ohlin’s bakery (belmont)

A lot of people have asked me if I’ve had any specific cravings during pregnancy and honestly, not really.  I mean, from time to time I’ve craved something specific but I certainly wouldn’t consider myself one of those ladies with a craving so bad that I had to send my husband to the grocery store at midnight in order to satiate it.  A couple of times I’ve had an inkling for things like calamari, ice cream, and bacon – which my husband has lovingly obliged to – but luckily no peanut butter and pickles for me.

On this particular morning, I rolled over in bed and said, “I want a doughnut.”  Passed out for another hour, and woke up still wanting that doughnut.  It probably was partially from reading about Ohlin’s Bakery in Belmont in the most recent issue of the Improper.  And also after our hunt for a doughnut shop a couple of months ago (okay, so I stand slightly corrected – I did make my husband search the area for a doughnut shop based on a craving that day) which resulted in a shop in Allston and me angering a Korean man when he asked me if I wanted cream and sugar in my coffee.

This excursion was much easier and nicer, let me just start by saying that.  The bakery is full of cookies, pastries, and a whole section in their display case devoted to fresh doughnuts.  From the classic glazed to coconut to apple cider to maple covered doughnuts, I think it would be safe to say that there’s something in there for everyone.  We each got two (hey! I am pregnant you know … short and round too, I know …) and two small coffees, then found a bench nearby to enjoy our late breakfast.

I think I made a kind of boring choice actually.  I went with a glazed and a sugar doughnut and in hindsight, I think I should’ve went with one of the coconut doughnuts instead.  I mean, they were both really good but I guess a little too similar really, no?  By the way, the coffee (I think it was Green Mountain?) was on the really light side so if you want something stronger venture over to the Starbucks across the street.

My mom has this saying of “your eyes are bigger than your stomach”, and this usually comes up with my plate still full of food and a look of defeat on my face.  These doughnuts are not wimpy, let me just get that clear.  I know I have small hands but it took a bit of effort to eat these, so be forewarned.  The texture was really nice and fluffy inside.

Even if you don’t really get a caffeine buzz after drinking the coffee, you will probably feel a sugar rush if you’re like us an indulge in two doughnuts at one sitting.  My husband decided to try the maple glazed with chocolate doughnut and it was pretty good (he let me have a taste) but quite sweet (that did not stop it from disappearing, just saying’ …).

And the other one he tried was the raspberry filled and honey dipped doughnut.  That thing weighed a lot, and it was so full of filling.

So if you’re ever in the Belmont area (which by the way, what a coincidence that my two most recent posts are about places in Belmont) and have a craving for delicious doughnuts, be sure to look for Ohlin’s Bakery on Common Street.

Ohlin’s Bakery
456 Common Street
Belmont, MA 02478


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