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Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts
Can we please just take a break and enjoy every single bite of this incredibly delicious, soft and nutty Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnut (30-minute doughnut that is). Yeees, you’ve heard me right. Chocolate. Glazed. Chestnut. Doughnut, made in only 30 minutes. If you have been following us for a while, you might have seen that our love for doughnuts is really really deep. Doughnuts have been the hardest thing for Jernej to master (the fried, Brioche ones with rich vanilla cream). But when life throws flour, eggs and sugar at him, he makes doughnuts, the best doughnuts in my humble opinion. Now I am of course the happiest little clam, because doughnuts are my all time favorite dessert and Jernej has mastered the craft. Double win, oh life is gooood. :)

 

This is also the very first baked doughnut recipe on the blog. 99% of the time we make fried doughnuts, oh the crispy outside and the fluffy inside. These baked doughnuts on the other hand are a completely different story. These doughnuts have more of a cakey texture. Yes, they are soft and have a beautiful, spongey inside texture, but the fried ones are more airy and the outside there is crispy, here, not so much. Here the outside is cakey, more muffin-like.

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

On the plus side, that spongey, cakey outside makes these cuties perfectly perfect for glazing. I am of course talking about chocolate glaze, what other perfectly perfect glaze there is? The glaze not only adds that beautiful shine, but it makes them perfect for holidays and celebrations as well. We first experimented with dark chocolate, but quickly realized that dark chocolate is a bit overwhelming for chestnuts in this case. So we decided to go for two options: white chocolate glaze and milk chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Now we have our chestnut doughnuts beautifully glazed, hooray! So happy with how they look. They are actually super pretty just like that. Shiny, chocolatey, simple. Or, you can go all out and add your own touch. If you are in the Halloween spirit, adding some of those cute little sugary eyes would be so cute, or even drawing a black spider web over the white chocolate glaze. We kept it minimalistic and added a delicious homemade topping: Caramelized chestnuts. It's basically melted, hot maple syrup combined with chopped cooked chestnuts.
 

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Chocolate Glazed Baked Chestnut Doughnuts

Honestly, these doughnuts are ridicously easy to make. You mix everything together, bake, let them cool, dip them in glaze and then if you want you can decorate them or just leave them as they are, simple and shiny. Either way they will be delicious. It doesn't get easier, plus they are made in 30 minutes, how great is that. No excusses you guys, these should definitely be on your bake list.

Lets get cooking!

ONLY A FEW MOMENTS SPENT IN THE KITCHEN AND YOU WILL HAVE THIS FANTASTIC DISH IN FRONT OF YOU.
  • makes
    12
    doughnuts (baking tin in equipment)
  • preparation:
    15
    minutes
  • bake:
    12
    minutes
  • total time:
    30
    minutes

METHOD

  • Chestnut purée

    First prepare the Chestnut purée. In a blender mix together cooked chestnuts and whipping cream. If necessary, if the consistency isn't smooth, you can add up to 4 tbsp of water to the mixture. Also, you can use store-bought chestnuts purée but homemade is always better, since you can control the taste and texture.

  • Mix the eggs and sugar

    In a large bowl mix together eggs, canola oil, light brown sugar and vanilla essence using a hand held mixer. Mix until the mixture is pale and airy, for about a minute. Then add homemade chestnut purée and mix until well combined. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 355 °F.

  • Dry ingredients

    In a separate bowl stir to combine flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Add the dry ingredients to the chestnut mixture and mix to combine. Make sure not to overwork the batter.

  • Pipe the doughnuts and bake

    Spray a doughnut baking tin with oil (or use butter). Fill a piping bag with chestnut doughnut batter. Cut the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into a prepared baking tin. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes at 180°C / 355 °F. This doughnut recipe makes 12 doughnuts, and since we only have one baking tin, we bake in batches (2 x 6 doughnuts).

    Tip
    If you don't have a piping bag at home, you can use a regular freezer bag. Cut one corner of the bag and you will have the same functionality.
  • Remove from the oven and prepare caramelized chestnuts topping

    Remove the baking tin from the oven. While the doughnuts are still hot, remove them from the baking tin, transfer to a wire rack to cool. Meanwhile prepare the caramelized chestnut topping (optional). Place a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add the maple syrup and chopped cooked chestnuts. Bring to a boil and cook for approx. 5 minutes or until the maple syrup completely covers the cooked chestnuts and is thick in texture. Remove from the heat and transfer the caramelized chestnut topping to a parchment paper and let cool for about 10 minutes.

  • Make the chocolate glaze and serve

    Melt milk chocolate and white chocolate separately in two bowls. Add the vegetable oil to each bowl and stir to combine. The chocolate should be silky, shiny and smooth. Once the doughnuts have cooled, invert the doughnut into the chocolate glaze and let the excess drip off. Optionally, sprinkle with caramelized chestnuts topping. Enjoy.

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