Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baking powder is a beautiful thing

The last time I made chocolate donuts I left out the one ingredient that should make them rise.  This time?  I double and triple checked and everything was added this time.  I made these Christmas Eve morning.  Wanted to do something special, it ended up being special for lunch - you bet!  We had chocolate donuts for lunch and they were delicious!  Why not splurge at Christmas?

Glazed Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard-size doughnut pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the egg, vanilla, melted butter, sour cream, and milk until thoroughly mixed.

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag (or large kitchen bag with the corner snipped off). Fill the depressions in the prepared pan with the batter until 2/3 full. Alternatively, if appearance does not matter, you could spread the batter into the pan using an offset spatula, but this results in more unevenly shaped doughnuts. Bake the doughnuts for 15-18 minutes, or until puffed and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Glaze
1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, thin with a teaspoon or two of milk.

Spoon the glaze over the cooled doughnuts, allowing any excess to drip off. The glaze will take 10-15 minutes to set, depending on the thickness.

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