Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Doughnuts with Peanut Butter Glaze

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Ever since I started this blog, we have all been eating way too much sugar! So, for the sake of our health, I have decided to halve all recipes, and even quarter them when possible. This recipe makes 20 doughnuts. I made 10, gave away a few and the remaining doughnuts were devoured in record time. They were really good!

I have tried several doughnut recipes in the last few years. Most of them taste really good when fresh and hot. But realistically, we can't eat all the doughnuts immediately. I found that with most recipes, the doughnuts became hard and quite unappetizing after a few hours. This recipe is not one of those. I kept 2 doughnuts overnight in an airtight box, and I was really pleased to find that even when cold, these doughnuts were soft and tasty. 

I am not very adventurous with my doughnut flavors. I like the original glazed doughnuts the best. I thought I would be a little brave and try something new. And I am glad I did! This Peanut Butter Ganache glaze is really, really good! 

As I have mentioned before, my daughter is only 18 months old. I haven't started giving her peanuts yet. So, I felt bad that she had to be content eating the doughnut holes that I just rolled in powdered sugar. But, she loved them! And I did too. 
I think I will make these doughnuts again, fill them with crème patisserie and dust them with powdered sugar. I'm drooling already!

Really good Doughnuts 
Adapted from allrecipes.com, makes 20 doughnuts


2 envelopes (4.5 tsp) active dried yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 1/4 cups warm milk
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, softened (if you prefer to use shortening, increase the milk quantity by 1-2 tablespoons)
5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Vegetable oil for frying

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a small bowl and allow the yeast to foam & activate for about 10 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, mix together the milk, sugar, salt, eggs and butter and mix well.
  3. Add the yeast and stir well to combine. Add 2 cups of the flour and mix well with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer on low speed. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time. 
  4. Once the dough has come together, transfer to your work surface and knead well for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place dough in a greased bowl, covered with greased cling-wrap and a damp kitchen towel. Set in a warm place until it has doubled in volume - about an hour)
  6. Punch down, turn out onto your floured work surface and roll to 1/2 inch thickness.
  7. Cut out the doughnuts and set them on a floured baking tray to rise again - at least 30 minutes. You can make your glaze during this time.
  8. When your doughnuts are ready for frying, drop them in hot oil (350 degrees). Keep flipping often till both sides are golden brown. Set them to drain on a paper towel.
  9. Dip the doughnuts in the glaze while they are still hot and let them set on a wire rack. Put a plate under the rack to catch any glaze drips. If adding any sprinkles, do it before the glaze has set.
 Best served warm. But also very good at room temperature.

Peanut Butter Ganache Glaze


1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp liquid glucose
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

  1. Heat the cream and peanut butter together, stirring until well combined.
  2. When the mixture is hot, take it off the heat and stir in the chocolate chips and liquid glucose. Stir well until the chocolate has completely melted.
  3. When the mixture is slightly cooler, sift in the powdered sugar. Mix well to combine. Add the vanilla and stir. 
This glaze takes a little longer to set than normal glaze, but is worth the wait!

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Clover said...

O.M.G. These look better than the ones at Krispy Kreme! I cannot WAIT to have to have the custard filled ones next week!!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Now I know why I don't make donuts...after looking at yours, I would eat them all in one sitting! Beautiful!!!

briarrose said...

Man these would hit the spot. Loving the peanut butter in the glaze....I do love everything peanut butter. Pretty sure moderation would be out the window with these in front of me. ;)

Biz said...

You had me at peanut butter genache!!

A little bit of everything said...

i have a sugar problem too :(( that's probably why I didn't make sweets 2-3 times a week as I used to.
your donuts look great, i'd have a hard time eating just one.

Tiffany will be 18 month next month and I already gave her all kinds of nuts. haven't tried the fish yet tho

Mary Bergfeld said...

These look and sound delicious and I'm a peanut butter addict, so these are a real winner in my book. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Rachel {eaternal bliss} said...

It's a good thing I'm not on a diet! Those pictures would ruin me. :) I'd eat all 20. How dangerous & sinfully delightful to make your own doughnuts! I have to give this a try!

Thank you for visiting my blog, and I'm sorry you can't enter the drawing! But I'll be sure to share some more creative cupcake ideas on my site.

Glad to connect with you.

The Harried Cook said...

@Clover - hehe :) thank you!
@Lizzy - Thank you so much! They turned out much better than I thought they would! Easy too!
@briarrose - I love peanut butter too, and couldn't stop eating these. Which is why I was so generous and gave a lot of them away :)

The Harried Cook said...

@Biz - that's exactly how I feel about peanut butter too :) thanks for stopping by!
@Roxana - the doughnuts were good. that's why I made only half a batch and gave away some of them :) I know my Aimee can have nuts now, but I just haven't gotten around to it. She loves fish though! :)
@Mary - Thank you! :) I had never tried peanut butter on a doughnut before & so I thought - why not! :)
@Rachel - Please don't apologize! I totally understand :) I loved visiting your blog and I will be back for more! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Suzy said...

Oh my goodness! Like any normal person, I do love a good doughnut. But with peanut butter to top it off - I would devour the whole batch! This sort of thing is SO not good for my waistline!

Looks very professional! (:

The Harried Cook said...

Thank you for your comment, Suzy! :) And thanks for stopping by... :)

Meg (The Red Spoon) said...

My husband would be absolutely speechless if I made these for him. He loves nothing more than chocolate and peanut butter (well, maybe nutella). Thanks for the great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Yummy, yummy, yum, yum they look so good!

Amanda . said...

I hate you.

theharriedcook said...

:) chocolate, peanut butter & nutella... my favorites too! :) Let me know if you make it and how they turn out!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you :)

theharriedcook said...

awwww... you don't mean that! you love me, you big softie... and you know it! :) I'll make doughnuts for you soon! you were out of town when you made these! Besides, you only like original glaze! Next week! For sure! :)

Erin @ Making Memories said...

You're much stronger than me. I would have made all 20 and probably eaten most of them =o) Yikes. But they look so yummy!

theharriedcook said...

Oh, Erin, I am not strong at all, and that is precisely why I made only 10 and made sure there were people around to eat most of what I made :) Thank you!

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