Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Doughnut muffins with an Easter Suprise...

These doughnuts are baked, not fried! And, their texture are quite like doughnuts; they are very soft and delicious with all the sugar coating.
I'm proud to say that these doughnuts were made with my latest baking tool, my sexy KitchenAid mixer. I always wanted a KA and I'm extremely happy now to own one.

The original recipe from Donna Hay uses soft chocolate filling in these doughnuts. For me, my family and the coming Easter day, I've made these muffins with a little Easter surprise by placing an Easter chocolate egg in each doughnut. Yum!

For the coming 2-3 weeks, my family and I will be having our Easter holidays in Singapore and Hong Kong and hope to return soon after this break. Happy Easter Holidays!

Introducing my sexy KA...
Surprise! An Easter egg in each doughnut!

Here's the recipe from Donna Hay magazine, Apr/May 2010 issue 
(with my minor modifications in blue)
 

The Easter eggs that I used
Make 12

160g butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 cups (450g) plain flour, sifted
21/2 tsp baking powder, sifted
3/4 cup (180ml milk)
2 tbsp buttermilk
1 cup (220g) white sugar (I use caster sugar)
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
melted butter, for brushing
 


Chocolate filling  
(I use 12 mini Easter Caramel Chocolate eggs)
1/3 cup (80ml) single cream
80g dark chocolate, finely chopped
 

To make the chocolate filling, place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate and stir until glossy and smooth. Place in the refrigerate until set.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Place butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Gradually add the eggs and beat until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, milk, butter milk and beat until just combined. Spoon half the mixture into a 12 x 1/2 cup capacity lightly greased muffin tin. Make a small hole in the mixture and divide the chocolate filling between the muffins (or place one chocolate egg for each doughnut). Top with the remaining mixture and bake for 20-22 min or until cooked when tested with skewer. Cool on wire rack. Place the white sugar (or caster sugar) and cinnamon in a bowl and mix to combine. When muffins are cool enough to handle, brush with melted butter and toss gently in the cinnamon sugar to coat.

Happy Baking.

46 comments:

  1. Baked doughnuts are certainly more healthy. These look so cute and what a great idea of hiding the Easter egg inside. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  2. The sugar gives the nice finishing touch that completes the donuts. :) The chocolate is a great addition. I'm so happy for you! You got your own kitchenaid, how cool. I want one too, I'll get a pink one when I have my own kitchen lol.

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  3. simple and healthy, yet fun for the kids, with a festive symbolism. what more can you ask for in a doughnut? :)

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  4. I already love donut muffins so I know that I would definitely love them even more with those chocolaty surprises in them.

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  5. well, zoe your doughnut muffin looks great and must be tasty too..
    but i have a question for you. the mixture in the final will be batter or dough? and as for the buttermilk, what can i use to substitute it?

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  6. wow donut in cupcake form is so creative!! congrats on your new 'toy'! i got one months back too (haha we seem to get things at the same time huh? first the bread maker!). enjoy your trip to Asia Zoe! hope you come back refreshed and relaxed!

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  7. Mmmm...How I wish I can have one D=. Your sexy KA is very sexy indeed hehehe, used to called mine that too (not anymore D<).
    Have a safe trip and hope you enjoy them!

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  8. Yummy doughnuts! Happy Easter! Enjoy your holidays, Zoe! See you when you get back!

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  9. I'm glad you got your own kitchenaid, how i wish i could have one too! Happy Holidays to you and your family, enjoy your trips!

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  10. Thanks for your best wishes given to my sister, so nice of you. This is a great idea to bake this during Easter.Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  11. Wow doughnuts muffins looks super cute and love that brilliant idea of hiding the easter eggs inside, lovely..

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  12. Wow! These baked doughnuts looks mouthwatering, esp with that extra chocolate in it :p

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  13. Happy Easter to you and your family!! LOL

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  14. I love this kind of muffins:simple, easy,and so so good!

