Chocolate Doughnuts

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There are two things in the world that go incredibly with coffee – chocolate and doughnuts. Not only does coffee go beautifully with a freshly baked doughnut, but it helps bring out all that beautiful chocolate flavour. That’s why these chocolate and espresso doughnuts are so good – the flavours just make sense.

The doughnuts themselves are a simple and flavoursome chocolate, but it’s the rich espresso and chocolate icing that really sets them apart. The bold flavours of the coffee bring out a beautiful richness in the cocoa and impart a lingering hint of coffee upon the doughnuts. If you love a good cup of coffee, these doughnuts will be right up your alley!

Unlike many doughnuts these ones are baked, making them not only healthier than their fried counterparts but also much quicker to make – no heated oil required! While you will need a doughnut pan to make them it’s definitely worth popping out and picking one up – not only are baked doughnuts delicious, but they’re super easy to make – you’ll have a batch prepared, baked and iced in less than 30 minutes.

The finished doughnuts make the perfect treat to enjoy for afternoon along with your favourite hot drink – like this Fairtrade London Tea. Delish!

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Ingredients

Doughnuts – recipe adapted from Food Family Finds

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup + 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 15g butter, melted

Icing

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 25ml strong, good quality coffee
  • 1 Tbsp boiling water

Method

Doughnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees Celsius and grease doughnut pan.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add milk, egg, vanilla and butter. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Scoop mixture into a large piping bag or snaplock bag and pipe into doughnut pan, filling each cavity ½ full with batter.
  4. Bake 12 – 14 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool slightly in pan before removing and placing on wire rack to cool completely.

Icing

  1. Place icing sugar and cocoa in a small bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Add prepared coffee and boiling water and stir until smooth and glossy. Icing should be thick and creamy, yet runny enough to smooth itself out again if you pour it into a bowl.
  3. Spread icing over doughnuts using an offset spatula or knife. Add sprinkles and allow to set.

 

And last but not least, eat and enjoy!