Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Caramel-glazed Doughnuts filled with Chocolate Cream

It was another of those weeks where the weekday weather was sunny, warm and inviting, and then the clouds rolled in on Friday for a gloomy, chilly weekend.

The overcast day seemed to invite a few moody photos, like the one I took of this lonely sugar bowl.  It was the middle of the afternoon, but the cloud-covered sky offered little light through the window, creating deep, dramatic shadows.




I actually wore boots and a coat out to dinner on Saturday night (this was several weeks ago, since I've had this post in the queue, patiently waiting its turn) - Jamie was so sweet to take me out for sushi and a movie to celebrate my 1-year "blogiversary".  It rained throughout the evening, which made me happy, even though I'm excited for sunny summer days outside.  We desperately need the moisture.

On Sunday while Jamie worked on a project for his car, I started mixing up dough for doughnuts.  Doughnuts with a chocolate cream filling and caramel glaze.  I knew those would make him happy.

Doughnuts just might make him more happy than flowers make me!




The chocolate cream filling was fluffy and rich, more chocolatey than sweet, and would also be amazing piped on top of cupcakes.  The sweet caramel glaze was the color of warm cappuccino.  In hindsight, they would have looked pretty with a few sprinkles or a drizzle of chocolate.  But they were pretty anyway.

The pleasure for me is in the process of mixing and kneading the dough, watching it slowly rise, seeing the rounds of dough puff up and turn a deep golden brown in the hot oil, and then dipping them in sugary frosting.

It's a wonderful way to spend a day indoors when the sky is gray.  And when the scent of fresh doughnuts wafts from the kitchen, I think that everything is right with the world.

This afternoon the sky clouded over, and a cool wind started blowing in rain drops, which grew more and more steady as I drove home.  By the time I pulled onto our street, it was pouring rain, and I was so glad to be home.   It was Jamie's turn to plan the menu this week, and coincidentally, he planned lamb stew for dinner tonight.  How did he know it was going to rain and become so chilly when the forecast called for temps in the 90s today?  A drizzly evening, thunder and comforting lamb stew for dinner...  what a happy coincidence.







Basic Yeast Doughnut Recipe
Click here for recipe in previous post.


Chocolate Cream Filling
printable recipe
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk

With an electric mixer, combine all ingredients on low, then beat on medium speed for 4-5 minutes until thick and fluffy.  To fill the doughnuts, poke the narrow end of a chopstick into one end of the doughnut, about 2/3 of the way through.  Swirl it around a little to create a space inside for the cream.  Pipe cream into the doughnut.

If glazing doughnuts also, first fill with the cream, then dip in glaze.

Yields enough to fill about 2 dozen doughnuts, depending on how much you use in each  (I only made a dozen doughnuts and had leftover filling).

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen


Caramel Glaze
printable recipe
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add the brown sugar and corn syrup.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat, whisk in the salt, milk and vanilla, then the powdered sugar, whisking until smooth.  Dip the filled doughnuts into the glaze, then set on a wire rack to set the glaze for 15-20 minutes.

After the glaze cools, it will thicken more, so you can gently rewarm it on the stove to thin it out again.

Yields enough glaze for about 2 dozen doughnuts.

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

7 comments:

  1. I'm sure these doughnuts would make me quite happy!

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  2. What a fabulous recipe looks delicious.

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  3. These sound amazing! I love your moody sugar bowl too. Great pic!

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  4. I would be ecstatic with these!

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  5. This is a "must make" when I get my kitchen back. I'm drooling!

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