Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts and...CSN!

So I'm working on getting out of the baking rut. I've been tired. I know, whine, whine. But it's true. For some reason my youngest (for now) has been waking up around 2 am and SCREAMING! I go in to find out what the deal is, he just tells me "It's not bed time, I don't wanna go night, night!" He won't stay in his room to sleep. So he ends up on a make shift bed on the floor in our bedroom. Judge me all you like, but being pregnant I toss and turn a lot, and he sleeps sideways and likes to hug my head, so the floor or screaming is his option. NONE of that has anything to do with these doughnuts.

I didn't like them though. I love me some red velvet, but these didn't work for me. They were dry, maybe I over baked them or something, but outside of looking kinda pretty (my dip and drizzle sucked) I actually didn't even let my husband take them to work. I chucked them in the trash. But I give you the recipe anyway, so you can try and see if I was just particularly challenged that day (very, very possible) or if it just needs tweeking. I mean, I got the recipe from Taste and Tell and she got it elsewhere, so that's at least 2 rounds of what I'd assume was success.

AND I need your help. The rocking people @ CSN is giving me the opportunity to review a product from their website. You know CSN right? The people who carry this FANTASTIC sleep in all day Eames Lounge Chair all the way to Paula Deen Bakeware? Yeah, those guys! Well, as usual I need help deciding on what to try out. Options are:

NordicWare Mini Scone Pan-

Calphalon Bar Pan-

Nordicware Mini Bundt Pan-

Product to Review via CSN

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Now: The recipe!
Baked Red Velvet Donuts printable
via Bittersweet and Taste and Tell

makes about 1 dozen donuts

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 big ole drops of Super Red red food coloring (americolor)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl, mix together the sugar and egg. Add the melted butter and melted chocolate to the egg/sugar mixture. Add in the vanilla and buttermilk and red food coloring.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing just until combined. Fill the donut pan with the batter, filling each about 2/3rds full. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.

Vanilla Glaze
from Velveteen Baker and Taste and Tell

2 tablespoons hot water
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In small bowl, stir together all ingredients until sugar is completely dissolved. Use immediately to glaze donuts. You can either toss them in or dip just the tops. If the glaze starts to harden you can add more hot water.


Eliana said...

Too bad these weren't your favorite. But I am looking forward to seeig what you review from CSN. I'm hoping it's the mini scone pan :)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

At least they look incredible! I mean that drizzle is making me drool! As for the pans, I like the mini bundt pans. They're so fancy

Anonymous said...

The doughnuts surely look good.

Hanaâ said...

Too bad the cake didn't turn out. The fact that you didn't even send them with hubby to work says a lot. That bad, huh?! Anyhoo, I picked the Bar Pan because of its versatility (brownies, mini-tarts, square muffin tops, etc). I hope you feel better soon. When are you due? You probably already mentioned that somewhere (sorry).

Rebecca (Indecisive Baker) said...

I'm having a hard time with these pan! As of now, the mini scone pan is in the lead! I'm wondering if I could use that as a good brownie pan too!!
I'm due July 30th, with the big ultrasound on March 9th!

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