Thursday, February 18, 2010

Homemade Chocolate Doughnuts

Valentine's Day this year in our household was pretty low-key - we'd decided to upgrade our cell phones for Valentine's Day, so I already knew what my gift for the day was, but I wanted to do something special. Naturally, I turned to my apron and trusty oven, and made some homemade baked doughnuts. My absolute favorite doughnut is a chocolate cake donuts drizzled with yummy glaze. I love Dunkin Donuts for doughnuts. They're certainly not as good as they used to be, but they're still pretty darn good.

These doughnuts were pretty good, although given that they're baked rather than fried, they're not quite as awesome as a good old fashioned fried doughnut. But you can comfort yourself that they are (mildly) more healthful this way. Not to mention less messy in the kitchen. I always make the biggest mess when I fry things. These are definitely a solid doughnut for a special breakfast, and perfect for a nice chocolate treat. These are best when they're warm, though they will keep for about a day. You must use a doughnut pan, but you can find these pretty cheaply on Amazon

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp melted butter

1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tbsp - 6 tbsp HOT water (depending on if you want icing or a glaze)

1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick.
3. Combine milk and butter in another bowl.
4. Alternately, combine egg mixture and milk mixture with flour mixture and mix until smooth and soft.
5. Spray doughnut pan lightly with cooking oil. Fill with batter 2/3 full.
6. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool (mostly). Carefully remove doughnuts from pan. Repeat with rest of batter.
7. Frost or glaze.


Denise said...

Ok, I have to try these and your steak and onion sandwiches THIS WEEKEND.
You are killing me. LOL! I
Want them NOW!
Stopping by from SITS!
Please stop by!

Unknown Mami said...

I don't even like donuts and I want to try these.

Amy said...

They look great!

Visiting from SITS!

Have a great day :)

Kat @ said...

These look amazing!! Want to try these tomorrow morning!

Miki said...

The chocolate glazed ones are my favorite too! Thanks for a healthier version! Miki

Leiah said...

O.M.Word! I want to get in my car and drive until I can find a donut pan and make these right now. I can't wait to try these out. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Charlene said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest and THANKS for visiting my Balance Beam! I think I'm in big trouble reading all these blogs about YUMMY GOODNESS when I'm trying to be REALLY strict on my eating this weekend (unlike usual.) Oh well. I will live vicariously through everyone else!

Anonymous said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! I've always wanted to try making donuts!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness those look so yummy! I have thought about making some Donuts last month but I don't have a deep fryer so im not sure how well that would turn out...

BUT... for the Lent I gave up sweets, and hopefully will be giving up a few pounds because of it also HA!

Jocelyn said...

Those look great! I love to bake but have never attempted donuts...maybe I will now:-) Visiting from sits.

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