Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chocolate Donuts with Coconut Glaze

I have to share something amazing with you....chocolate donuts with coconut glaze. AMAZING. I'm all about donuts lately (the baked kind, not fried) but these are definitely my favorite so far. The recipe I adapted from Heather Christo Cooks which has awesome photos and step-by-step instructions with photos, if you're into that, definitely check her out, she's got amazing recipes. Hers was with a Blood Orange Glaze (and I was fresh out of oranges, so that recipe will have to wait for another time).

Chocolate Donuts with Coconut Glaze

Donut Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk (if you don't have milk add lemon juice to a little less than a cup of milk (enough to make a cup) and let set for 5 minutes)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbs butter melted

Coconut Glaze:
2 Tbs butter, melted
2 Tbs corn syrup
3 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup milk (more or less depending on how thick you like your glaze
 2 Tbs heavy cream
2 tsp coconut extract
Shredded coconut to sprinkle on donuts

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan with cooking spray. In a medium sized bowl combine all of the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt). Set aside.

In a separate bowl, add the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Beat together and add to dry ingredients, mix until a batter has formed. Spoon or pipe (I put in a gallon size ziplock bag and snip off the corner) the batter into the donut pan and bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes (or until inserted toothpick comes out clean).

Let donuts cool for a few minutes and then remove from pan onto a cooling rack.

For Glaze:
While the donuts are baking, make the glaze by whisking everything together except the shredded coconut (melted butter, corn syrup, powdered sugar, milk, heavy cream and coconut extract).

When the donuts have cooled, dip them into the glaze. You may want to dip a few times, depending on how thick you made your glaze. Right after you dip the donut sprinkle with coconut.

All done :) Enjoy!

Friday, January 4, 2013

7 Quick Takes (vol. 13)

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Happy Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton! Do you know her? She's pretty amazing. She is the first United States born saint, was a wife, mother, convert, teacher, Foundress. Yeah, she's awesome. She's also my Confirmation Saint, so I may be a little bias...
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So I got a donut pan from my wonderful boyfriend for Christmas and of course had to try it out.  So, I made these wonderful things.

Feast your eyes on Maple Bacon Donuts! I got this awesome recipe from and the only thing I changed was I substituted sour cream for the Greek yogurt. You should make them, but make sure to make extra bacon, I of course ran out, there never seems to be enough bacon.

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I finally finished the Hunger Games series. They were very well written, I was frustrated with the ending (as were many people I talked with) but over all I thought they were good, disturbing, but good. I haven't watched the movie yet, but probably will, we'll see.
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Have you read "One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are" by Ann Voskamp? It's good, it makes me want to live a more thankful life, to dig deeper into my faith and who I want to be. It starts out very sad, so warning, it's not a warm and fuzzy book.
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My holidays were really great overall. Christmas was spent at my parents house with my 2 brothers. There was lots of food, even more sugar, games and movies, sparkling nonalcoholic drinks, and lots of good old fashioned family time.
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On December 29th I road tripped out to Lincoln, Nebraska for my sister sister's family visit. It was wonderful to see all the sisters (she's with the School Sisters of Christ the King) and the event was held at the church/school that she teaches at (St. Peter's) so it was nice to get the tour of the school and see her class room.

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  My New Year's Eve was very low key. I drove back from Nebraska all day and ended up staying with my boyfriend's sister instead of driving all the way home. We had Chinese and some great sparkling wine I fell asleep early but woke up for both ball drops (east coast and midwest).

   this is not the best way to take out a cork, but it did work and no one was injured :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's! 
For more Quick Takes, head on over to who's hosting for Jen this week.