I must admit when I first bought my donut maker, I thought I’d use it once and then stash it away in storage like the rest of my novelty food machines.
But I cannot. Stop. Making. Donuts. Some evidence of previously made donuts can be found here. Once you’re done drooling, let’s discuss these little beauties.
I had some vanilla beans I wanted to use up, so I whipped up a light and fluffy vanilla bean donut. The beauty of these baked donuts is not only do you not have to mess around with large vats of boiling oil, they only take around 3 minutes to cook in the machine!
I then made a rich, thick ganache to top the donuts with consisting of dark chocolate, butter and strong coffee. You can’t go wrong! The subtle flavour of the donut allowed the icing to take centre stage. And it’s worth it.
You can top these donuts with whatever decorations you have in your pantry, I used cocoa nibs, but chocolate sprinkles would work just as well. I loved the sight of the glossy ganache so much I actually left half of them bare.
Vanilla Bean and Mocha Mini Donuts
Vanilla bean donuts
- 70 g butter softened
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- 1 vanilla bean scraped
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1½ cups plain flour
- 90 g dark chocolate chips
- 30 g unsalted butter
- 1 tsp golden syrup
- 2 tsp brewed coffee
Vanilla bean donuts
- 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 ⅔ 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.
- Place chocolate, butter, golden syrup and coffee in a bowl.
- Melt in 20 second bursts in the microwave, stirring after each time until completely melted.
- Dip the tops of the donuts into the chocolate glaze and then place on a wire rack.
- Sprinkle the top of each donut with cocoa nibs or chocolate sprinkles.
And whilst you traditionally think of cookies and milk, these donuts paired perfectly with the humble drink. Afternoon tea is sorted!
Have you ever tried making donuts yourself?