Heart shaped chocolate baked doughnuts
February 14, 2011
Hyvää Ystävänpäivää! (Happy Friend´s Day!)
As I mentioned before, in Finland we celebrate the “Friend´s Day” on February 14th. It is the day we celebrate the friendship and all the great friends we are lucky to know and have ^_^. ( Including lovers, husbands, boyfriends too… :D)
In this romantic, sweet and sugary spirit, I made doughnuts! Ahahaha, isn´t it just lovely :P ? Chocolate heart shaped and baked ones! Yay! Can´t get better than this :P.
Oh… I must warn those who are expecting a real doughnut feeling… Sorry guys, these are more like doughnut cakes than the yeast fried ones… but still good ;)!
Chocolate baked doughnuts
slightly adapted from here
Yields 12 normal sized doughnuts
- 130 gr all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder (I used Dutch-processed)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 75 gr sugar (I used my own vanilla scented one. You can add 1tsp of vanilla extract to the batter instead)
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (I used 1/4 tsp only)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup natural yogurt
- 1 large egg
Heat oven to 175°C. Lightly grease your doughnut pans. If you don´t have a doughnut pan, use a muffin tin or better, a mini-muffin one (they are just cuter ^_^)
In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk in the sugar, nutmeg and salt.
Add the butter by rubbing it into the dry ingredients with your fingers, until it becomes coarse crumbs.
In another bowl or jug, whisk the buttermilk, yogurt and egg. Pour over the flour mixture and mix gently until just combined. The mixture must remain “lumpy” for a fluffy result.
Fill the holes in the pan to 3/4 full using a piping bag for easier and even distribution. Overfilling the pan would result the loss of the “doughnuts holes” as they rise in the oven.
Bake for about 10-12 min (takes less if it is a mini-pan). Test the doughnuts with a skewer or press the surface with your finger, if it springs back, they are ready.
Let cool totally on a wire rack. Decorate if desired (I used white chocolate and sprinkles) or dust with sugar.
P.S. Happy Valentine´s day too ^_^!