A shop dedicated to doughnuts, you say? In Leith? When we heard the news that Twelve Triangles was opening up a café just around the corner, we were ecstatic, to say the least. Along with the rest of Edinburgh, we have been a fan of Lovecrumbs since their opening in 2011, so when they decided to branch out from cakes to dough based culinary delights, we were eager to find out more.
We asked Hollie from Twelve Triangles a few questions about the doughnuts, the inspiration and the café.
Q: What makes the perfect doughnut?
A: A long, slow prove.
Q: How do you come up with such inventive flavour combinations?
A: Our lady bakers are very inventive. They read a variety of cookbooks and are inspired by what is in season. Our customers are usually pretty adventurous so that encourages us to be bold!
Q: Do you make all the doughnuts yourself on site?
A: We do. We have a big commercial kitchen on an industrial estate on Brunswick Road. People are very curious about it so we have started hosting a monthly dinner down there.
Q: Any tips for making doughnuts at home?
A: Be patient, mix your dough for a long time and add your butter slowly.
Q: What was the inspiration behind Twelve Triangles?
A: We have been making cakes for Lovecrumbs for three years and fancied changing things up a bit. We sent our head baker on a bread making course and it was something she was really interested in so it started from there. The dough based product range just grew from there.
Q: It’s not just doughnuts on offer, what else is available?
A: We make real break – a rye and a white sourdough – which we sell by the loaf and toasted by the slice with homemade ricotta and dukkah or jam. We also offer doughnuts, croissants, swirly buns, tea from Anteaques, coffee from Steampunk, Roots soda and Kitsch soda and of course, hot chocolate from Coco Chocolatier.
Q: What about pop-up events? Any planned?
A: We actually did a pop up at Edinburgh Food Festival in George Square this year, and will be at Anthropologie for a day later on in the Festival.
Q: Who would you most like to collaborate with in Edinburgh?
A: We really wanted Mary at Mary’s Milk Bar to fill our doughnuts with her gelato – and she now does that every Friday so we’re pretty excited about that!
Q: We love Steampunk (in North Berwick) and you now use their beans for your coffee. How did that come about?
A: We’ve been friends with Cath for a few years (we eat a lot of Sushi together!) and we go to North Berwick and to the van at the Stockbridge Market and it just went from there. They are really passionate about coffee so they’re great to work with.
Q: What attracted you to Leith?
A: Our kitchen is round the corner from Twelve Triangles so it’s an area that we are familiar with and like a lot. Like West Port, it attracts quite a wide range of people, it is very lively and is home to lots of people who care about where their food comes from and are keen to support local businesses.
Q: Finally, what are your top tips for home baking?
A: Practice! Read your recipe all the way through before you start so that you know what’s coming, take your time and make a day of it.
If you would like to visit Twelve Triangles (which we recommend you do, as soon as possible), you can find out more here.
Find them: 90 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh
Telephone: 0131 629 4664
Opening Hours: 8-5 MON-FRI, 9-5 SAT, 10-5 SUN