Spicy Winter Sweets

Chocolate Spice Doughnuts

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a magnificent Thanksgiving with all the turkey, sides and pies you could dream of 😉 For us Americans there is only one thing we may look forward to more than our Thanksgiving feast and that’s Black Friday! Take it from someone that spent 7 years in the retail clothing busyness it really is the most hectic and exhausting shopping day of the year. The malls are packed and the streets are crammed with people looking for the best deals on their latest obsessions and let me tell you most of them have lost their holiday spirit if you get my drift. This is why I avoid Black Friday shopping like it’s the black plague but lucky for me those clever marketing executives came up with another way for us to spend our money Cyber Monday. So there I was browsing through Amazon, free of the crowds of pushy people and one thing caught my eye a mini doughnut pan. I mean really how cute is this! And how could I resist?

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So this mini became my Cyber Monday purchase and boy was I excited to use it! It’s the simple things in life 😉

I felt like giving these little guys a big punch of spice to warm up our Winter mornings. A combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cayenne pepper mixed with sweet chocolate really hits that spicy spot we all crave.

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I also added something a little special Chai Liqueur from Dancing Pines Distillery. This stuff is amazing and pairs perfectly with the spices but it is also hard to find so if you can’t don’t worry about it just add whatever flavored liqueur you have laying around you house or you can omit it altogether for the kiddos 😉

Ingredients

2 teaspoons dry active yeast

2 tablespoons warm water, it needs to be between 110-120°F

¾ cup sugar

1 ½ plus 1/3 cups flour

¼ cup cornstarch

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon dried ginger

 ¾ cup buttermilk

2 eggs

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Spice Chocolate Ganache

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons butter

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons chai liqueur or any flavor liqueur or no liqueur 😉

This makes about 3 dozen mini doughnuts

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400° and grease your doughnut pan with nonstick spray or butter like I did.

Combine the yeast and warm water in a small cup and stir to combine. Set aside till yeast is activated, about 5 minutes.

Sift together the sugar, flour, baking powder, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt in a large bowl.

In another bowl, combine the eggs, melted butter, buttermilk and yeast mixture all together.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry and stir with a spatula until just combined. The dough will be thick and sticky.

To make getting the batter into the pan easier you can spoon it into a pastry bag and divide the mixture evenly between your doughnut cups about 2/3 of the way full. I found this to be the easiest way to get that sticky dough into your pan if you don’t have a pastry bag just use a zip lock bag with the corner sniped off.

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Bake 6 to 7 minutes, until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Turn the little guys out onto a wire rack to cool and try to resist eating them all right then and there 😉

While your doughnuts are cooling whip up your spicy ganache topping.

Simply place the chocolate chips, butter, cream, and flavored liqueur (if using) in a small bowl and pop this into the microwave for about 30 seconds. Give it a stir to combine everything together if the chocolate isn’t completely smooth just pop it back in the microwave for another 10 seconds. Once that is done add the cayenne pepper and mix together.

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Lastly dip the tops of your doughnuts in the luscious chocolate, now the chocolate will never fully firm up so you may as well enjoy a few of them while the chocolate is still warm 😉 that’s my favorite!

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Don’t be fooled by these minis they pack a spicy punch that hits you on the back of your tongue and leaves you wanting more! Just be careful they sure are easy to pop in your mouth 🙂

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P. S. You may have some leftover ganache but I trust you wont let it go to wast 😉

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