Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Chocolate Chip & Banana Doughnuts

Yum

I am a sucker for miniature food, give me a sharing platter, or tasting menu over a big portion of something any day of the week. I mean why would you want a huge steak or burger, if you could have tiny versions of lots of things off the menu? Maybe it's down to my own indecision and fear of ordering the wrong thing.

Anyway, mini doughnuts, whats not to love?

Ok, Ok, So technically these are not doughnuts. I mean, they aren't deep fried dough, but they are still mighty tasty and a heck of a lot easier than kneading and rising and deep frying. I bought this doughnut cake pan years ago, used it once and its been gathering dust in the back of my cupboard ever since. I came across it the other day when I was looking for my yorkshire pudding tin and decided to make some cute baked doughnuts or 'cake doughnuts'.

I had Zoe in mind when I was coming up with a flavour combination, as she is all about bananas at the moment. I thought about going for banana and blueberry (which I may try next time), but I though't I'd throw some leftover easter chocolate in there, as we had some to hand. The recipe is fairly similar to my Mum's banana bread, just slightly wetter with less banana.

Ingredients
240g Plain Flour
115g Caster Sugar
115g melted Butter
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 large eggs
1 over ripe bananas
50ml Milk
Handful of chocolate chunks/chips (plus extra for decoration)
I use coconut oil for greasing the tin, but butter or olive oil is fine.

Preheat the oven to 160C, and grease your doughnut pan (if you don't have a doughnut pan, you can make mini muffins instead)

Mash the banana into the eggs with a fork, you still want a couple of lumps, so I find a fork perfect for this.

Add the butter, sugar, flour and baking powder and mix together into a thick batter.

Add the chocolate chips and the glug of milk, and mix until the chips are fully incorporated

Spoon the mixture into the tin, ensure you don't overfill, they do rise, so aim for just below the top of the doughnut shaped hole.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until starting to golden and a skewer comes out clean.

Leave to cool.

Melt your chocolate in a small bowl, and dip the smooth side of the doughnuts into the melted chocolate. I also melted some white chocolate and did some drizzling and sprinkled some shavings, just to make them a bit different. You can go pretty wild with the toppings, using anything from sprinkles, to nuts and dried fruit. Raid the cupboards and go crazy!

They were a big hit with Zoe, although I'm going to be honest, I did make a couple without chocolate on the top for her, as the mess that kid makes with chocolate is just insane! I'm tempted to try a yoghurt topping too, maybe next time I'll go for blueberry and banana and reduce the sugar content a little, so many possibilities.

Are there any flavour combinations you think would work? These are such a perfect size and without the chocolate would be great for out and about snacks

Casa Costello
Super Busy MUm

13 comments:

  1. Ohh! These sound so tasty. I think I might have to give these a go x

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  2. Hari OM
    *eyes closed...eyes closed...eyes closed...* Could they be savoury too? herby cheese is coming to mind... but I have my eyes closed ... YAM xx &*<>

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  3. ..bwwahahahahahha....then again, some of the greatest inventions came out of scatter-brained ideas... just take out the sugar and add the herbs instead. I had a savoury muffin at Sydney airport once... a dod of goats cheese discovered in its centre was nearly as lush and lusty as finding molten chocolate in the sweet version!!! Yxx

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  4. That does sound pretty tasty now I think about it...

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  5. i love the fact you have used up a banana in this recipe - i am always using up over ripe bananas but this way is a new one! Fab - they look really good too x

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  6. We very rarely have uneaten bananas in this house, Zoe is a fiend for them, but my local green grocers sells past their best bananas cheaply so I can always pop in and get some when the mood strikes.

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  7. Sarah Trivuncic13 April 2016 at 15:17

    Those are serious chocolate doughnuts! Love them! Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK !

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  8. Wow these look amazing.... the flavour combination is wonderful too. Love chocolate and banana. Love the idea of lemon and blueberry with a yogurt frosting.....

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  9. What a clever idea! I love the banana and chocolate combination as well. My daughter loves bananas at the moment, so this is the perfect treat for her :) Thanks for sharing #mmwbh

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  10. ♫ Alison M ♪15 April 2016 at 18:23

    Can I just say yum! These look amazing, Chocolate and banana is genius

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  11. Didn't even know baked doughnuts were a thing! Wish I'd known sooner as these look yummy! #MMWBH

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  12. Wow these look rather perfect! I daren't show my girls! Thanks loads for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek x

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