Baked Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts
Not all of your doughnuts need to be deep fried, instead try this recipe for baked doughnuts! Super simple, and easy to make, these doughnuts can be customized with different toppings, glazes, and fillings.
- 4 cups unbleached, or whole wheat flour
- 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast
- 1 cup lukewarm 2% milk, or your favourite milk alternative
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or butter alternative (try Coconut Oil for an extra healthy twist)
- 1/3 cup natural brown sugar
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
Ingredients (for the glaze):
- 1 cup finely chopped dark, organic chocolate
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Celsius and grease and line 2 large baking trays. Meanwhile, outfit your stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.
- NOTE: If you don't have a stand mixer, you can perform the following steps by hand with a wooden spoon.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, blend together the brown sugar, milk, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until frothy and the yeast activates.
- Mix in the eggs, butter, and maple syrup. In a separate bowl combine the flour and salt.
- On a low speed begin adding the flour, one half cup at a time. Continue mixing until all of the flour has been incorporated and allow to blend on the same low speed until the dough is glossy, smooth, and elastic.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and move to a lightly greased glass or metal bowl. Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm place in the house for 45-60 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. A great place for this is about 6 inches away from your oven while it preheats.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and press out into a rough rectangle. Dust the top with flour, and roll the dough out until it is roughly 1/2 inch in thickness.
- Using 2 circle cutters (or a sharp knife and an expert hand) cut out large circles, and then small circles from the centers.
- NOTE: You can bake the small center cut outs and toss in the leftover chocolate glaze for a delicious, bite sized treats!
- Place the cut out doughnuts onto the greased tray and let rise for another 15-20 minutes before placing in the oven and baking for 5 minutes, or until the bottoms are just beginning to brown. Flip each doughnut over and return to the oven for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the reverse side is also starting to colour.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before glazing.
- To make the glaze, heat the chocolate and maple syrup over a double boiler (a glass bowl placed over a small pot of simmering water) until just barely melted. Stir in the coconut oil, and set aside to let cool for a moment.
- To glaze each doughnut, hold it in your fingertips and dip the top into the warm glaze. As you turn the doughnut over to place back on the rack, give your wrist a twist to help keep all of the glaze on your newly topped doughnuts
Extras: While the glaze is still warm, you can top each doughnut with the toppings of your choice. Chopped nuts, or dried/candied fruits are particularly delicious additions.