These days, it’s sweet to be Salty.
The upstart gourmet doughnut shop in Wynwood, The Salty Donut, was featured Wednesday on the season two premiere of the Cooking Channel’s Sugar Showdown, where their creations were chosen the winners.
And now local doughnut fans can try the winning confection.
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Their cannoli doughnut, which won the judge’s hearts in the final round, is available this weekend at both their Wynwood location and their pop-up inside The Confidante hotel on Miami Beach. They sold out within the first hour at their beach location Friday morning but co-owner Andy Rodriguez said they are stepping up production to make the doughnut available all weekend and possibly next weekend, as well.
“There should be sufficient for everybody to taste it,” he said.
Salty Donut chef Max Santiago, a pastry chef of more than 20 years, and Rodriguez flew to Toronto in July to film the episode, where they competed against two other doughnut shops, Joe’s Doughs from Charlotte and Nibble Inc. from Troy, NY. The entire episode is available online at the Cooking Channel’s website.
“There’s no TV magic. There was a huge clock on the wall and we were going against the clock,” said Rodriguez, who acted as sous chef.
Using basil, the mystery ingredient, Santiago created a sweet basil and olive oil doughnut with a lemon zest glaze. That got them to the final round, where using the next mystery ingredient, tomatoes, Santiago created a cannoli doughnut with a whipped ricotta and sweet tomato jam filling, the ends of the log-shaped doughnut dipped in white chocolate and pistachios for just the right look.
“That’s the one that really won the day for us,” Rodriguez said.
If You Go
The Salty Donut
50 NW 24th St., Miami
Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. or when doughnuts sell out.
The Confidante Hotel
4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.