I have an extra special treat to share today—my Chocolate Doughnuts recipe. I can hardly contain my excitement! Who doesn’t love doughnuts, right? But these aren’t just any doughnuts, they are melt-in-your-mouth chocolate doughnuts!
And guess what? You can make them right in the comfort of your own kitchen.
You’re probably wondering about the origins of these delightful treats. Doughnuts, as we know them, have a rich history rooted in American culinary tradition.
The modern doughnut traces its roots back to Dutch immigrants in New York who introduced the “olykoek” or oily cake. However, my delectable chocolate variation has evolved over time to become the mouth-watering treat we adore today.
Although many variations of doughnuts exist worldwide, there’s a particular charm about these chocolate doughnuts. The luscious cocoa adds an extra layer of complexity and depth to the classic doughnut making it simply irresistible.
It’s a testament to the beauty of food and how recipes change and adapt over time, borrowing from different cultures and culinary traditions to create something new and exciting.
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room—how difficult is it to make these chocolate doughnuts? You might assume that they’re complicated and require professional pastry chef skills. Well, good news, they’re actually quite straightforward!
With a bit of patience and some love for baking, anyone can make them at home. The process is relatively easy, and the result? Oh, just wait until you take that first bite.
The ingredients list might seem long at first glance, but don’t be put off. It’s a list of common items that you probably already have in your pantry—flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
The addition of eggs, milk, vanilla extract, butter, and oil will bring the dough together, and voila! Your doughnut dough is ready.
Once the doughnuts are fried to a perfect golden brown, they’re dipped in a luscious glaze made from rich dark chocolate and double cream. To finish, the doughnuts are adorned with colourful sprinkles, adding a dash of fun and a crunch to each bite.
Yes, my friends, we’re talking about homemade, fluffy, chocolatey goodness, fried to perfection and glazed with the silkiest, smoothest chocolate.
Just imagine, warm doughnuts fresh from the kitchen, the scent of chocolate filling your home. As you take your first bite, the soft interior, contrasted by the rich chocolate glaze and fun sprinkles, creates a symphony of textures and flavours. All your senses are engaged, and for a moment, all is right with the world.
So, let’s get our aprons on, and our ingredients out, and let’s embark on a delightful culinary journey. By the end of it, you’ll have a batch of freshly made Chocolate Doughnuts that promise to bring a dash of joy and a whole lot of deliciousness into your day.
Baking is an incredible journey, where each ingredient plays a key role. The harmonious combination of ingredients results in an appealing final product that not only tastes good but also looks good and smells good.
Let’s embark on a journey to explore the ingredients used in the chocolate doughnut recipe and understand why they’re so important.
Plain Flour: The base of any doughnut is the flour. It provides structure to the doughnuts. When combined with wet ingredients, the proteins in flour form gluten, giving the doughnuts their shape and texture.
If plain flour is unavailable, bread flour could be a suitable alternative, but it may yield a denser doughnut due to its higher protein content.
Cocoa Powder: It gives the doughnuts their distinct chocolate flavour. Using unsweetened cocoa powder is essential to balance the sweetness of the doughnut. An alternative to cocoa powder could be melted dark chocolate. It will still give the doughnuts a chocolatey flavour but with a different texture.
Baking Powder & Baking Soda: These two leavening agents are what make the doughnuts rise and become fluffy. The baking powder and baking soda react with other ingredients to produce carbon dioxide gas, causing the doughnuts to puff up.
You could use self-raising flour as an alternative, but it might affect the texture of the doughnuts.
Salt & Caster Sugar: While salt enhances the flavours of other ingredients, caster sugar adds sweetness to the doughnuts. If caster sugar is not available, granulated sugar can be used, but the texture might slightly differ.
Eggs: Eggs are the binding agents that hold all the ingredients together. They also provide moisture, helping to create a tender doughnut. For those allergic to eggs, unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas can be used as alternatives.
Milk: It adds moisture and helps to create a soft and tender crumb in the doughnuts. If you’re lactose intolerant, almond or soy milk can serve as good alternatives.
Vanilla Extract: It enhances the overall flavour profile of the doughnuts, giving them a warm and sweet aroma. If unavailable, you could use almond extract, though it will slightly alter the flavour.
