26 January 2014

Triple Chocolate Donuts with Sprinkles


I recently bought a doughnut pan, well actually I bought two.

The first was a mini doughnut pan from Lakeland. My first try of it was a bit disastrous. I had some left over cake mixture and decided to make some mini doughnuts. It was silicone so I thought I wouldn't need to butter it. How wrong was I? So I gave up on that one. I'll go back to it, but next time I'll use some cake release spray.

Silicone. Pah! 

Ha, I've just noticed that although I went for the American spelling of donuts for my chocolatey treats, I'm actually thinking in a very English way as I write this. I'm surprised I didn't go for dough rings.

Anyway, I also bought a full size doughnut pan and decided to give it a try. This time I sprayed the tray with cake release spray. A wise move.

I'd pinned a recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread that looked yummy and I decided to try that. I changed it from cup measures to metric, played about with the quantities and ingredients and voila, the most indulgent chocolate chip doughnuts with a chocolate glaze and sprinkles.


I made these doughnuts vegan so Graham could enjoy them and they were lush, but you could equally replace the flax egg with a large free range egg if you wanted to.

Cooper was hovering about as I made these doughnuts, but I was in a fight against time to have them made before the winter Scottish sun dipped for the day, so I didn't let him help, however I did let him try the first doughnut.

As you can see, it was a messy business, but he really enjoyed them as everyone did who tried them. This is going to be my go-to chocolate doughnut recipe.




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Triple Chocolate Donuts with Sprinkles
Rich, decadent chocolate chip donuts, glazed with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles.
Ingredients
  • 220g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 110g dairy free spread, melted and cooled
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g dark chocolate chips
Instructions
1. Mix up your flax eggs. Each flax egg is 1 tbsp of freshly ground flax seeds (linseeds) with 3 tbsp of water. You need two for this recipe. Mix together and pop in the fridge to thicken.2. Preheat the oven to 350f/180c/160c fan/gas mark 4 and spray your donut pan with cake release spray.3. Sieve the dry ingredients together in a bowl and gently mixed together.4. Mash the banana and mix in the melted spread, vanilla extract and flax eggs..5. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a spatula, then fold in the chocolate chips.6. Pour some of the mixture into each ring of the donut pan, only filling to just a little less than ¾ full. Bake for 7 or 8 minutes until a skewer comes out mostly clean. Remember that chocolate cake benefits from being slightly under cooked. You will have to do the donuts in three batches unless you have more trays.7. When the donuts have cooled a little slide out of the pan and cool on a rack.8. Once the donuts are cool, melt some dark chocolate and spoon some over each donut, then top with sprinkles.9. Enjoy!
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Yield: Makes 18 donuts




 


59 comments:

  1. my goodness they look like utter perfection!... I must get me one of those pans, or maybe not, that woud be a one way ticket to trouble!

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    1. Ah, but that is the beauty of these Dom, apart from the chocolate, they are pretty healthy and anyway dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you. Just don't eat too many!

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  2. I had my hands on one of those pans this weekend and put it down. LOL!!! It looks like I should have bought it! Your donuts look soooo good! I'd like one now with the tea I'm drinking! So, I guess I'll be going back to the store and picking one up! LOL

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    1. Isn't that just typical Mary. I would recommend one, we loved the doughnuts.

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  3. Ohh wow!! They look amazing!! Yum! Yum x

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  4. Oh my. That definitely looks like something I could eat. And it's vegan. Just pinned it!

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    1. I hope you have the chance to try them, they are really, really good!

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  5. Looks lovely, chocolatey and moist, and your son clearly enjoyed the donuts :-) x

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    1. Oh how he enjoyed it, but look at the mess one small child can get in.

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  6. These look seriously good. I love chocolate banana cake and bet the bananas here keep them really moist. Wish I had one to go with my cup of tea right now!

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    1. They were moist and really rich, of course adding a ton of chocolate chips was a good move too!

