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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chocolate Guinness Donuts




I am back from Florida.  I have been back for a week now but baby and I both got sick the day after we got back. Ugh.  Sick babies and then sick mommy with sick baby are no fun.  Someone told me once you get sick you shouldn't kiss your baby.  Do you have any idea how hard that is?  Very.  I have been washing and disinfecting my hands every minute to prevent me giving it back to her.  If she had the sore throat I did she would be non stop crying.  It was so painful!  We are both almost back to normal, hopefully maybe just another day or two.

On another note,   Florida was fun.  Samantha was a great plane baby, sleeping practically the entire time both ways.  We did have a few fussy nights but she made it through several outings in the day with flying colours.  She even fell asleep on a beach walk in the snugli.  Love those ocean sounds.  The weather was a bit of a hit and miss, with a few cooler days but still much warmer than home.   We did get two nice walks on the beach and a few days at the pool.  Hopefully now that we are home the warm weather isn't too far away.  I do think I see the light in the 2 week forecast.

With St. Patricks Day just around the corner I decided to make one more festive treat to enjoy.

Chocolate Guinness Donuts
(Makes 10 donuts)

INGREDIENTS:

Doughnut
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Guinness
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Glaze
  • 1 cup of Guinness Beer
  • 1/2 dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups icing sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Preheat oven to 325F. In a medium bowl combine flours, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
2) In a large bowl, add Guinness, egg, both sugars and butter.  Whisk together.
3) Gently whisk in the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
4) Spray a doughnut pan with non stick spray.  Fill the holes with the mixture.  Bake for 12 minutes.
5) Make the glaze.  Place the Guinness in a small sauce pan and bring to boil, reduce mixture to 1/3 cup.
6) Place the chocolate chips in a medium bowl.  Pour the reduced Guinness over the chocolate chips. Let sit for a few minutes.  Stir together to melt.
7) Whisk in the confectioners sugar in 2-3 sections. If the mixture doesn't seem thick enough , let it cool in the refrigerator.
8) Dip the top of the donuts in to the glaze and lay on a wire rack about a baking sheet to catch any drips.   If you mixture also is a bit thin, you can dip several times.   I dipped twice.












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