Unsalted Butter & Vegetable Oil: Butter adds richness and flavour to the doughnuts, while the oil is used for frying, giving the doughnuts their characteristic crispy exterior. If unsalted butter is not available, salted butter can be used, just omit the added salt in the recipe.
Dark Chocolate & Double Cream: These ingredients form the glaze that coats the doughnuts, providing a contrasting texture and an extra punch of chocolatey flavour. Semisweet chocolate could replace dark chocolate for a sweeter glaze, and heavy cream could stand in for double cream if needed.
Sprinkles: They add a fun, colourful touch to the doughnuts and make them more appealing, especially to children. If you don’t have sprinkles, you can use chopped nuts or coconut flakes for a different twist.
Each ingredient here has a role to play. They come together beautifully to create these delicious, chocolatey doughnuts that are just perfect for any occasion.
When it comes to making Chocolate Doughnuts, one of the first things that might cross your mind is the kind of flour you should use. The recipe calls for plain flour, also known as all-purpose flour, and for good reason.
Plain flour contains the perfect balance of proteins needed for the doughnuts to have the right texture and structure.
When mixed with other ingredients, the proteins in the flour form gluten, providing elasticity and strength to the dough.
This is particularly important for fried doughnuts because the gluten network traps the gases released by the baking powder and baking soda, helping the doughnuts puff up beautifully in the hot oil.
The relatively moderate protein content in all-purpose flour, ranging from 10 to 12 percent, makes it a fantastic choice for my chocolate doughnuts.
Now, could you use bread flour or cake flour instead? Bread flour has a higher protein content, which could make your doughnuts chewier – not necessarily what we’re after.
On the other hand, cake flour, with its lower protein content, might not provide enough structure, making your doughnuts a bit too tender and crumbly.
Of course, if you’re experimenting or have dietary restrictions, there are alternative flours you can use. Gluten-free all-purpose flour can work if you’re catering to those with gluten sensitivities. Just keep in mind that the texture may vary slightly from doughnuts made with regular plain flour.
For the perfect balance of structure and tenderness, I’d recommend sticking with plain or all-purpose flour for these delicious chocolate doughnuts.
When it comes to making the perfect chocolate doughnut, the type of sugar used can play a crucial role in the final product. The recipe I use recommends caster sugar, but you might wonder if regular sugar or brown sugar can be used as an alternative.
Caster sugar is a type of granulated sugar that has a finer texture than regular granulated sugar, but it isn’t powdered like a confectioner’s sugar. The finer granules of caster sugar dissolve more quickly and evenly than regular sugar.
This ensures a smoother, more consistent dough and, subsequently, a more uniform texture in the final doughnut.
However, regular sugar can be used if caster sugar isn’t available. While the granules are larger, they should still dissolve sufficiently in your wet ingredients, although you may notice a slight difference in texture.
On the other hand, brown sugar can bring a different taste profile to your doughnuts. Made from sugar crystals coated in molasses syrup, brown sugar imparts a deep, caramel-like flavour to baked goods.
Using it in your doughnuts might not give you a classic chocolate doughnut taste, but it would certainly add an interesting twist to the flavour. The molasses in brown sugar also adds moisture, so your doughnuts might end up slightly softer.
The type of sugar you use in your chocolate doughnuts can affect both the texture and flavour. While caster sugar would be my first choice for this recipe, regular sugar can work in a pinch, and brown sugar can be an exciting alternative if you’re up for a flavour adventure.
In the world of baking, double cream holds a special place. Its rich and velvety texture makes it an ideal choice for recipes like my chocolate doughnut glaze. But what if you don’t have double cream on hand, or what if you’re looking for a lighter or dairy-free alternative?
First, let’s understand what double cream is. With a fat content of around 48%, double cream is the richest of all the creams. When combined with chocolate, it creates a glossy, luxurious glaze that complements my doughnuts beautifully.
If you’re looking for a lighter alternative, single cream, also known as half-and-half in some regions, can be used. While the glaze might be slightly less rich, it will still have a pleasant, creamy consistency.
For a non-dairy substitute, you could use full-fat coconut milk. It has a high fat content similar to that of double cream, and while it might impart a subtle coconut flavour to your glaze, it will still create a creamy, glossy finish.
