I shall take this moment of ‘cakespiration’.
Perhaps I should be saving it all up and spreading the cake love as the year progresses? Perhaps not, there are recipes to share and cake to eat, I firmly believe that food should be accessible to everyone. Isn’t that what the internet is for?
The last time I baked a baked donut, I forgot to put the the sugar in! They were a bit different….
I love a challenge and the current regular challenge on the social media circuit is being headed by my Twitter a friends Jackie and Rob. It’s a brilliant idea with a challenge being set over a week rather than a weekend, giving just about everyone a fair crack at the topic. The week I baked these donuts was indeed ‘donut week’ – baked or otherwise and the main criteria being you must include the hashtag ‘#TwitterBakeAlong’ plus any other small requirements. No matter your skill, it’s the taking part that is the fun and the challenge is for you to challenge yourself to bake something you haven’t done before. Give it a go!
And so the Donuts. Gluten free Chocolate Donuts flavoured with Speculaas Spice. A lovely cinnamon based spice blend orginating in the Netherlands. I think it lends itself nicely to Chocolate.
Preheat the oven to Gas 6/200c and grease your 12 hole donut tray.
Place all the following ingredients into a mixing bowl –
180g Gluten free plain flour
50g Cocoa (I used Food Thoughts)
2 teaspoons of baking powder
180g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Speculaas spice ( Van Dotsch Spices )
3 large eggs
80ml vegetable oil
160ml milk ( I used semi skimmed)
Then using a hand held electric whisk, whisk for 4/5 minutes to whisk everything together to a lovely velvety, pourable mix. Then carefully pour the mixture into the 12 hole tray (or 2 x 6 trays).
Pop in the oven for about 12 – 15, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool, before prising out of the Donuts. Place them on a cooling rack, and melt the chocolate.
In a bowl, set over some simmering water in a saucepan – don’t let the bowl touch the water, melt 160g dark chocolate. Once melted, dip each of the Donuts into the melted chocolate and allow to cool on the rack. Take care when dipping the donuts in the bowl as it will be hot.
Decorate the donuts with (or not, the choice is yours) your choice of sprinkles and allow the Chocolate to set.
Best eaten with 24 hours, however they do refresh particularly well if you reheat them in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Allow the donut to stand for a few seconds before eating. But again, do take care as there will be hot spots on the donut, if you eat them straight from the microwave.