Dish of the Week: District Doughnut’s cherry blossom doughnut

Media Credit: Sarah Urtz | Assistant Photo Editor

District Doughnut's cherry blossom doughnut is topped with a sweet cherry in its center and a pie crust crumble.

For a quick breakfast or an afternoon treat, check out District Doughnut for a sweet handcrafted delicacy.

It’s hard to miss District Doughnut’s turquoise blue and white storefront at 3327 Cady’s Alley in Georgetown. Inside the shop, white brick walls are covered with abstract paintings in shades of blue, customers can sit at tall wooden tables and accents of turquoise blue on the counters make for an Instagram-worthy background for a photo of you and your doughnut.

Behind a glass-enclosed counter, a seasonally-inspired selection of doughnuts are on display along with some classic flavors served all year long.

District Doughnuts’ spring menu, which is available from March until the end of the month, features flavors like a blueberry glazed doughnut ($3); a dulce de leche creme brulee doughnut ($3.50), which has a sugar crust that is blow-torched to a crisp and prepared fresh for each customer; a savory everything bagel doughnut ($3.50) filled with chive cream cheese; and a raspberry peanut butter and jelly doughnut ($3.50).

Year-round flavors include a cake-style brown butter doughnut ($2.75), a vanilla bean glazed doughnut ($2.75) and Funfetti ($2.75) and milk chocolate Funfetti ($3) doughnuts.

All of the treats are decorated with flavorful icings, crunchy toppings like sprinkles or baklava and sensational jelly and cream fillings. It may be difficult to decide which doughnut to choose with so many tempting options, but there is one seasonal doughnut that captures the essence of spring in the District.

The cherry blossom doughnut elevates a typical cherry-flavored doughnut with its pie crust crumble and cream cheese drizzle.

The donut is covered in sticky, white maraschino-flavored cream cheese icing that gives the baked vanilla bean doughnut moisture. The treat is also topped with a sweet cherry in the middle to resemble a cherry blossom in full bloom. Its pie crust crumble coats the cherry in the middle of the doughnut, and an extra drizzle of cream cheese icing artfully finishes off the sweet treat.

The cherry blossom doughnut is filled with a thick and tart cherry pie filling packed with chunks of cherry, adding a twist to a traditional jelly-filled doughnut. While the jelly is tart, the flavor is balanced out with the sweet white maraschino glaze.

The dough is slightly chewy, but the exterior is crisped by the shell of glaze that covers the outside of the doughnut, making the treat sturdy enough to not fall apart in your hands.

If you’re not in the Georgetown area, District Doughnut has three additional locations in Barracks Row of Capitol Hill, The Wharf and Union Market.

Before spring gives way to summer, head to District Doughnut and grab one of these distinctly D.C. doughnuts.

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