Well my niece, Hannah was staying with us for the weekend so I figured it would be a good time to try some new recipes from the folder. One that has been waiting patiently was for chocolate frosted banana donuts. Now if you've never made donuts from scratch I would akin it to making bread from scratch because of the whole yeast & letting things rise steps. I would recommend making these when you have some time on your hands though. From start to finish it took about 2 hours but man were they worth it!
After letting the dough rise for an hour Hannah cut out all the donuts and laid them on cookie sheets. Then we had to let them rise for another 30 minutes. The recipe I used made a ton of dough so instead of using it all I froze about 1/3. Not sure what that's going to do to the yeast but guess we will find out when I thaw it. I didn't have a donut cutter but I did have a letter O from my alphabet cookie cutter set which worked fantastically. While we were waiting for the Os to rise, I heated up about 1 1/3 bottles of veggie oil in my enameled cast iron dutch oven.
Now with a pair of tongs I plunged our Os into the 365 degree oil bath. They immediately sunk to the bottom but within seconds were starting to bob up to the top. One minute or so on each side until a golden brown and they were all done. Prepping the dough was definitely the longest and hardest step to this recipe. Frying them was a breeze, and it didn't make the mess I thought it was going to either.
This is what our fried donuts looked like. They puffed up like little pillows in the oil. You could easily just throw some powdered sugar on these and eat them warm but Hannah and I are both a little chocolate obsessed so we knew what we had to do. Time to glaze the donuts. The glaze was super simple; chocolate chips, butter, whipping cream (melt all three in microwave), then add powdered sugar and a little corn syrup. Super tasty!
Donuts were being dunked in their chocolate topping when a great idea hit me....SPRINKLES! I quickly ran up to my baking storage closet and retrieved some. (Yes, I have a baking storage closet. If you don't then you obviously haven't taken the Wilton cake decorating classes. I used to be a little obsessed. To be fair it also stores my supplies for Sadie's Barkery.) Hannah had the great idea to pour the sprinkles into a bowl and dip the frosted donuts into them. They came out great don't you think?
How did they taste? Honestly, I was a little worried cuz I'm not a huge fan of cake donuts, but these were light and fluffy. You could totally taste the banana and the chocolate glaze was just enough sugar without being overpowering. Donut heaven! I'll never look at a donut the same way again.