My parents were very conventional food-wise so meat and 3 veg were the go most of the time. I only got to try a lot of different foods when I left home and went to live in share houses with hippies who were either vegetarian or vegan, dope-smoking, guitar playing, free loving, folk dancing crazies...
So, to get to my point, I had most likely never eaten a doughnut till I was in my 20's. I don't like to fry foods- not because of health issues but because I am a total chicken when it comes to hot oil spattering at me. I love kitchen gadgets, and I have quite a collection of variously-shaped baking pans so how could I resist the cute as a button doughnut pan at my local shopping centre?
There are some interesting-looking recipes for baked doughnuts on the Net, but I decided to have a go at this one from Shutterbean's blog. I am a big coffee fan so the hint of coffee in this one attracted me, though I would like to try many more!
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda- yes I stuck to this even tho I wondered if baking powder was meant
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil-I used peanut oil as you want one with very little taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
for the topping:
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 90g. cream cheese, melted- I shoved this in the microwave for 25 seconds
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons milk- I found I needed very little milk; perhaps even none
- chocolate sprinkles or whatever bling you have (optional)
Set your oven to 170C. Grease your doughnut pan, by either spraying it with oil or rubbing a bit of oil around each little hole especially around the spindle. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, coffee powder and salt together (or sieve them!.) In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, sugar, egg, oil and vanilla until smooth. Add wet ingredients to the dry ones; whisk together till well-combined.
Spoon batter into a jug with a good lip. Pour the batter into your oiled doughnut pan, making sure you leave a bit of room at the top so they can spread out whilst baking. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool them in the pan for a few minutes, then carefully turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
In a small bowl, combine the coffee powder with hot water and stir until dissolved. Add melted cream cheese and stir until you get a lovely smooth dark liquid. Add the icing sugar in 2 or 3 lots, then stir in the vanilla, and add the milk to thin out glaze if necessary. If the consistency is too thin, add more sugar. If too thick add a bit more milk. (I found it very thin, and probably should have used only 1 tbs of milk).
Dip doughnuts into bowl of glaze and allow the excess to drip back into the bowl. Place them on the rack. Top with bling and eat!
|ready to mix in|
|batter ready for the oven|
|they look so cute when they come out|
|ingredients for the glaze|
|all blinged up and ready to eat!|
|pretty enough to eat|