Brewed, the coffee-centric gastropub-bistro that opened in Fort Worth in July, has many wonderful things going for it: long hours, cool atmosphere, craft beer and a top-notch coffee program.
But it also just began offering something that precious few other places offer: doughnuts made from scratch. As in, they make their own batter.
This sets them apart from most doughnut shops around the world, which use pre-made flour mixes. Mixes are convenient, but they end up making all doughnuts taste the same. That is why Brewed's doughnuts — a new item just this week — are so exciting.
But it's just part of how Brewed does things, says chef John Kramer.
"Why buy a mix?" he asks rhetorically. "We do everything from scratch. We do our own fries. We grind our own meats for hamburger, we make our own pickles, we do our sauces from scratch. It gives you more control."
The doughnuts first crept onto the menu as a dessert item.
"We were doing doughnut dippers — basically doughnut holes — as a dessert option and for brunch," Kramer says. "We wanted something we could run in the morning to go with coffee. We were already doing the dippers, so we decided to just do them bigger."
These are cake-style doughnuts, as opposed to the airy, yeast-style raised doughnut.
"We're doing a cake doughnut; we can't play with yeast because our kitchen is too small," Kramer says. "There's no room to proof anything."
For now, the doughnuts are available in three flavors: cinnamon sugar, Mexican chocolate and salted caramel, at $2 a pop.
"We start with the same doughnut and then add toppings," Kramer says. "For the Mexican chocolate, we add a chocolate glaze with a little bit of cinnamon. It's great with coffee."