“How bad is it if my dinner consists only of chocolate donuts?”
After conducting a quality control test of the batter (always a necessary step) and then the final product of my experiment, I was so incredibly satisfied that I had to send the above text message right away. Partly because I was ecstatic that I baked something that didn’t feel as hard as a brick when finished, and partly because I knew that if I didn’t keep my fingers busy with something besides these donuts, there wouldn’t be any left to take pictures of. Oh my, my, these are fantastic.
I have to warn you that these are not your typical donuts. If you are envisioning steamy Krispy Kreme glazed beauties to pop out of the oven…stop. These looked more like cupcakes (I don’t own a donut pan and didn’t really want to go buy one) but they taste just like cake donuts from Dunkin’. Nutmeg is the key ingredient to this flavor, so don’t leave it out!
If you have a donut pan, go on and use it. But by no means is it necessary. Once topped with a quick and easy chocolate glaze, you will see the beauty in these giant, baked donut-holes and will probably wish to make them your dinner, as well. Seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day, I think chocolate for dinner is perfectly acceptable.
Baked Chocolate Donuts
Makes 9 to 10 “donuts”
Adapted from King Arthur Flour recipe
7/8 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. kosher salt
dash of ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp. plain non-fat yogurt
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Using a hand mixer (or just a whisk), mix yogurt, eggs, and oil in a small bowl until well combined and foamy.
3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix until just combined. Batter will be thick and very gooey.
4. Heat oven to 375 F, and grease muffin pan (or donut pan) with butter or cooking spray.
5. Fill cups half-way with dough.
6. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Check every minute once they reach the 7-minute mark (all ovens are different). You know they’re ready when you gently touch the tops and the dough springs back without sinking.
7. Let rest for 5 minutes before gently removing from muffin cups and placing on a cooling rack.
Quick Chocolate Glaze
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
1. In a small saucepan, heat butter and chocolate chips over medium-low until chips are melted.
2. Beat in sugar and milk. Until just combined.
3. Drizzle glaze over donuts while still warm. Let rest for 5 minutes to harden.
Happy Valentine’s Day!