So, after a long absence from blogging in which I studied for my third bar exam (you read that right. Three bar exams. Yes, I do have a lot of mental problems) I’m back to blogging. About donuts. One of my most favorite things in the world.
A long time ago I found a recipe for banana donuts. Since my husband’s family is crazy for banana donuts and they are pretty rare to find in donut shops I thought I’d order a donut pan and try them. They were …ok. I’ve tried a few other recipes which were all also …ok. And I had almost given up. And then I googled “baked chocolate donuts” and found this recipe on the King Arthur website. If there is one place I trust for baked goods, it’s the flour website. So I attempted them. And. Fantastic results! So chocolately! SO CHOCOLATEY.
Look, these are probably not much better for you than the fried donuts at Safeway. But you can certainly try to figure out a way to make them healthier. Plus, you can make them at home. In your jammies. Which is not to say you can’t go to Safeway in your jammies. It’s just easier to stay at home.
So, get yourself a donut pan and experiment with making them at home. Yes, you are welcome for the suggestion.
Baked Chocolate Donuts (from King Arthur)
- 2/3 cup Dutch Process-Cocoa
- 1 3/4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon espresso powder, optional (I used cinnamon!)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons vinegar, white or cider
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) melted butter or 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Frosting: 1 cup chocolate chips, 4 TBSP milk or cream
- Preheat oven to 350 (PLEASE NOTE: my donut pan has an extremely dark coating on it so I set the oven to 325)
- Stir together all the dry ingredients, including brown sugar and chocolate chips. Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl and then add to dry ingredients. Mix together until everything is incorporated.
- Spoon into greased donut pan OR squeeze out of a ziplock with the corner cut off, fill about 3/4 full.
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you stick the toothpick in and it comes out chocolately, check to see if that’s just a melted chocolate chip or actual uncooked donut.
- Let donuts cool in the pan for 4-5 minutes then gently invert the pan and turn them out onto a cooling rack. If you are going to frost them, make sure they cool completely.
- TO FROST: melt chocolate chips and milk in a microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds or until milk steams. Stir until chocolate is smooth. Either dip the donuts in the bowl or spoon the frosting over the donuts.
- Decorate with sprinkles if you want.