It’s the first day of December and what does that mean? The countdown to Christmas starts! To celebrate I am sharing with you a different festive Christmas donut recipe each week.
As much as I love making (and especially eating) donuts, the thought of hovering over a hot pot of boiling oil to deep fry them is not desirable in the Australian summer heat. These mini baked donuts are super easy to make in either a donut pan:
or a donut maker:
And the first Christmas donut to get you salivating is my Candy Cane Donuts with White Chocolate. It’s a classic Christmas flavour combination that looks and tastes great!
This was my first time using a donut machine and I was impressed by how quick and easy it was. No greasing was required and the donuts cooked in 2-3 minutes flat! It sure beats deep frying (plus it makes them healthier… err apart from the ganache and candy that covers them..)
Candy Cane Donuts with White Chocolate
- 70 g butter softened
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1½ cups plain flour
White Chocolate Icing
- 100 g White Chocolate finely chopped
- 3 tbsp thickened cream
- Candy Canes to decorate
- Preheat oven to 160°C and grease your donut pan with flavourless oil OR turn on your donut maker (you won't need any oil if you use the latter).
- Cream together the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until fluffy. Add in the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until just combined. The mixture may look curdled but the dry ingredients will pull it together.
- Add in the baking powder and flour and stir until just combined.
- Transfer mixture to a medium zip lock bag and cut the corner tip cut off. Pipe the mixture into the donut pans until each is approximately 2/3 full.
- If using a donut pan, bake in the oven for around 10 minutes until lightly golden brown. If using a mini donut maker, bake for 2-3 minutes.
- Allow donuts to cool completely before decorating.
White Chocolate Icing
- Put candy canes into zip lock plastic bag and pummel with a rolling pin until crushed.
- Heat cream up into the microwave until warm (not boiling) and then add finely chopped chocolate, stirring until melted and combined.
- Dip the top of the donuts into the chocolate mixture, sprinkle over crushed candy canes and place on a cooling tray to set.
The white chocolate ganache is incredibly easy to make, it just involves melting and stirring 2 ingredients together. And kids would love getting involved with the decorating – smashing candy canes is strangely satisfying!
And if you have leftover mini candy canes, they make the perfect donut topper decoration.
Have you ever used a donut maker before? Do you want to give it a go?