Monday, January 2, 2012

Chocolate Doughnuts

Christmas morning, I made our favorite chocolate doughnuts from a recipe I tweaked years ago.  I bake mine, but they can also be fried.

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup double dutch dark cocoa
4 tablespoons butter
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup milk ( slightly more if you are baking doughnuts - add enough to make a thick batter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In small saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate, stir to combine. In large mixing bowl combine the butter and chocolate mixture with the eggs and sugar. In separate bowl, mix together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour and cocoa. Add this mixture to the egg mixture. Add milk and vanilla.  If frying, wrap dough with plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least one hour.  Roll dough and cut into shapes before frying in 350 degree oil.  If baking, place in doughnut pan and bake at 350 degrees until doughnuts spring from sides of pan and to touch (about 20 minutes).   Glaze and  Enjoy!  I use a simple glaze of glazing sugar, milk and vanilla.

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