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Jelly doughnuts

June 26, 2003|Jessica Strand

Want a little custard with that?

At Grace, pastry chef Elizabeth Belkind makes a dessert of three yeast-raised doughnuts filled with homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam and sprinkled with sugar. On the same plate are a rich vanilla custard and a tiny pool of red-wine caramel sauce. You dip your doughnut in the caramel, then into the custard. (Jelly doughnuts with vanilla custard, $7.)

Grace, 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 934-4400.

Raspberry jelly and chocolate

If you want a doughnut still warm from frying, a good time to try Stan's Corner Donut Shoppe is between 8 and 10:30 a.m. on Friday or Saturday. Owner Stan Berman makes five varieties of jelly doughnuts, including the Ina (named for his wife), a chocolate-glazed doughnut filled with raspberry jelly. Other variations include raspberry-filled and lemon-filled glazed doughnuts and blueberry-filled crumb doughnuts. (Jelly doughnut, $1.)

Stan's Corner Donut Shoppe, 10948 Weyburn Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 208-8660.

Powdered or glazed

Bob Tusquellas makes doughnuts twice a day at Bob's Coffee & Donuts, early in the morning and in the afternoon. They're filled with raspberry jam and either glazed or dusted with powdered sugar. (Jelly doughnut, 75 cents.)

Bob's Coffee & Donuts, Farmers Market, West 3rd Street and North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 933-8929.

Satisfy sweet tooth day and night

If you like Googie architecture and doughnuts, the Donut Hole has it all. You can't miss it -- as you approach this drive-in, you see two mammoth chocolate doughnuts in a baker's box. There are two kinds of jelly doughnut here, raspberry and lemon, both glazed. By the way, the place is open 24 hours a day, so if the craving hits, you know where to go. (Jelly doughnut, 70 cents.)

Donut Hole, 15300 Amar Road, La Puente, (626) 968-2912.

Bursting with berry flavor

Blinkie's opens at 5 a.m. Not that long ago the shop would close its doors by 2 ... when the supply of doughnuts ran out. But now, by popular demand, it stays open until 5 p.m. Its jelly doughnut is yeast-raised, glazed and filled with scarlet-red raspberry jelly. (Jelly doughnut, 70 cents.)

Blinkie's Donut Emporium, 4886 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, (818) 884-4456.

-- Jessica Strand

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