Monday, February 14, 2011

Chocolate Glazed Baked Doughnuts

I think I have been craving donuts since I saw the movie No Strings Attached, which was almost a month ago. If you haven't seen the movie there is a section where Natalie Portman eats a huge box of donut holes. This scene was not a dainty one-donut hole at a time kind of meal. I am talking about a down-in-the-dumps, eating by yourself, powdered sugar on your shirt kind of chow session. Now you want donuts too, don't you?


So this morning I decided to just do it, I figure if I bake donuts I will feel a little better about eating one...or two!



If your looking at this picture thinking its too much work for the early morning, its not. I promise its a quick prep, short bake time, and a great reward in the end.

Chocolate Glazed Baked Doughnuts


Donuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp butter, chilled
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten


Glaze:
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp whole milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease donut pan, if you don't have one use a muffin pan or mini-bundt pan. In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar; whisk till completely mixed. Using a pastry cutter or two forks cut the butter into the dry mixture till a course texture is formed. In a small saucepan heat milk till simmering, set aside. In a medium bowl combine egg, yogurt (I used sour cream because I didn't have any plain yogurt), vanilla, and warmed milk; mix till incorporated. All at once add wet mixture into the dry ingredients and blend just until incorporated, do not over mix. Spoon mixture into donut pan and bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick entered in center of a donut comes out clean. Remove and let cool in pan for 5 minutes; flip pan over and let donuts cool completely on metal rack.


For the glaze, in a medium saucepan combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla. Heat over medium until butter is melted, remove and add chopped chocolate. Whisk mixture till chocolate has melted, if it starts to separate (it did for me) add the confectioners' sugar and keep on whisking! While glaze is still hot, dunk the tops of donuts into the glaze and let cool till dry to the touch. This recipe makes ~8-10 full-size donuts. Enjoy!




I adapted this recipe from the yummy JoytheBaker!


When I made the batter, I thought it looked a bit too thick and when the donuts baked I thought they looked all ugly and bumpy, so if yours looks like this, don't worry! In the end they were springy and moist, just like a good cake donut should taste like! The chocolate glaze was delicious and for lack of a better phrase, the true icing on the cake!




I am super excited about my next post, lets just say I was channeling my inner Julia Child for Valentine's Day!


Happy Baking!

33 comments:

  1. I wont mind having a bumpy or ugly donuts, as long as they remain healthy, and yours are for sure. Love the chocolate glaze.
    Have a great week ahead.

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  2. I like baked donuts it's tasty and health too thanks for sharing this.

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  3. i always end up having a backlog of recipes to look up in yours and amy's (vanilla girl) blogs, CONSISTENTLY! chow session...haha true..chocolate eases depression. i love yours though i'm not in need of one right away! following you on flickr...

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  4. OMG!!!Yes, now i want donnuts!!!!
    So yummmy...I'm craving!

    Kiss,

    Rita

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  5. OK, I have been avoiding buying a doughnut pan because I figure I really don't need an excuse to eat doughnuts, but you twisted my arm here. Plus, they must be healthy, right?

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  6. Yum! I so want some for breakfast right now!! :-p They look so deliciously moist in the middle. Perfect!

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  7. Oh my, what a great breakfast! I would be in such trouble if I made these for breakfast haha. I love your confetti on top too, so cute.

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  8. These look great! Getting a good baked doughnut isn't too easy (I've tried it before and came out with a tasty round brick!) but these look like they are nice and soft and all kinds of yummy.

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  9. Oh goodness, oh my... I haven't had a doughnut in years, but that's because they are fried. But now you might have changed all of that for me. THANK YOU! I have some chocolate ganache sitting in the fridge waiting to be used up - won't that be great on top of this doughnut?! I think, YES! :)

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  10. These donuts look yummy! I've made fried donuts and they are a lot of work, baked sound to fun and easy!

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  11. drool- i can have these doughnuts every day in the morning!

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  12. Aah donuts! My favorite!!! I wish I had one of these right now, I've had a serious donut craving for three days now

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  13. Ive had a baked donut recipe sitting on my counter for 3 weeks now.. its about time I actually do something about it now that I see these delicious lil guys!!

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  14. There is always room for donuts. I totally crave them now too. ;)

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  15. I love doughnuts and can't stop myself after eating one. Crave worthy! These look so delicious.

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  16. This has made me want to run out and buy a doughnut pan! I guess your job here is done :)

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  17. You're amazing. I love your blog! I wish I had a doughnut pan. They look amazing.

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  18. Oh my gosh! YUM!!!!! You did an amazing job. Now I am craving donuts!

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  19. I can't imagine Natalie Portman doing that in real life! I can imagine me doing that, though lol

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  20. I am soooo ordering a donut pan right now! Great job!

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  21. Oh my gosh, homemade donuts have been everywhere lately and it's making me seriously crave one of my favorite vices! These look incredible, Debbie, and so cakey and delicious. Great job on them! They seem a lot easier than I thought they'd be, and I love that you can use a muffin pan for them... Looks like I'll be trying these soon!

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  22. I love these! I haven't seen that movie but I have had several donut pigouts in my time. No shame, I tell you.

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  23. I stopped eating donuts, because the fried donuts just taste like grease. these baked donuts on the other hand look wonderful. I'll have to try these soon.

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  24. I do want donuts now! But I think it has more to do with your pictures than the movie :)

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  25. I haven't had a donut in forever. Since I live in the heart of Krispy Kreme country, any other kind of donut just doesn't match up to a hot-out-of-the-oven KK. ::sigh:: That being said, I think you might have changed my mind. There's something to be said for a more guilt-free breakfast treat like yours!

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  26. How can you make such consistently beautiful food?! This looked so great and then the cute sprinkles! Really too much. You are a talent!

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  27. I love baked doughnuts and your glaze looks amazing.

    Thanks so much for the recipe!!

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  28. i love doughnuts and baked doughnuts are so much better for you! Those chocolate glazed doughnuts look delicious, I would love to have some for breakfast with my coffee!

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  29. it takes a lot of skill to make a gorgeous looking doughnut like that! looks so scrumptiously yummy <3

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  30. Thank you sooo much, i was able to make chocholate Bucheln, my filling more like syrup, all well..
    an excellent finish

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  31. YUM!

    Any suggestions for how to make donut holes??? I was thinking maybe a mini muffin pan, sort of donut-holey. I think donut holes sound delicious, but if I can't figure it out, I'll just stick with donuts! :)

    Thanks for the recipe - it looks awesome!

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  32. I haven't seen the movie, but I can relate on the cravings. I'm one of those people who will see a commercial for something and go out and buy it. I'm a marketer's dream!

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