Monday, 19 October 2015

Chocolate and Marmalade Baked Doughnuts

chocolate and marmalade baked doughnuts

I hadn’t made cake doughnuts for a while and thought I should dust off my doughnut pan which was languishing in the oven.

What flavour would I make though?
It’s coming up for Halloween, and I have a Halloweeny themed Treat Petite this month – Orange and Black – so I used this for my inspiration.

chocolate and marmalade baked doughnuts

I decided to make chocolate flavoured doughnuts and add in some marmalade into the mix. This way you get the chocolate flavour broken up with the subtle taste of orange, and as I used a rough shred marmalade, you get the odd bit of bitter rind as well, which tastes great against the sweetness. And for a bit of creaminess I added a little bit of mayonnaise!

I much prefer cake doughnuts over fried ones. These are not greasy and are really more like a ring shaped cupcake. In fact, you could just pop the batter into cupcake cases and bake them like that if you don’t have a doughnut pan.

chocolate and marmalade baked doughnuts

To ‘frost’ the doughnuts, I was a bit lazy and just bought myself a jar of marshmallow fluffy stuff. You could make your own of course, but if you are in a rush, the jars are just as good. All I did was melt it a little bit in the microwave, stirred through some orange food colouring – totally optional of course – and then dunked the doughnuts headlong into the mallow. You could pipe the mallow on, or spread with a spatula if you are a total neat freak, but I liked the drippy effect. Very Halloween. To finish with I sprinkled on some black sanding sugar I had in the cupboard.

The doughnuts were crisp on the outside, a bit of a crust forms when baking, and they were very tender when I bit in. The flavour of chocolate is balanced perfectly with the bitter marmalade. It’s then complemented by the sweet mallow stuff.

These are tasty and messy in equal measure. Can you imagine tying these up at a Halloween party and the state children would get in, trying to eat them without their hands (or is that just a Scottish thing?).

chocolate and marmalade baked doughnuts

Here’s how they are made….



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Chocolate & Marmalade Baked Doughnuts
Cake doughnuts baked with cocoa and marmalade
Ingredients
  • 150 grams plain flour
  • 50 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 170 grams granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 60 grams light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 125 ml milk (i used semi-skimmed)
  • 100 grams golden shred marmalade
  • half jar marshmallow 'fluff'
  • Amount varies orange food colouring
Instructions
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C and grease a doughnut baking pan.2. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl.3. In a jug, beat together the egg, sugar, vegetable oil, mayonnaise, vanilla and milk until smooth.4. Microwave the marmalade for about 30 seconds until it is thinned and looser in texture.5. Stir the contents of the jug into the dry mix and stir until everything is combined. Add the marmalade and stir through completely.6. Transfer the batter to a piping bag or food bag with the corner snipped off and pipe the doughnut cavities about three-quarters full.7. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before easing carefully from the pan.8. Repeat the process if baking more than one batch. Allow to cool completely.9. Melt the marshmallow stuff in a bowl by placing it in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds, until it is much looser in texture. Add orange food colouring, enough to get a shade you like.10. Dip the doughnuts lightly in the marshmallow and place on a wire rack, to allow the mallow to drip down. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, if you wish to do so.11. Alternately pipe or spread the mallow on the doughnuts.12. Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 18 doughnuts



These doughnuts are my entry to this month's Treat Petite - the theme is Black and Orange (AKA Halloween) and everything inbetween. My co-host is Kat from The Baking Explorer.


21 comments:

  1. I like the sound of baked doughnuts I need to invest in a doughnut pan first,

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  2. What a talented man you are! The addition of marmalade with chocolate is inspired and as for the use of coloured marshmallow fluff........ That sounds like a kiddie mess in the making..... Cameras at the ready!!!

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    1. Definitely a Kodak moment in the making!

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  3. Always a fan of food colouring! Optional? Na... These look so great for halloween...

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    1. What's wrong with a bit of food colouring between friends ;)

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  4. Your chocolate and marmalade doughnuts look so yummy, love the idea of dipping in the fluffy mallow, perfect for Halloween.

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  5. Good grief, these look positively EVIL and I love them!

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  6. These look so much fun. I wish I was seeing my niece before Halloween, as I think she would love to make these.

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    1. Great for kids and big kids like myself to make Dannii!

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  7. Love the sound of these Sturart. Marmalade in chocolate cake is about my favourite way to have it. They look super cute too. Doughnut pans have gone onto my wish list. Completely stumped for Treat Petite this month. I've made some little orange cakes, but there is no black in site!

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    1. Don't worry about the black - it's really just another way of saying Halloween! If I get you in the secret Santa I'll get you a doughnut pan ;)

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  8. Oh, I love the addition of nippy marmalade. Kind of Terry's chocolate orange thing but nicer of course. I haven't made baked doughnuts since my last off-piste go at making vegan ones (not too successful). Pinning to try soon! The drippy icing is perfect as it is. :-)

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    1. Thanks Kellie, interested in your vegan ones, must check them out!

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  9. these are utterly brilliant! I love them and the combo of dark chocolate and marmalade is so wonderful. I would like these now please... x

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    1. Cheers Dom, I'll send some in the post ;)

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  10. ooey gooey doughnuts! You could hang them on a string like we did as kids with treacle scones and get covered in that orange frosting! Great idea, I've heard about using mayonnaise in cake but never actually done it myself.

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    1. The mayonnaise does make them tender! That's exactly what i was thinking about tying them on
      The string. Forgot about the treacle scones part!

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  11. I love how bright and fun these donuts look - such a fab Halloween baking idea!

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