Another option would be to use a non-dairy creamer or almond milk, but these might not provide the same richness as double cream or coconut milk.
While double cream is my go-to choice for a chocolate glaze, there are alternatives available for different dietary needs and preferences.
Whether you opt for a lighter cream, a non-dairy alternative, or stick with the decadent double cream, you’ll end up with a delicious glaze that pairs perfectly with your chocolate doughnuts.
In the world of doughnuts, frying is the traditional method used to achieve that signature crispy exterior and soft interior. However, the health-conscious among us or those without a deep fryer might wonder if they can bake their chocolate doughnuts instead.
Yes, it’s possible to bake these chocolate doughnuts, and the result can be a treat that’s just as tasty but less oily. Baking doughnuts require a doughnut pan, which has cavities to shape your doughnuts. The batter for baked doughnuts is often slightly thicker to hold the doughnut shape when baking.
To bake these chocolate doughnuts, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray your doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pipe or spoon the batter into the doughnut pan, filling each cavity about 2/3 full. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a doughnut comes out clean.
While the texture will be more akin to a cake doughnut rather than a fried one, they will still be delicious, especially with the rich chocolate glaze.
Remember that baked doughnuts will have a different mouthfeel than fried ones. They won’t have that crispy outer layer, but they will be slightly lighter and fluffier. For those watching their calorie intake, baked doughnuts are a fantastic alternative that allows you to enjoy this sweet treat with less guilt.
While frying is the traditional method, baking is a viable and healthier alternative when making these chocolate doughnuts.
One of the most important aspects of baking, especially when you’re not planning to eat everything at once, is knowing how to properly store your treats. So, let’s talk about how to store these chocolate doughnuts and how long they will last.
Freshly made doughnuts are best eaten the day they are made. They have the perfect texture and the chocolate glaze is still shiny and fresh. But sometimes, we can’t (or shouldn’t) eat all our doughnuts in one day.
To store leftover doughnuts, first, let them cool completely. This is crucial because any residual heat can cause condensation, which will make your doughnuts soggy. Once cooled, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They should retain their freshness for 1-2 days.
If you want to keep them longer, you can also freeze them. Before freezing, I would recommend not glazing them as the glaze can become sticky or runny when defrosted.
To freeze, place the cooled doughnuts on a baking sheet in the freezer until solid, then transfer them to a zip-top bag or airtight container. They can last for up to 2 months in the freezer.
When you’re ready to enjoy a frozen doughnut, let it defrost at room temperature, then add the chocolate glaze and sprinkles.
Proper storage of your chocolate doughnuts can ensure that they stay as delicious as the day they were made, whether you choose to eat them immediately or save some for later.
Being on a vegan or dairy-free diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious treats like chocolate doughnuts. With some clever substitutions, you can still enjoy these sweet indulgences.
The first thing you need to replace in the recipe is eggs. A popular egg substitute in vegan baking is a flaxseed meal or chia seeds mixed with water, also known as a flax or chia “egg”.
To replace one egg, mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal or chia seeds with 2.5 tablespoons of water, and let it sit for about 5 minutes to thicken. This mixture helps bind the ingredients together, similar to what an egg would do.
Next, the milk can be replaced with any non-dairy milk like almond, soy, or oat milk. Each one might bring a slightly different flavour to your doughnuts, but they should all work well in this recipe.
The butter can be replaced with a vegan butter substitute or coconut oil. Both will add the needed fat content to the recipe, but remember that coconut oil may add a hint of coconut flavour to your doughnuts.
Finally, for the glaze, use dark chocolate that is dairy-free and replace the double cream with full-fat canned coconut milk. It’s thick and creamy, making it an excellent stand-in for double cream.
With a few smart swaps, you can make these chocolate doughnuts vegan or dairy-free while still maintaining their delicious taste and texture.
For those who prefer a hands-off approach to shaping their doughnuts or those who wish to bake instead of fry, a doughnut pan can be an excellent tool for making these chocolate doughnuts.
A doughnut pan is a baking tray with individual, round moulds that create the iconic doughnut shape. They come in various sizes for regular or mini doughnuts. Using a doughnut pan can eliminate the messiness of hand-shaping or using a cutter to create your doughnuts.
