Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Heart Shaped Donuts!

I'm planning to bake bread 50ish times in 2012 and will post lots of pictures and recipes to show you how it's going. I hope you're inspired to bake something too!

Looking for a delicious treat to surprise your sweetie with this Valentine's Day? Whip up a batch of these half whole-wheat baked heart shaped donuts!
I modified a recipe I found here to create these "heart"y treats.

What you need:
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3tbsp butter (or shortening or margarine)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 3 tbsp warm water

  • milk
  • powdered sugar
  • cocoa powder

What you do:
  • Put the warm water, sugar and yeast directly in the bowl you're using
  • Put the butter and milk in a glass measuring cups and heat both up in the microwave so that the milk is warm but not hot.
  • Mix the ingredients in the bowl with the yeast mix already in it.
  • Knead the dough for 6-8 minutes (it will still be a little sticky-it's just a sticky dough)
  • Allow the dough to rise until doubled (about an hour)
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until about 1/4 of an inch thick
  • Cut into circles or hearts (see note)
  • Allow to rise until doubled again (about 30-45 minutes)
  • Bake at 375 for 8 minutes.
  • Mix 1 tbsp of milk and 1 tbsp of cocoa powder in a wide bowl and add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until you like the texture (should be fairly thick) 
  • Fill a second bowl with sprinkles
  • Once donuts are cool enough to handle, dip the top of each donut into the frosting mixture and then into the sprinkles.
  • Allow to dry a bit and then eat!

My notes:
  • To make the donuts heart shaped, I first made them round and then pinched the top and bottom in the center until it was a nice heart shape.
  • If you have heart-shaped cookie cutters in various sizes, that might be easier and quicker than the circle method I used-just make sure the heart is skinny enough to still look like a heart after it rises in the oven!
  • These are tasty according to my husband and toddler and me, but they do not taste like fried, all white flour Krispy Kreme donuts-they taste like baked half whole wheat flour donuts. If you are looking for a delicious sweet-but-healthy, baked yeast bread with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, you'll love this. If you something that tastes like it has 5000 calories in it, you're going to be disappointed. I just want you to know what you're getting into here.
  • You can fry these and they will be a more traditional donuty, just not as healthy
  • If you'd rather not use wheat flour, add 1/4-1/2 cup extra flour so it's not too wet.

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