i had my last student staff meeting for the semester, and i knew i wanted to bake something extra special. since i’ve currently got a huge baked donut obsession, i thought i would try my hand at making extra special chocolate donuts.
(you’d think that i’d make one of my specialities, something no-fail. but, i had to go big for this one…)
the underclass student staff made the graduating seniors each a video that included funny memories shared from friends and residents. the videos were done by k, and she did a hella good job.
there were moments when it felt like our last staff meeting (like when we gave them their videos and watched them together). then, there were moments when it felt like it wasn’t, because there’s still so much to get done.
so, it was anti-climatic for some and really feeling the end for others.
as for me, it’s safe to say i felt both. that was the last time i’ll probably bake for this staff. to think that that’s the last bite of baked good i’ll ever make them is bittersweet.
hopefully, it didn’t let them down.
but, looking at those faces and the empty pan sitting in my sink, i’d say it was a win.
yield 6 donuts
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
for the glaze
1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate (2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
topping: sprinkles of your choice
preheat oven to 350. prepare a donut baking pan by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. whisk together all the dry ingredients for the donut in a medium bowl. mix together all wet ingredients in a small bowl. add wet into dry and mix together until just incorporated. divide batter evenly into prepared baking pan. bake for about 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near one of the donut walls comes out clean. cool in baking pan for 5 minutes. transfer to a cooling rack that has a baking sheet placed underneath it to catch crumbs and for glazing later.
to make the glaze, melt butter, honey, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium high heat until melted. once melted, add in chocolate chips and stir until smooth. remove saucepan from heat and sift in confectioner’s sugar. whisk until smooth.
dip one side of cooled donuts into the glaze and place back on cooling rack, so excess drips onto baking sheet underneath. top with sprinkles. eat right away!