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Baked donuts with chocolate glaze

I know, I know, we are in January, just after Christmas when everybody is supposed to start a detox diet, and I´m here with my post about baked, soft and yummie donuts, am I crazy or what? Well, if everything is about balance, I´m sure you can handle one of these, at least it will make long January a bit easier. Also they are nice to bake, I could find time during the weekend, rainy weekend, perfect plan to me 🙂



Easy recipe with simple ingredients. I put on a chocolate glaze top of the donuts with a touch of cognac but they are also very tasty without icing and fresh from the oven.



For the donuts:

3 teaspoons of dried instant yeast

500 g of flour

1 beaten egg

50 g of butter (room temp.)

160 ml of yogurt mixed with the juice of half a lemon

60 ml of warm milk

150 g of caster sugar

For the glaze:

100 ml milk

200 g dark chocolate

2 tablespoons of Brandy (optional)

150 g caster sugar

2 tablespoons of cinnamon


Start making the dough: combine the warm milk with the dried yeast and a pinch of sugar, let it rest for a couple of minutes. Now mix the flour with the rest of the sugar, slowly add the yeast mixture, the yogurt with lemon, egg, butter and a pinch of salt. Keep kneading for at least 5 minutes or until you get a soft and elastic dough (it will be quite wet, that´s ok, don´t worry about that). Put the dough in a oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth, let rest in a warm place for at least 1 and a half hour.


After that time, knead the dough on a floured surface and make a roll (like a sausage), cut into 10 equal pieces and knead making the shape of a ball and place on the oven tray lined with baking paper. Flatten each ball gently, using a dough cutter (3 cm) make a hole in the centre. Cover again with a clean cloth and let it rise for about 1 hour.


Heat the oven at 200 ºC and bake the donuts for 8-9 minutes or until they get a light brown color. Take them out and let them cool on a rack. In the meanwhile prepare the chocolate glaze: put the chocolate in a saucepan, together with a spoonful of sugar and the Brandy, low heat and keep stirring until everything is melted. Let cool for a few minutes.



Mix the rest of the sugar with the cinnamon, brush the donuts with milk and toss the donuts in the sugar mixture. Then, slightly sink the donuts in the chocolate, place them on a rack and let dry (if you have the patience). Dig in!

You can keep them in the frigde up to 3 days. If you warm them up 30 seconds in the microwave they will taste so good!


Behind the scenes


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Mandazi (African donuts)

Hi everybody!
How is the beginning of the summer going?
I was already looking forward to share this recipe wth you; it´s funny that the african Mandazi and Spanish rolls are made almost the same way but usually Mandazi have a triangular shape.
Mandazi is originally from Eastern Africa, is very easy to prepare, can be eaten with almost any food or dips or just a simple snack with a nice cup of tea.
Madazi are similar to doughnuts but less sweet, that´s why you can add some honey, sugar or even chocolate when you eat them.
As I said, this is very easy to prepare, I´m sure the kids will like this recipe but also the grown ups…I warn can not eat just one 😉
Here I show you my version of Mandazi, I hope you like it!
40 gr sugar
450 gr flower
1 egg
2 tablespoons of yeast
1 tablespoon of baking powder
200 ml coconut milk
2 tablespoons butter
ground cardamom (2-4 tablespoons)
Cooking oil
Mix all the ingredients well until you have a homogeneous mixture, you can add more flour if needed so the dough doesn´t get stuck on your fingers and is smooth.
Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm place for about one hour.
Then, when the dough has doubled in size, knead again and extend it well, and cut it into a triangle (it can also be shaped like little balls if you prefer)

Heat the cooking oil and fry the Mandazi until they get a golden color.

You can sprinkle with coconut, powdered sugar and cinnamon or honey, remember that they don´t have so much sugar.
I hope you try this at home and let me know how it was 🙂 They are delicious!!
Have a nice weekend,
Cheers, Bea.
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Light donuts with orange juice and cinnamon

 Hi everybody!!
Today I would like to share a simple recipe for the time we feel like eating something sweet, but in a healthy way and almost without sugar. Light donuts with orange juice and cinnamon. Here we go!
– Orange juice (two squeezed oranges)
– Half a glass of olive oil
– Half a glass (or less) of brown sugar
Half a glass of milk or soy (I used soy in this case)
– A tablespoon of sweetener 
– A tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate
– Lemon zest
– Grated ginger
– Ground cinnamon
– Half a kilo of flour
Mix well all the ingredients. Start to add more flour if needed (when we see that the dough is difficult to handle).
To make the shape of the rolls: take a piece of the dough and make a ball with your hands, after that with your index finger, make a hole in the middle of the ball.
When all of them are ready on the oven tray, place them in the oven during 30 minutes 180ºC.

 Normally, this rolls or donuts are fried, but I think this one is a healthy alternative and they taste great!

I hope you try this at home!! See you soon!

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