Monday, November 29, 2010

Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

by Darla

Alright, so my turkey turned out pretty good. It did. But honestly, it wasn’t great, and that made me a little sad. Just a little. I wanted to make a super fantastic, mouthwatering, irresistible turkey dinner. Instead I made a nice turkey dinner. I think, though, that mostly it was just that the work involved didn’t really give a big payoff. As I said before, I usually just make turkey breast for Thanksgiving, and I’ll be doing that again next year, because in the end, the results were no different.

Why would they be? Something in my brain had me convinced that roasting a whole turkey this year would yield something far different than just roasting a turkey breast. What was I thinking?! They’re basically the same thing! Unless, of course, you’re craving a drumstick…

I brined the turkey using PW’s favorite turkey brine, but I have to be 100% honest and tell you that it didn’t do a whole lot for our turkey.Well, the turkey was juicy, yes, but it didn’t seem to pull any of the flavors from the brine, which was disappointing. I rubbed the whole turkey with a delicious herb butter that we all enjoyed very much, though, and I’ll definitely be doing something similar from now on. All in all, it was a good bird, and definitely a good learning experience.

Anyway, though, our Thanksgiving was wonderful, and dinner was delicious! I also made homemade, creamy mashed potatoes (and totally fried my blender in the process), green beans, sweet cranberry sauce, and (my favorite!) homemade dinner rolls. Not much, but there were only the three of us, and even this was still too much for us. For dessert we had mini pumpkin cheesecakes and pumpkin bread, both with fresh whipped cream.

I had decided a few nights before the big day, though, that I wanted to do something fun for breakfast too. I quickly settled on donuts.

Um, can you say yum?! Donuts are the best thing ever! I. love. donuts. If there are donuts, I can’t resist. It’s a little ridiculous how much I love them.Which is why it’s so ironic that I’ve never made them before… But then again, I never had this pan before:

The hubster got me this adorable mini donut pan a few weeks ago. Mine is made by Norpro, but there are a few other options to choose from. I could hardly wait to try it out, and decided thanksgiving was a great excuse to break it in! I only had to decide on the flavor. I knew I wanted to make either a sweet and cinnamon-y option, or something chocolaty, but it was the hubster who decided because I froze with indecision. He was more intrigued by a spicy chocolate and marshmallow idea, so I went for it, and they turned out really tasty!

I have to admit, though, that these were more time consuming than most of the treats I tend to make. The donuts themselves, as well as the glaze I used, were super easy and fast. I had four dozen donuts mixed, baked, and glazed in about 30 minutes. It was the frosting that took a while. But really, it only added another 30 minutes or so of time, and if you’re not worried about getting your hands a little sticky, then the work is simple too. The donuts themselves, as well as the glaze, can be made vegan and dairy-free (but not the marshmallow frosting).

For these donuts, you’ll need flour, cocoa powder, milk (or soy milk), eggs (or applesauce), melted unsalted butter (or margarine), vanilla extract, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and ground chipotle. If you want to punch up the chocolate flavor, you can also add a little instant espresso powder.

Combine the spices, salt, baking powder, sugar, flour, and cocoa. Stir in the milk, butter, and vanilla, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, and mix until just combined. Scrape the bowl and give a final stir.

To get the batter neatly in the donut pan, I used a piping bag. In order to fill it without a lot of hassle, I just placed it in a tall drinking glass and folded the top of the bag over the edge of the glass.

Then all I had to do was pour some of the batter in, remove the bag from the glass and twist the top closed before snipping the end off.

Spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking spray (I used the baking kind that has flour in it), then using the piping bag, fill each of the donut rings half full. Try not to overfill them.

Bake the donuts at 425 degrees for four to six minutes. They’re done when they spring back lightly to the touch.

Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for two minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.

While the donuts cool, whisk up a simple glaze consisting of confectioners’ sugar, milk (or soy milk), and vanilla. Just mix all of the ingredients together until smooth and set aside until ready to use.

Dip the bottom of each donut into the glaze.

Allow the excess glaze to drip off, then place the dipped donuts onto a wire cooling rack set over Silpat mats or parchment paper. Allow the donuts to rest until the glaze has set. Once the glaze has set, you can dip the tops into the glaze too, or, if you are going to use the marshmallow frosting, you can just move onto the frosting (these are excellent with just the glaze).

