The Little Epicurean

Oct 31 2011

Halloween Donuts

Last Thursday was an exciting and mementos day for me and The Little Epicurean.  A photograph of my s’mores cupcake and a little snippet about my blog was mentioned in the Foods Section of the Los Angeles Times!  I’ve never been so happy to see my name in print.

I think my parents bought five copies of the paper that day.  I was surprised that friends and family bought the paper as well.  Words can’t explain how thankful and blessed I feel to have support and encouragement from so many people.
My Friday afternoon was spent baking up a storm of Halloween inspired goodies.  I made these pretty little baked donuts for my friend’s Hallow-Wine party.  Mini baked donuts are cute, versatile and very tasty.  They are a nice alternative to cupcakes, cake pops, and macarons.  They don’t require refrigeration, can be made in advance, and are very easy to transport.  Once the glaze is set, these Halloween donuts can be easily stacked and carried away.
Baked donuts are gaining popularity here in California.  Especially with places like Fonuts and Babycakes NYC, its obvious there is a demand for alternative baked goods for the health conscious and those with allergies.   You can easily make vegan or vegetarian friendly baked donuts by swapping out the eggs, milk, and butter with soy and fruit puree.
I had a lot of fun baking and decorating these delicious treats.  I ended up with over 8 dozen mini donuts (let’s not factor in all the ones I ate or taste-tasted). I’m thinking about making these again for Thanksgiving.  I want to set up a decorating station where everyone can dip their donuts in chocolate and sprinkle as they please.  Warm baked donuts and coffee after stuffing your face with turkey and mashed potatoes–  I think that’s a winner.
Wine and baked donuts make another winning combination.  I think the empty sheet tray I brought back home is a good enough indicator that people enjoyed these at the party.
Happy Halloween!  Have fun, be safe, and eat lots of candy!

Baked Chocolate Donut
makes 24 mini donuts

Ingredients

  • 100 g all purpose flour
  • 25 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 15 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 100 g whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla paste

Method
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.  Lightly grease mini donut pan with cooking spray ( Pam, Baker’s Joy) or use a non stick donut pan.

2.  Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and espresso powder.  Place into a medium size bowl and whisk in sugar.  Set aside.

3.  Whisk together melted butter, egg, milk and vanilla paste.

4.  Add wet ingredients to bowl of dry ingredients.  Mix well until combined and there are no dry streaks of flour left.

5.  Fill prepared piping bag with batter.  Pipe batter into prepared donut pans, filling mold a little over half full.  Bake 8-10 minutes.  Let cool in pan for 2 minutes before unmolding.  Let donuts cool on rack before frosting or decorating.

Chocolate Glaze
Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

Method
1.  Melt together chocolate chips, butter, corn syrup, honey, and milk in the microwave at 15 second intervals.  Once melted, add vanilla paste and stir until combined.  Let sit for a couple minutes to thicken.

2.  Dip tops of donuts into the chocolate glaze.  Sprinkle with your choice of topping (chocolate jimmies, chopped nuts)  Let cool at room temperature for glaze to set.

3. If glaze gets too stiff or thick, microwave at 15 second intervals until fluid.  You can also flavor the glaze with extracts and oils.

Spice Donuts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp More Than Cake Pumpkin Spice powder or substitute pumpkin pie spice or ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla paste

Method
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease mini donut pan with cooking spray or vegetable oil.  Prepare a piping bag with a small round tip.

2.  Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice powder. Set aside.

3.  In a large bowl,  beat together sugar and egg until thick and light in color.

4.  Add dry ingredients to sugar egg mixture.  Mix until combined.

5.  Whisk together oil, milk and paste paste.  Add to batter in two additions until incorporated.  Let batter stand for 3-5 minutes to thicken.

6. Transfer batter to prepared piping bag. Pipe batter into donut pan filling each mold a little over half full.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Let cool in pan for 2 minutes before unmolding.  Let cool on rack until ready to decorate.

Sugar Glaze

Ingredients

 

Method
1.  In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients.  Stir until smooth and thick.  Add additional confectioner’s sugar if necessary.

2.  Dip tops on donut into the glaze.  Decorate.  Let cool on rack to set glaze.

3.  If glaze hardens too fast, microwave at 10 second intervals until fluid.

   

9 Responses to “Halloween Donuts”

  1. October 31, 2011
    9:10 pm

    Congrats on your blog being mentioned in the newspaper.

    Doughnuts look great.

  2. October 31, 2011
    10:32 pm

    I just recently found your blog and I am beyond impressed with your recipes. The photos alone make me drool at the computer.

  3. November 1, 2011
    6:20 pm

    gorgeous photo- just saw it on Tastespotting and thought i’d say hello!

  4. November 1, 2011
    6:31 pm

    @Christine- Thank you!

    @Organically Mo- I’m glad you found my blog! Thanks! Looking at the photos make me pretty hungry too.

    @Jo- Hello! Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. November 2, 2011
    2:14 pm
    Breanna says...

    A good friend of mine has recently gotten me hooked on food blogs and yours is at the top of my follow list. Those doughnuts look amazing and I’m going to try them at my next get together. I do want to know, where did you get that awesome spiderweb cake stand? I want one.

  6. November 2, 2011
    10:45 pm

    @Breanna- Thanks for following! I found the spiderweb cake stand last year at a store called Home Goods. I also saw it at TJ Maxx this year. Its such a steal, I think it was $12! Hope you are able to find it. :)

  7. November 6, 2011
    5:03 am

    Those colours! Amazing!

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