THE DONUTTIEST

written by NANCY GORDON

 

Everyone needs a great donut … Follow your nose to Ruckus Donuts,
Atlantic Baking Co and Willow Bake Shoppe

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Ruckus Donuts

photography by TODD BROSS

“This all started as a whim,” said Todd Bross, owner and CFO (Chief Frying Officer) of Ruckus Donuts in Rockland.

A missed December 2016 delivery of bread flour led Todd, at that time the baker for the Boynton McKay Food Co. in Camden, to try his hand at making yeast donuts. And, cliché as it sounds, the rest is history.

“We opened Ruckus Donuts in August 2021 to lines waiting for the doors to unlock at 7:30. Before 9:oo all the donuts would be gone. We increased our capabilities and production immediately … and were still routinely selling out.”

Ruckus Donuts offers brioche-style raised donuts made fresh from scratch each morning (Todd arrives before 2am), which are then finished in a wide variety of flavors and styles, usually exceeding 20 varieties.

“We have something for everyone,” said Bross. From their best seller Classic (the quintessential raised glazed) and Cinnamon Sugar to vanilla, chocolate or strawberry sprinkled (named Willy Vanilly, Emoji and Homer respectively) to more contemporary finishes like Maple Bacon, Blueberry Lemonade and even filled donuts like Boston Creme, Espresso Creme or Chocolate Insanity.

“We offer three things: donuts, coffee and vibe/culture. Rockland and the Midcoast have been incredibly supportive and welcoming. I am blessed with an amazing team, and we can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for us.”

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Ruckus Donuts
377 Main St.
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 975-4388
ruckusdonuts.com
FB & Instagram: Ruckus Donuts

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Atlantic Baking Co.

photography by Hope Percy

Crullers, oh, delicious crullers! If you’re a fan of baking shows, you’ve probably heard of Pâte à Choux; it’s a French dough made with butter, flour, water, milk and eggs. If you bake the dough, you can make eclairs, cream puffs, gougères and a whole variety of other sweet and savory pastries; when you fry Pâte à Choux, you get crullers.

Crullers are light, airy, eggy, moist, almost melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts. Atlantic Baking Co. (ABC) keeps it classic and simple, topping them with honey glaze or rolling them in cinnamon sugar; and once in a great while, they top them with a chocolate glaze. Come to ABC some Saturday morning and watch their crullers flying off the counter.

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Atlantic Baking Co.
351 Main St. (a one-minute walk from the Farnsworth Art Museum)
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 596-0505
atlanticbakingco.com

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Willow Bake Shoppe

photography by DAVID JOSEPH

“I didn’t start a donut shop,” says David Joseph, HDF (Head Donut Technician) of Willow Bake Shoppe. “I bought a Midcoast tradition/landmark. I was in between chef/restaurant jobs. Karla, my wife and now company president, and I had discovered the shop a few years prior and had become friendly with one of the owners. We heard through the grapevine that the place was up for sale but didn’t want to believe it. Nor did we want anyone to come along and change a product we had totally fallen for. We were under the donuts’ spell. So, after much debate and a couple conversations with said owner, we decided to hire a skeleton crew (one other person) and take over this beloved Midcoast treasure.”

That was 10 years ago. They’ve gone through a lot as small-business owners and have admittedly made their share of rookie mistakes … but nevertheless, “We are still here! Just an old-fashioned Maine donut shop, one that grandparents bring their grandkids to so they can share and reminisce over a simple donut that has been around since 1949, when they came with their own grandparents.”

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Willow Bake Shoppe
1084 Commercial St.
Rockport, ME 04856
(207) 596-0564
Instagram + Meta (FB): @willowbakeshoppe

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