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  7. Love the idea of baked doughnuts. I am always nervous of deep fat frying. Great pictures too, I wish I could tuck into some now.

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    1. I am too Tina. I love it, going to make some more soon!

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  8. Some of us are trying to lose the xmas weight !! You are not helping with recipes like this tempting us away from our virtuous path! Looks gorgeous.

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    1. Haha, just tell yourself it is healthy, bananas, flax seeds, no dairy, no eggs....... Shhhh!!!! don't mention the sugar or chocolate.

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  9. Hey Jaq, I absolutely love the photos all of them ! silicone is a mess huh? u have done loads of improvisation on the recipe too, must try this but minus the sprinkles no love loss there , maybe one for a photo hehhe... and I don't mind a vegan recipe at all !

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    1. I am trying to develop vegan recipes with no odd and off putting ingredients, I do so hate those.

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  10. Thanks for letting me know that the silicone is pants. I kind of already knew that, and have really hated all my experiences with it, but I did see donut pans just the other day and thought I'd get one - now I know to go for metal.

    I have an almond flower recipe that is also tasty and vegan-friendly that I'll be experimenting with...!
    The ganache frosting looks DIVINE. Yum.

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    1. Thanks Tanita, and sounds like this is good timing for you. Definietly go for the metal.

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  11. These look so good Jac. I can see from the pictures that I'm not the only one who thinks so. What a fab idea to make cakey baked dougnuts and then cover them with chocolate sauce - mmm. As you know, I'm a big fan of silicon, but I do find it's a good idea to grease the moulds the first few times you use them.

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    1. I know, I've maybe been to down on it. I will give it another go before giving it away.

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  12. Cooper really does look SO happy with those!

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    1. He was, he loved it. That boy is mad on chocolate!

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  13. AWESOME pics of Cooper!!! What a cutie. Call me unimaginative (I am) I didn't think of making doughnuts healthier by using a healthier cake mix and baking, not frying. FAB idea, and one I'll definitely be trying. Yours looks droolworthy :)

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    1. They are really worth trying and I think you will find they go down well :)

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  14. I have never made donuts - they look yummy (and messy!!)

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  15. Cooper looks AWESOME! As well as the donuts, but he's much cuter! ;)

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  16. Enticing. Entrancing. Gorgeous. Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Kellie and thanks for sharing them :)

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  17. I am having such a sweet moment now that I really really want one of these. With tons of sprinkles.

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    1. Wish I could pass one to you Bintu, but they are long gone :(

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  18. I DO love to see photos of Cooper and his baking prowess with his mum! LOVELY photos as always and a VERY nice recipe too!

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  19. Fab looking donuts! And happy smiles all around.

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  20. Oh, Jac, these look utterly divine. I'm not sure I'll make it through the day a dougnut hit now...

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  21. Donuts are probably the world's most comforting comfort food. They have something that makes them a favorite treat.

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    1. I think they are so great because the are one portion. A full size is too tempting.

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  22. I so need a doughnut pan in my life! They look so tempting with the glaze and sprinkles on!!

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  23. Oh my word Jac how good do they look?! I needs me a doughnut pan... well it's probably the last thing I need, but I WANT one!!!!!!!!! Love the cute pix of Cooper too :-)

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    1. Haha, yes you probably have cupboards brimming with cake pans, but yes, you do need one and thanks :)

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  24. Wow they look wonderful. I host a popular recipe linky on my blog every Tuesdays (featuring recipes by my award winning restaurateur and chef father) if you fancy joining!

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  25. Oh these do look good. I bought some silicon doughnut rings but have not got round to using them yet. I must, this weekend!

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  26. A doughnut pan seems to me to be a very good addition to the baking cupboard and these look really amazing. Lucky Cooper!

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  27. Oh gawd, they look tasty and Cooper looks scrummy!
    Janie x

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  28. My goodness Jac, they look devilishly good xx

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  29. Why did I read this when I have no doughnuts about my person?! They look scrumptious x

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  30. I am book marking to try later, nice recipe and eggless too.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x