Bird DOUGHNUT

「見かけは懐かしい素朴なドーナツ。
さっくりと軽い食感で小麦の香りを感じる、
2個でも3個でもパクパクいける。
そんなドーナツを作りたい」というBirdの想いに
タケウチさんが情熱を注いで作ってくれた
レシピのドーナツです。
揚げ油にいたるまで厳選した素材で作っています。

Birdの名物ドーナツの話

Birdの構想は“ドーナツとコーヒー”から始まりました。思い描いていた雰囲気は、カフェといってもかわいくなく、おっさんくさい大人な店。そしてそんな店にちょっとまぬけなドーナツがあるのがいいなと。
2009年にBirdがオープンして以来、毎日よく働いているドーナツマシン。さかのぼること2003年のある日。TRUCK、Birdオーナー夫婦と料理家ケンタロウは、一緒に旅したオーストラリアで初めてそれを目にしました。長さ1m程の油のプールにポトンとネタが落とされ、プカプカと流れて半分地点でパタンと見事に裏返る。その後、残りの距離を進み最後に坂を登ってポトンとお皿に落ちる。その動きの可愛さ、楽しさに一目惚れ。3人は、いつかこのドーナツマシンが欲しい!と思い続けていました。そしてBirdをオープンする時、とうとう3人が6年越しにあこがれ続けたこのドーナツマシンの出番が来たのです!
そこで、当時大阪の靭公園前にあった伝説のベーカリー“ブランジュリタケウチ”、現在“生瀬ヒュッテ”のタケウチさんに想いを伝えました。「見かけは懐かしい素朴なドーナツ。小麦の香りを感じて2個でも3個でもパクパクいける、そんなドーナツを作りたい」その気持ちがタケウチさんの職人魂に火をつけ、約1ヶ月後、「出来ました!」と連絡が。「バゲットやカンパーニュの様な小麦の香りがする懐かしい味を目指しました」と。
タケウチさんのふわっと軽くて見事なドーナツを再現するため、スタッフは何度も試作を繰り返しました。誰が作っても均一なものが出来上がる粉もあるそうですが、Birdでは粉も揚げ油もすべてタケウチさんの考えに基づいた、おいしくて安心な添加物なしの材料を使っています。しかしそれらは、その日の温度や湿度によって微妙に調整しないといけないし、混ぜ方などによっても出来上がりが大きく変わる非常にデリケートで難しい素材。 見かけはさりげなく懐かしい雰囲気のBirdのドーナツ、でも実は奥が深いのです。

こだわりがいっぱい。Birdのドーナツ。

  • ○厳選された北海道産の小麦
  • ○沖縄・奄美産のさとうきびから作られる砂糖
  • ○沖縄で昔ながらの製法で作られる塩
  • ○広島の緑豊かな環境で、無農薬の手作り餌で大事に育てられた鶏の卵
  • ○これらの素材を酸化に強く時間が経っても油がまわりにくい無臭ごま油で揚げているので、ふわふわ、しっとり感が保たれます。

Simple. A light and fluffy texture,
the smell of wheat, an old-fashioned look
– that is a Bird doughnut.
Yet, they are more special than they seem.
They are made from specially-selected
ingredients right down to
the very oil that they are fried in.

The initial idea for Bird came from wanting “doughnuts and coffee.” When the owners imagined what kind of atmosphere it would have, despite being “a cafe,” they didn’t want it to feel cute. They wanted it to have a more grown-up, “old-mannish” kind of feeling, so they thought that having simple doughnuts would suit the atmosphere well.

Since Bird opened in 2009, the doughnut machine has been hard at work every day.
It was on one particular day in 2003 that TRUCK and Bird owners Tok and Hiromi and chef Kentaro first laid eyes on it while on a trip to Australia together.
They watched as the batter was plopped into a pool of oil about one meter long and floated down, oil gently bubbling around it, and at the halfway mark was flipped upside down in one spectacular movement. The doughnuts then continued their voyage, chugging up a little escalator before tipping over the edge and landing onto an awaiting plate.

The movement was so cute and fun to watch that they fell in love at that instant. Someday, all three of them thought, we want to get that doughnut machine! When Bird opened, it was finally time for the doughnut machine that they had longed for for over six years to make its debut.

They told Takeuchi, owner of the legendary bakery “Boulangerie Takeuchi”, what kind of doughnut they wanted.
“We want a plain, old-fashioned doughnut. One that you can taste the light texture and smell the scent of wheat in every bite. One you could devour two or even three of in one sitting!” they said. The master baker’s eyes lit up at the challenge and about a month later called, exclaiming excitedly, “I did it!”
He continued, “I was aiming for that same wheat smell of baguettes and French campagne bread with an old-fashioned flavor.”
For the staff to be able to reproduce the same extraordinary light and fluffy doughnuts that Takeuchi made, they had to practice making them over and over. Although it seems like anybody could make a similar doughnut with any ordinary ingredients, at Bird, all of the ingredients from the flour to the frying oil were carefully chosen by Takeuchi himself to be delicious, safe, and additive-free. However, the ingredients are very sensitive, requiring ever-so-slight adjustments depending on the temperature and humidity of the day, and can change considerably in appearance, texture, and flavor depending on how they are mixed together.

On the outside, Bird doughnuts look like ordinary, old-fashioned doughnuts. But on the inside, they are full of quality and care.

  • - Carefully selected wheat from Hokkaido
  • - Sugar made from sugarcane in Okinawa-Awami
  • - Salt made from a traditional Okinawan method
  • - Eggs from chickens raised on lush green farms and fed homemade organic feed in Hiroshima
  • - Fried in unscented sesame oil that is very resistant to oxidation so that even over time, our doughnuts retain their light and fluffy texture

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