Monday, May 13, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts - The Secret Recipe Club

It's time for The Secret Recipe Club! I love receiving my assignment every month because I love the opportunity to explore other blogs and learn about the blogger. This month my assignment was Adventures in All Things Food. Andrea writes about living on a farm, recipes, crafts and does book reviews. I'm jealous of all your adventures on the farm and the access to fresh food. I would love to have chickens, but living where we do, it's not allowed. She's also expecting her third child and I want to wish her a comfortable end to her pregnancy and a quick and easy delivery!

After pouring through all the recipes, I decided on Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts. I received a donut pan as a birthday gift from my secret mom from my online mom's forum. Every year we do a secret Mother's Day exchange and she sent me the pan and a cookbook for my birthday. I love it and it's a great way to really get to know another OOFer (that's what we call ourselves). This was my first experience making donuts and it was so easy! I can't wait to make them more often and experiment with different flavors.

2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp peanut butter
3/4 cup cake flour
1/3 cup super fine sugar (I pulsed regular sugar in a mini food processor)
1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Glaze
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp light cream

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease the donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a small bowl, melt the butter and peanut butter in the microwave.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the buttermilk, egg, vanilla and melted butter/peanut butter mixture. Stir to combine. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag (or ziplock bag with the corner cut). Pipe the batter into the donut pan. Tap the pan against the counter to release any air bubbles and smooth out the batter.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of  donut comes out clean. Let the donuts cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes. Once the donuts are cooled, remove from pan and set on the wire rack to continue cooling.

While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze by melting the butter and peanut butter in a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer, slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add the cream 1 tablespoon at time until you have the desired consistency of the glaze. I made my fairly thick so I could spread it on with the knife.


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