The key to using a doughnut pan successfully lies in properly preparing the pan and the batter. First, you should thoroughly grease the pan to ensure easy removal of the doughnuts after baking. Using a baking spray with flour can make this step even easier.
Next, you’ll want to fill each doughnut mould about 2/3 full with the doughnut batter. An easy way to do this cleanly is by piping the batter into the moulds using a piping bag or a zip-top bag with a corner cut off.
The doughnut batter used in my recipe is perfect for a doughnut pan. The batter is thick enough to hold its shape during baking and yields a delicious, cake-like doughnut.
Remember, using a doughnut pan means you’ll be baking the doughnuts instead of frying them. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
A doughnut pan can make the process of creating chocolate doughnuts easier, cleaner, and healthier by opting to bake instead of fry.
Frying chocolate doughnuts can be a little daunting if you’ve never done it before, especially when it comes to knowing what temperature to heat your oil. Getting the right oil temperature is crucial to achieving perfectly fried doughnuts.
My recipe calls for heating the oil to 170°C (about 340°F). This temperature is ideal because it’s hot enough to cook the doughnuts thoroughly without burning them.
If the oil is too hot, the outside of the doughnuts will burn before the inside is fully cooked. Conversely, if the oil isn’t hot enough, the doughnuts can end up oily and undercooked.
To ensure your oil is at the right temperature, use a deep-frying thermometer. This tool is invaluable when frying as it takes the guesswork out of the equation. Simply clip it to the side of your pot and keep an eye on the temperature.
If you don’t have a thermometer, there’s a simple trick you can use. Drop a small piece of bread into the oil. If it takes about 60 seconds to brown, then the oil is at approximately the right temperature.
Remember, it’s important to maintain the right temperature throughout frying, so adjust your heat as needed, especially after adding the doughnuts, as they can lower the oil’s temperature.
Mastering the right oil temperature can help you achieve chocolate doughnuts that are golden brown on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside.
Whether you’re baking for someone with an egg allergy or you’ve just realized you’re out of eggs, there are various substitutes you can use in your chocolate doughnuts recipe.
One of my favourite egg substitutes is applesauce. For each egg, use a quarter cup of unsweetened applesauce. Applesauce adds moisture to your doughnuts and helps bind the ingredients together, much like an egg would.
However, be aware that it may add a slight fruity flavour to your doughnuts.
Yoghurt or buttermilk can also be used as egg substitutes. They both add moisture and help with leavening. Use a quarter cup of either to replace one egg. Keep in mind that using these can make your doughnuts denser.
Another popular egg substitute is a mixture of vinegar and baking powder. Mix one tablespoon of vinegar with one teaspoon of baking powder to replace one egg. This mixture helps with leavening, making your doughnuts light and fluffy.
Finally, mashed bananas can also work as an egg substitute. Use a quarter cup of mashed banana for each egg. While this option will add a banana flavour to your doughnuts, it pairs well with chocolate.
Remember, egg substitutes can affect the flavour and texture of your doughnuts, so choose the one that best fits your preference and dietary needs.
If there’s one thing that stands out in a well-made doughnut, it’s the texture. The contrast between the crispy exterior and the soft, cakey interior is what makes doughnuts so delightful. So, how can you ensure the perfect texture when making these chocolate doughnuts?
Firstly, it’s crucial to properly mix your ingredients. Overmixing the batter can lead to tough, dense doughnuts. To avoid this, mix just until your wet and dry ingredients are combined. It’s okay if there are a few small lumps remaining.
Next, the resting period is an important part of this recipe. Allowing the batter to rest for 10 minutes helps the gluten relax and the ingredients meld together, resulting in a better texture in the final product.
The frying process also plays a vital role in achieving the perfect texture. The oil temperature needs to be at around 170°C (340°F).
If it’s too hot, the doughnuts will cook too quickly on the outside and not thoroughly on the inside. If the oil is too cool, the doughnuts can absorb too much oil, becoming greasy and heavy.
Finally, once the doughnuts are cooked, draining them properly is essential. Place them on a wire rack lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. This helps ensure your doughnuts will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Achieving the perfect texture in your chocolate doughnuts is a delicate balance of proper mixing, resting, frying, and draining. Once you master these steps, you’ll be rewarded with the perfect doughnut every time.