To make the marshmallow frosting, just combine sugar, egg whites, and cream of tartar in a large bowl set over a pot filled with a couple of inches of barely simmering water. Whisk the mixture frequently to prevent the egg whites from cooking. Continue whisking until the mixture reaches 160 degrees. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk the mixture on high until it is shiny and stiff peaks form, then stir in vanilla extract.

Dip the tops of the donuts into the frosting, coating them thoroughly.

With clean, dry hands, use a finger to gently touch the donut where the hole should be and pull the excess frosting away. Trust me, this is very simple, and works every time. Or you can leave them completely covered! They’re great either way.

I decided to make my donuts spiky by pressing my finger into the frosting, then pulling away to create spikes, but they’re very pretty smooth too.

All of the little frosting spikes look particularly pretty once they’re toasted, which is what’s up next. However, if you like the soft, creamy frosting the way it is…

…you could just top them with some sweet sprinkles and enjoy!

Toasting the tops is very easy, too, though. Just place all of the donuts on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper and place them under the broiler to toast. Watch them closely to prevent burning. If you have a super crappy broiler, like me, then you may have to shift the pan around in the oven to get them evenly toasted (what kind of stupid oven on has a strip right down the center for broiling?!?!).

Just toast them until they have a nice golden color over the top, with spots of darker brown and black on the spikes. If you have a kitchen torch, you could certainly use that too (lucky ducky).

These turned out great! They’re soft, sweet, and have a surprising little punch of spice. Not to mention the toasted marshmallow flavor from the frosting!

Plus, they ended up being so much faster and easier than I expected that I can hardly wait to make more! If you don’t have a donut pan, I very highly recommend investing in one…soon! It’s very much worth it, and I’ll definitely be sharing more donut recipes. Enjoy!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts
with Marshmallow Frosting
Makes 4 dozen mini donuts

Ingredients

FOR THE DONUTS
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

FOR THE GLAZE
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk

FOR THE FROSTING
3 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the donuts: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, chipotle, and salt. Stir in the milk, butter, and vanilla, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, and mix until just combined. Scrape the bowl and give a final stir.

Fill a decorating bag with batter and use it to fill each donut ring half full. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the donuts spring back to the touch. Allow to cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.

To make the frosting: Combine sugar, egg whites, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl set over a pot filled with a couple of inches of barely simmering water. Whisk the mixture frequently to prevent the egg whites from cooking. Continue whisking until the mixture reaches 160 degrees. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk the mixture on high until it is shiny and stiff peaks form, then stir in vanilla extract.

Assemble donuts as directed above.

Recipe by Darla

 

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cookies and cups November 29, 2010 at 9:10 am

What a great pan! Too bad about your turkey. I am not a huge turkey lover and could honestly just make my thanksgiving dinner all side dishes! Glad to hear your opinion about the brine too because I was THIS close to trying it.

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2 Brandy November 29, 2010 at 9:26 am

These look super yummy & O so tasty!!! Sorry about your turkey, I know you were hoping it would be the best turkey ever, but I know you have super high expectations as well :) Have you ever tried injecting your turkey with the butter herb rub you use? I love to inject my turkey!

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3 Pink Little Cake November 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

Great recipe and photos. Thank you for sharing, my husband is mexican and I am sure he would love this treat.

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4 becky November 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm

just the title alone got me hooked :) these look great!!

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5 Bonnie November 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I just got some pastry bags, AND I need to make a treat for breakfast this week, AND I have this pan but totally screwed up the first batch I tried. I can't wait to try this recipe out! Great pics too! :)

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6 katie November 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm

oh! my daughter's favorite thing in the world is a donut. i am so buying a donut maker! i love your blog and have made several things, including your pumpkin cheesecakes–delish! since you are so great i will let you in on my secret turkey recipe. everyone who tries to make it makes it year after year. it is so good. the night before is when you have to get it ready. stuff the skin with a mixture of parkay ( i know–but it doesn't melt and mashes between the skin and meat easily) garlic ( a whole head), parsley, and onion (about a half of one)–all chopped in a food processor. then put turkey in pan upside down and pour a whole bottle of white wine over it. let it sit upside down in the wine over night. the next am flip it, lay strips of bacon over the top and put it in the oven according to weight. keep basting every half hour and you will have one delish turkey. promise.

