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Triple Coconut Doughnuts (or Muffins)

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I’m not much of a doughnut girl, but when I get a hankering for one, it’s usually on a Saturday. I had one such a hankering this last Saturday, and decided to see if I could throw some together with the ingredients I had on hand. I found some coconut in the pantry and threw these together real quick, amplifying the coconut flavor with coconut milk and coconut oil, topping with a coconut glaze and a sprinkle of toasted coconut. And…perfection! Dense and moist, the perfect doughnut or muffin texture, and they keep well to enjoy leftovers the next day.

Triple Coconut Doughnuts or Muffins

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¼ cup virgin coconut oil, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut milk, or whole milk
¾ cup sweetened, shredded coconut

2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
Coconut milk or heavy cream, for thinning

½ cup sweetened, shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease doughnut pan(s) and/or line muffin pans with paper or foil liners; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream coconut oil and sugar for two minutes. Add egg and extracts and beat another minute. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a separate bowl. Add it alternately to the creamed mixture with the milk, starting and ending with the flour. Fold in the coconut.

Spoon into doughnut or muffin pans, filling ¾ full. Bake doughnuts 10 minutes, muffins 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

While they are baking, toast the coconut and make the glaze. Place the 1/2 cup coconut in a skillet and toast over medium heat, stirring frequently until golden. Remove from heat and prepare the glaze by mixing the oil and powdered sugar together as well as possible with a fork in a small bowl. Add coconut milk or cream a little at a time until glaze consistency.

Once doughnuts and/or muffins are done, turn out onto wire rack and spoon glaze over the top. If they are cool enough to handle, you can also turn them upside down to dip into the glaze while they are warm. After glazing each, sprinkle with coconut while the glaze is still wet. Enjoy warm or allow to cool. For storing leftovers, allow to cool completely before storing in a Ziploc bag with the air pressed out.

Veronica’s notes: while the doughnuts came out of the pan with ease, perhaps due to the shorter bake time (sugar hadn’t had time to caramelize onto the pan), this batter tends to stick to even the most nonstick muffin pans and I highly recommend using liners if baking in a muffin pan. Also, the almond extract in this tends to flavor it as much as, or a little more than, the coconut. It is a nice compliment, but if you’d like the coconut flavor to come through more, especially if using cow’s milk instead of coconut, use 1/4 teaspoon or replace with more vanilla. Last, please do NOT substitute coconut milk beverage (found in the refrigerated non-dairy section) for coconut milk. Use the full-fat canned stuff.


Easy Apple Cider Doughnuts

Am I the only one who thinks things like apple cider & pumpkin pie are fall treats and aren’t meant to be enjoyed after Thanksgiving?  Kind of like wearing white after labor day, it shouldn’t be done? I’m sort of hoping I am the only one who thinks this way, because otherwise this wonderful recipe won’t be tried in time and will be long forgotten when fall rolls around next year.

If you have the ingredients on hand, I urge you to make these before the official fall eating season has turned to Christmas eating (for me, that means the apple cider and pumpkin are replaced by egg nog and chocolate…lots of chocolate).  They are simple so you could even serve them on Thanksgiving morning without over-taxing yourself.  And the sugar buzz will get your long day of cooking off to a nice start.

Easy Apple Cider Doughnuts

recipe courtesy of Marina C.

1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmet
1 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
2 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick–I used some generic stuff)

Preheat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F. (I just filled a skillet half full of oil and heated it.  Be sure to check the temperature with a candy thermometer.)

Beat egg, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider and vanilla together.  Add flour and baking mix.

On floured surface, knead dough several times and roll to 1/2-inch thick.  Cut with donut cutter (I used a large & tiny biscuit cutter, or you could use a glass & a pop cap or  use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke a hole).  Drop into hot oil & cook until golden brown, turn, and cook the other side until golden brown.  Keep the candy thermometer in the oil and adjust the heat on the burner as necessary to keep the temperature steady.  You don’t want to let the oil get too hot or it will burn the doughnuts before they have a chance to cook in the middle.  Don’t forget to cook those donut holes as well!  Waste not…)

Drain on paper towels.  Frost or roll in a cinnamon-sugar mixture.  I mixed 1 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for the coating.

Serves 18-24

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