were heading south on 62 toward Stirling (to take part in opening day at Chickadelic Salvage and Design, a wonderful new shop there; we found good stuff to buy) I spotted the “Home Baking” sign. And I suddenly remembered Grant and Gayle’s comment and thought: could that be the place?
And it was. And the doughnuts, people, are to die for. And I’m not even a very big fan of doughnuts – but these are old-fashioned doughnuts, “made with lard, which is dangerously addictive,” G&G warned us (correctly). They “make Tim Hortons look like amateur stuff,” they went on. Now, I am a big fan of Tim Hortons – primarily for the way the outlets have turned into the community meeting place in small towns all across the country – but I have to say that when it comes to doughnuts – well, they’ve got nothing on Mrs. Miller of Hollowbrook Road.