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7 Carolyn November 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Wow, you are my new doughnut idol!

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8 Karyl November 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Beautiful doughnuts!

And if you're looking for a no-fail turkey recipe, try Emeril's cranberry roasted turkey breast. I converted an entire family of ham-eaters with that turkey; so much so that I've found them picking the carcass after the meal! The spicy-orange-cranberry flavors might help bring that something extra you were looking for.

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9 lisaiscooking November 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I so love doughnuts, and these look fantastic! Wish I could grab one right now.

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10 Kathy - Panini Happy November 30, 2010 at 12:49 am

How fabulous are these! I've been going back and forth on getting a doughnut pan. I really want one, but I'm afraid I won't be able to hold myself back from making too many doughnuts! We'll have to start inviting more folks over for breakfast. :-)

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11 Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes November 30, 2010 at 11:52 am

I never thought it was possible to have pan envy, but…

I MUST find that adorable donut pan!!

Thanks for the gorgeous tutorial – these donuts look spectacularly delicious.

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12 French Bean & Coffee Bean November 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Wow. For a moment, the donuts looked like chocolate macaroons to me. o_O"

Yummy!
-Barb the French Bean

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13 Joanne December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Your thanksgiving sounds fun! I'm not a big turkey eater anyway, so brined/not brined/whatever doesn't seem to do anything for me. But I know many others are passionate about it. So, who knows.

These are so adorable! Kind of like smore donut but infused with some serious mexican spice!

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14 Karen December 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Seriously? I could eat about 6 of those right now. Maybe it's a good thing (for my waistline) that you're not living so close anymore ;) hehe. They look awesome D!!

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15 Mine December 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm

"…totally fried my blender making creamy mashed potatoes"

For next time? An electric hand mixer or stand mixer will create the same effect. However, the biggest drawback with using electric mixers is that they can overwork the potatoes to the point where the starch molecules break, giving the potatoes a "gluey" taste.

Personally for the creamiest mashed potatoes, I boil them in a mixture of half milk and half water with NO SALT until they're falling apart, then mash them by hand using cream or sour cream and butter, seasoned to taste.

Try it – you'll be converted!

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16 Gali December 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

These are so adorable! Almost wouldn't want to eat them because they're so pretty.

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17 Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] December 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

I love that pan! Wish I had one too :) You just combined doughnuts and marshmallows, I mean seriously, what could be better?

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18 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Just found your blog via Pinterest.

And pinned this recipe to my Donut Board. I JUST got a donut pan last week. Need to try these.

Your whole blog and all your recipes look GREAT!!

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19 Aley December 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

I loved your recipe, but I also linked your post on my blog. I thought it was so clever on how to fill a piping bag.

xoxo aley

http://a-hearts.blogspot.com/

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20 mohammed amer, saudi arabia January 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

hi darla, can i omit the chipotle, if i did, what will happen to the taste? any big difference?? thanks.

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21 Darla January 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

You can definitely omit the chipotle. It will just eliminate the spiciness of the donuts. They will still be chocolaty and delicious. :)

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22 Neex May 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Any idea how long the marshmallow frosting will keep?

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23 Darla May 23, 2012 at 8:40 am

It keeps for a few days, but I recommend using it and serving it the day you make it, as the texture begins to change and become less appealing after a day.

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24 CrystalKay November 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Hello!

I was thinking about making some of these as Christmas presents. What would be the best way to package these so they stay as fresh tasting as possible? I’m afraid putting them in ziplocks or cellophane bags will make them soggy. I won’t be able to give these the same day I make them, will that be a problem?

Thanks!
~Crystal

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25 Darla March 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Personally, I’d use a box. Unfortunately, they’ll get stale anyway you package them after about 4 days. The frosting isn’t wet enough to make them soggy.

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26 Kalyani November 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

I just got my donut pan n so want to make ur recipe. What’s a good substitute for eggs as i don’t eat them along with tofu n a million other things… Do let me know…Tia

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