Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chocolate Doughnuts Worth Dunking!

My son has been begging since he came home from school yesterday for chocolate doughnuts, I told him we could go out to Whole Foods today and get some and he said "No! Yours!". Well, how I can I turn that down? We were out of chocolate chips for melting down so I used cocoa powder to cover the doughnuts. They turned out fantastic! Serve with a glass of milk and you will be in heaven!

Chocolate Doughnuts

3/4 cup milk (I use almond milk)
3 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp butter, at room temperature (Earth Balance is a great butter substitute)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs (egg substitution is fine here, just mix it with seltzer)
vegetable oil or shortening for frying

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
(out of cocoa powder- use hot chocolate powder mix)

To make doughnut:
In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed beat butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time and continue to beat until mixture is smooth. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of bowl. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add milk*. Add flour mixture and continue to mix until dough comes together.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and SPRINKLE VERY GENEROUSLY (dough is really sticky otherwise) with flour. Turn dough onto one of the baking sheets and top with flour. Flatten with hands until 1/2 inch thick. Use more flour if dough is still wet. Transfer to freezer until slightly hardened, about 20 minutes. Cut out doughnuts (or I like using a circle cutter for doughnut holes). Put cut outs on baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20-30 minute. (you can also cut out dougnuts and place in a freezer safe container for up to 2 weeks)

Add enough vegetable oil or shortening to deep sided pan for 3 inch deep. Line a plate with paper towels. When oil is hot fry each doughnut for approx 60 seconds- golden brown- flip. Drain on towel.

For Topping:
Mix 1/4 cup cocoa powder with 1/4 cup sugar.
Roll donuts in topping.

Note: The doughnuts from the photo above were devoured directly after being photographed.

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