A self-described pumpkin enthusiast, Edward Allen has spent years seeking out every variety of seasonal squash-flavored product, from body scrubs to bubblegum to beer. We asked him to be Los Angeles magazine’s official holiday pumpkin correspondent, and lend his gourd-spertise to some of the season’s most outrageous pie-spiced goodies. (Note: He’s also one of the founders of local PR firm Urban + Allen; unfortunately for him, none of his clients are pumpkins.)
When I first heard that Plan Check was going to serve a Pumpkin and Spice Latté Doughnut in October, I believe the first words out of my mouth were, ”Yes Ma’am!”
But how exactly does one merge a doughnut with a latte? I went by the Sawtelle spot for a little “research” and here’s what I discovered: It’s a cruller with spiced sugar, whipped candied pumpkin, cold brew coffee-flavored pastry cream, and whipped cream. The cruller itself is warm and sweet and the candied pumpkin on top reminds me of pumpkin pie filling before you bake the pie. (Trust me, I’ve eaten several spoonfuls of that in my day.)
Devoted pumpkin lovers such as myself will want to ask for extra whipped candied pumpkin because the serving was pretty light. In fact, ask for two extra servings and you will be in pumpkin bliss! There was a lot of whipped cream, which is always good, and the cold brew coffee pastry cream was a nice touch. Most likely inspired from the pumpkin trend that started it all: the pumpkin spiced latte.
Score: 3.5 Jack-O-Lanterns (out of 5)
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., West L.A., 310-288-6500