Baked Chocolate Doughnuts - Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate Glaze

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Near where I used to live there is a flea market on the weekends that sold mini doughnuts. There was a machine that reminded me of a ferris wheel that dropped the doughnuts into the fryer, then picked them up, each in their own little bin to rotate them and shake off the excess oil. Then they dropped off into a holding bin where the woman behind the machine would scoop them out into a paper bag and ask "powdered or cinnamon sugar?"

I loved going to the flea market on the weekends as a kid so I could enjoy these doughnuts. Usually I went to the flea market with my dad, so these delicious little puffs of fried dough made looking at tools and other manly things much more bearable. :)

When I came across this recipe in my reader, I thought it'd be worth a shot to see if a baked cinnamon sugar doughnut would be anything like the fried ones from the flea market.


Baked Doughnuts
Source: Prevention RD
Yield: ~36 mini doughnuts
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Doughnut Ingredients:
    • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 tbs. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 cup milk (low-fat)
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tbs. applesauce (unsweetened)
    • 1 tbs. canola oil
    • 1 tsp. vanilla

    Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
    • 2 tbs. sugar
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. unsalted butter, melted

    Chocolate Glaze
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
    • 1 tbs. corn syrup
    • 1 tbs. canola oil
    • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
    • sprinkles, optional 

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 450. Coat your doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. Then add in the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
3. Fill each doughnut hole halfway with batter and bake for 4 minutes.
4. Let doughnuts rest in the pan for 2-3 minutes then use a butter-knife to gently remove from the pan and place on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter.

To dust with cinnamon sugar, combine the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Brush the tops of the doughnuts with melted butter then immediately dip into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Flip doughnut over and repeat with other side.

For the chocolate glaze, place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and melt at 30 second intervals, stirring after each until the chocolate has melted. Stir in the corn syrup and microwave 20 seconds. Stir in the canola oil and microwave another 20 seconds. Stir in the vanilla. Swirl each doughnut into the chocolate glaze and then top with sprinkles.

Even though these are chocolate, when covered in cinnamon sugar, these are actually quite similar to the fried ones from the flea market, but if you're expecting a baked doughnut to taste anything like a Krispy Kreme, well, these just aren't for you.

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