Wynwood's sweetest sensation knows how to form some seriously major alliances.
This past March, Wynwood's favorite pop-up doughnut shop teamed up with Knaus Berry Farm to make a sticky-bun doughnut delicacy. Other collaborations, with Miami Smokers, the Anderson, and J. Wakefield Brewing, proved to be equally successful. Now the Salty Donut has asked author and South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder Lee Brian Schrager to help curate a breakfast-inspired doughnut.
The doughnut celebrates Schrager's latest book, America’s Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes From Coast to Coast, and will be offered for two days only: this Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. The treats will be available at 11 a.m., and the limited-batch doughnuts will be sold until they run out. Schrager estimates 400 to 500 doughnuts will be available each day.
A percentage of doughnut proceeds will benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Schrager will match the Salty Donut's donation to double the amount going to the medical center.
Schrager says he looks forward to working with the Salty Donut's creative team. "I love the guys, I love their product, and I love the hype. I challenged the boys to come up with an America's Best Breakfast Doughnut, and they accepted." The culinary-event maven says the flavors are still being worked out.
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So what, exactly, is the flavor of this special breakfast doughnut? No one knows yet, though Schrager has a few ideas. "I'd love to see a French toast or a blueberry pancake doughnut, maybe a cereal doughnut. In any event, my vote is with them that they'll pull it off creatively." His fantasy creation? "Probably a waffle Nutella strawberry doughnut. It's one of my favorite recipes from the book. You'd have great pieces of a Belgian waffle with chunks of Nutella and strawberry bites."
Schrager also wrote the book on fried chicken with Fried and True, released in 2014, so it was a good time to get his take on the fried-chicken-and-doughnut trend that's working its way to Miami with the future openings of Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken and James Beard Award winner Michael Solomonov's Federal Donuts. Says Schrager: "I'll put it this way: Fried chicken has been around forever, and how long have we been eating Krispy Kremes in our car while no one's watching?
"I have to tell you, I love Michael Solomonov. He is not only the nicest guy in the world, but he's also the most talented and humble chef. To think that we're getting his doughnuts and fried chicken in Miami is amazing. I love it."
The Salty Donut/Lee Schrager mystery doughnut will be unveiled Saturday morning, June 25, at the Salty Donut pop-up in Wynwood. Get there early before they sell out.