    Kisses,
    Rita

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  15. Zoe, you're killing me with those chocolates in there! haha...I think I have to fight with the kids. Shame on me! haha...
    You have a great day, dear.
    Kristy

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  16. haha speaking of donuts, my mum made some on the weekend! reminded me of Malaysia and when i was a little kid we had homemade ones filled with jam :D

    kitchen aids are awesome and i'd get an orange coloured one haha!

    have fun on your trip! take care!

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  17. I have seen a few recipes for these but have yet to try them, maybe something to do this weekend. Yum! I have had my KA mixer for about a year, my Dad brought it home from an auction for me, brand new for 150 bucks! I was so happy, because they are so expensive it was something i didn't think i would ever have until i got married. Now, I love it and don't know what i ever did before i had it! Enjoy!

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  18. I love the Easter surprise :) This is really such a great idea! Surely not just for kids, I'd be delighted to bite into this!

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  19. I like your muffins, but I love your KA :D Its so beautiful!!

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  20. Congrats on your shiny, new KA mixer! It's a beauty! What a fun surprise in the middle of your doughnuts:)

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  21. very creative idea for easter treats - thks! :)

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  22. hi zoe, what a cute idea to have those little chocs inside! lovely muffins!enjoy your holidays!!

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  23. Loved the sweet surprise hidden inside... Looks yum...

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  24. I want to eat these right now! They look great and the chocolate middle is right up my alley. BTW that IS a sexy KA mixer!

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  25. I definitely would rather have a baked doughnut more than a fried one any day! I love the Easter egg candy in the center!

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  26. I wish everyone a great Easter holidays and thanks for your wonderful comments.

    Jane Tan: The final muffin mixture has doughy texture and hold the chocolate egg/filling very well.

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  27. ooo.. thanks zoe..i'll try to make some and i'll let u know how is the result..

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  28. These doughnut muffins look incredible! I haven't figure out what to make for Easter.

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  29. I love the little treat inside these delicious muffins! I hope you have a lovely Easter holiday! :)

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  30. this look so lovely!! i want to give this a try too (: (: (: esp the center is soooo tempting with CHOCOLATE! (:

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  31. The doughnuts look fantastic and the egg is definitely an aditional present if eating these beauties. Have a wonderful Easter trip and holidays!

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  32. Whoah what a way to describe your KA!! SEXY!!
    I hope that I can buy one soon..I'll just stick to my cheap mixer for the time being =)
    And what a unique way to make doughnuts into muffins and a surprise in there!

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  33. Now look at what you’ve done … you have me seriously craving for a piece of this
    Looks fantastic, I love the gem within the muffin :) HAPPY EASTER

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  34. I have the same KA :) Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  35. What a great idea putting a whole easter egg inside! You must have really happy kids!

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  36. Yum yum... I love the idea of donut muffins...

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  37. Zoe this look really amazing my kids love doughuts I have to make this recipe, is lovely, xxgloria

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  38. Oh yes! I would love this chocolate filled doughnut. Just love it.

    Cheers to you on your new Kitchen Aid mixer.

    Velva

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  39. mmmm yummmy..look like delicious..

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  40. Oh, thank you so much for your blog and for the great recipes! :)

    xxx

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  41. Wow. I wonder if I could find some leftover from Easter cadbury eggs! I love a surprise in my muffin.

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  42. These looks delicious. I try not to eat dough nuts because they are fried. These are a healthier option. Great photos !!

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  43. Baked muffin-shaped donuts? That's creative. Enjoy your trip.

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  44. Congratulations on the new additon to the family!!!!

    Love the idea of baked doughnuts - lighter and I'd imagine tastier than the fried version.

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  45. Baked doughnuts are definitely better than deep fried. Less oil and I should try this. Hope you and your family have a nice holiday and have safe trip home.

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  46. Love the muffins with the chocolate surprise!

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