Handmade Chocolate Doughnuts

Nicolette van Niekerk
I’ve created this chocolate doughnut recipe with the yeast-based recipe, sprinkling it with cinnamon and castor sugar. More on doughnuts and where they come from can be found on our Glazed Doughnut recipe page.Click here to view the article.  
Handmade Chocolate Doughnuts

Handmade Chocolate Doughnuts

Handmade Chocolate Doughnut Recipe – by Nicolette van Niekerk Preparation time: 20 minutes Dough resting time: 2 Hours Frying time: 5-7 minutes Servings: 12 Dougnuts Ingredients   400g Plain Flour 3ml Salt 7g Sachet fast action dried yeast 150 ml milk 50g butter (cubed) 100ml Cocoa Powder 50g Caster sugar 1 Large egg (beaten) Cinnamon and Castor Sugar for sprinkling Method 1. Mix the flour, salt, and yeast together in a bowl 2. Heat the milk (but do not boil) and dissolve the butter  and cocoa powder until completely melted. 3.Add the egg and sugar to the milk mixture and mix well, be sure that the sugar and cocoa are dissolved completely 4.Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the milk and sugar mixture while whisking then mix for a further 5 minutes until well combined and the mixture pulls away from the sides. 6.Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead well. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with cling film and let it prove for at least 2 hours till double in size. 7.Knock back the dough by kneading it and roll out onto a floured surface to a thickness of 1 cm. Use a doughnut cutter or a round circle 10cm and a smaller cutter for the hole. I used my smallest bun pan to create the “hole” inside each circle. 8.Place on a lined tray, cover with a damp cloth and allow to prove for about 30 minutes. 9.Deep fry at 160-170°C until golden brown all over turning them once. 10.Drain on paper towel and allow cooling. 11. Roll them in cinnamon and castor sugar or decorate with a glaze as preferred.   (Our Glazed Coconut, Pecan and Chocolate sprinkled-doughnuts recipe will have a glaze icing recipe in as well. See our recipe and step by step pictures here)