Homemade Valentines Day Donuts

I’d like to take credit for my Martha Stewart tendencies, but I must admit, they totally come from my mother. In preparation for Valentines Day, I wanted to bring a treat to my boyfriend’s. I was going to go with classic strawberries, but my mom in her infinite wisdom suggested I make donuts. We have a “Babycakes” mini donut maker and it’s awesome. And this was a brilliant idea. I used the recipe in the little book that it came with, but I’m sure it would be just as good in a donut pan.

Ingredients Donuts:

1 1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 vegetable oil

1/4 milk

1/4 sour cream

*I added a sprinkle of cinnamon because I love the combo with chocolate!*

Chocolate topping:

1/2 cup melting chocolate (I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate melting wafers)

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1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

SPRINKLES/JIMMIES! (optional)

Donuts

1. Whisk all wet ingredients in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. It is going to look a lot like a pancake batter.

3. If you are using donut maker, plug it in. If you are using a pan, turn your oven on!

4. Bake at 350 until golden brown, or as per the donut maker instructions (about 4 minutes)

5. When done, remove from forms, place on a wire cooling rack.

Topping:

1. In a double boiler, or metal bowl over a simmering pot of water, add in your chocolate, corn syrup and whipping cream.

2. Use a spatula and mix intermittently until all of the chocolate is melted, think gnache. Turn the burner OFF but leave the bowl over the pot.

3. Carefully dip the tops of your donuts into the melted chocolate and replace back onto the wire cooling rack.

4. Before the chocolate sets, top with any of your favorite donut toppings- sprinkles, jimmies, nuts, marshmallows…what ever floats your boat! I suggest putting a cookie sheet under the wire cooling rack to catch rouge sprinkles to make cleaning a breeze!

Let set or eat warm!

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