Jan 22, 2016

Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Ganache frosting

We started the day with predictions of approximately 30 inches of snow fall this weekend!  This storm could land us in the history books, according to the weather channel.  So, after we set up a yard stick on our deck to record the accumulation, we hunkered down with a tasty breakfast.

When I think of meals during freezing snowstorms, I think "GOODBYE DIETS, Hello yummy comfort food!"  I mean, it's survivalistic, really.  Gotta have the extra layer of fat to keep me warm, just in case our power goes out and we can't heat our home! ;)

Donuts just scream 'yummy comfort food'.  Especially when talking about decadent chocolate donuts with chocolate ganache.  YUM.  

Make these.  Seriously.  Go.  Go now.  

CHOCOLATE DONUTS WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE
Yield - 10 donuts                  Prep Time - 15 minutes                 Cooking Time - about 11 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

Donuts-
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
heaping 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used 'special dark')
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache-
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup whole milk

Optional Toppings-
sprinkles
coloured sugar crystals


DIRECTIONS:

Donuts-
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray donut pans well with cooking spray, and set aside.  (I used two of these donut pans.)

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  

3.  In a small bowl, combine the whole milk and vinegar together.  Let sit for at least 1 minute, until it looks slightly curdled. Then add the applesauce and vanilla, whisking to combine.

4.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry, stirring to combine.  Be sure not to over mix, as that will cause your donuts to be too tough.

5.  Pipe the batter into your prepared donut pan, until each cavity is approximately 2/3 - 3/4 full.  (I just use a Ziploc bag that I've snipped out a corner.)

6.  Bake donuts, approximately 11 minutes.  You can tell they are done with they have risen to a dome, are spoungy to the touch, and pass the "toothpick test".  Sounds obvious...but don't overbake!  

7.  Cool the donuts in the pan on a wire rack, for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.  While the donuts are cooling, make the ganache frosting.

Ganache-
1.  Put the chocolate chips into a medium microwavable bowl, and microwave on high power for 1 minute.  Chips will not be completely melted, but will be soft.  That's what you want.  Set aside.

2.  In a small microwavable bowl (or glass measuring cup), add the whole milk and microwave until it is just bubble (but not boiling).

3.  Pour the warm milk over the chocolate chips, and let stand for about 1 minute.  Then whisk to combine, until smooth.

4.  Dip the top of the donuts into the ganache mixture, one at a time.  I tried to get a nice thick ganache layer because, personally, I LOVE frosting.  And this ganache makes for a fabulously thick and tasty donut top!  
*you will probably have extra ganache...unless you make a REALLY thick layer.  We dipped apple slices in it later in the day.  ooh la la!*

Optional - 
1.  After dipping the donuts, add any toppings you like.  My husband is not a fan of sprinkles (or jimmies, depending on where you live), so we left most of ours plain.  However, I love the visual colour punch that they give so I couldn't resist garnishing a few of them.  :)
You need to make the tasty treats when you know you are going to be stuck indoors for days and days.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!