Somehow another year has slipped by again. Many of us are winding down our holiday preparations, and we are packing up ornaments, changing our diets, and erasing holiday playlists from our iPods. However, there is one day left to celebrate with good cheer; one door left open to a little decadence and indulgence. This would, of course, be New Years, and we are ready to ring it in.
We decided to make good use again of our Chocolate Coffee Bread, and came up with a sweet little treat: Mini Doughnuts! We’ve made Mini Doughnuts before, but this time things are a bit more sophisticated. These doughnuts are grown up; the chocolate bread is only slightly sweet, and the glaze is rich and deep, adding the ideal balance. They are a perfect addition to a swinging New Years Eve party, or a late morning New Years Day Brunch.
So Happy New Year to all of you! We hope this year is filled with good things, and lots of bread making. Let us know if Artisan Bread in Five is a part of your New Year’s table – you can tweet us pictures here so we can follow along.
Chocolate Espresso Mini Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
To make the mini doughnuts, you can follow the instructions in Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, or look at this post as a guide for shaping. A small biscuit cutter works well to cut circles, and the spout of a funnel was a good tool for poking small center holes. You can coat doughnuts in just plain sugar, but we loved adding a rich chocolate glaze. These are best eaten right away, warm to slightly warm, although they will taste great the same day they are made. Because the dough is so dark, it’s hard to tell when it has reached ‘golden brown’, so carefully follow the time and temperature in the book for frying.