While the classic chocolate doughnut is undeniably delicious, it’s also fun to experiment with different flavours and ingredients. Here are a few variations of the chocolate doughnut recipe that you can try.
Nutty Chocolate Doughnuts: Add a handful of finely chopped nuts into the doughnut batter for a bit of crunch. Hazelnuts or almonds would work well with the chocolate flavour. You could also sprinkle some on top of the glaze for extra texture and flavour.
Chocolate Orange Doughnuts: For a fruity twist, add the zest of an orange to the doughnut batter and the glaze. Chocolate and orange are a classic flavour combination that works incredibly well.
Mocha Doughnuts: Add a tablespoon of instant coffee or espresso powder into your batter for a caffeine kick. You could also dissolve the coffee in the milk before adding it to the other ingredients.
Double Chocolate Doughnuts: For chocolate lovers, add a handful of chocolate chips to your doughnut batter. This will give you bits of melted chocolate throughout your doughnut.
Remember, when making variations, it’s important to keep the basic ratios of the recipe the same to ensure your doughnuts turn out correctly. But don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different flavours – that’s the fun of baking!
One of the defining features of my chocolate doughnuts is the glossy, rich chocolate glaze. The combination of dark chocolate and double cream creates a smooth and decadent topping that takes these doughnuts to the next level.
The secret to a perfect chocolate glaze lies in using high-quality dark chocolate and heating it gently with the cream. Using a bain-marie or a microwave on a low setting allows the chocolate to melt slowly, preventing it from burning or becoming grainy.
If you’re melting the chocolate in a microwave, be sure to do it in short bursts, stirring in between each one, to ensure the chocolate doesn’t overheat. For the bain-marie method, make sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the simmering water, as this can also cause the chocolate to overheat.
Once the chocolate is completely melted, slowly add the warm cream, stirring continuously. The cream should be heated separately and not be boiling; otherwise, it could cause the chocolate to seize and become lumpy.
After the doughnuts are fried and drained, they are dipped in the warm chocolate glaze. This is best done while the glaze is still warm and fluid for an even, glossy finish.
The perfect chocolate glaze requires patience, careful heating, and good-quality ingredients. But the effort is worth it when you bite into that glossy, chocolate-coated doughnut.
Ah, you’re still here with me, I see! You must have truly enjoyed the Chocolate Doughnuts. Well, we’re just getting started, my friend. I have a smorgasbord of decadent delights that will tantalize your taste buds and bring you back for seconds.
Speaking of chocolate, did you try my Chocolate Doughnuts with Sprinkles yet? A little sprinkle of colour is all it takes to bring childlike joy to your snack time. Biting into these doughnuts, you’re met with a rich and delectable treat that melts in your mouth. It’s a ‘rainbow meets chocolate’ kind of pleasure.
Now, I’ve been told my Chocolate Brownies can make a gloomy day brighter. Imagine a moist, fudgy, deep dark chocolatey goodness, and each bite takes you closer to dessert heaven. Bake them once, and they’ll become your go-to comfort food. I guarantee it.
While we’re on the topic of baking, have you checked out the Oreo Cheesecake recipe? It’s a fusion of creamy cheesecake and everyone’s favourite cookie. Oreo crust, luscious cream cheese filling, and an ample sprinkle of crushed Oreos. This one’s a crowd-pleaser!
Next in line is the Banana Chocolate Chip Cake, a moist banana cake chock-full of chocolate chips. It’s the perfect marriage of fruit and chocolate. This cake is so flavourful that you’ll forget about your banana bread recipe.
Oh, did I mention the Mint Chocolate Milkshake? It’s a refreshing blend of mint and chocolate, with a rich creamy texture. It’s like a cool breeze on a hot day but with the undeniable charm of chocolate.
Last but not least, Chocolate Chip Muffins. They are not just muffins, but a wonderful blend of soft, fluffy cake loaded with melty chocolate chips. It’s your cup of coffee’s best friend.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your baking gloves on and try these out. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to leave a comment and share your experiences. Trust me; your kitchen is about to smell heavenly.
Hi, I’m Nabeela and I love to cook! I want to share with you my favourite, delicious family-friendly recipes. I want to inspire you to create fantastic food for your family every day.