Chocolate Peppermint Glazed Baked Doughnuts with Crushed Candy Cane Topping

Hello again. Sorry that it’s been so long since the last post but we decided it would be a good idea to move into our new house the week before Christmas!! It has been pretty busy around here with cleaning up the old house and moving everything out of it (who knew you could fit so much into such a little place). Once we made it into the new house we had to figure out unpacking the most important rooms (basically just the kitchen) and get through 3 days of Christmas celebrations with the various branches of our families. Mix in a disaster with the home phone and internet and I am only now, nearly 2 weeks later, ready for the first baking post in my new (beautiful, wonderful etc) kitchen.

The people who we bought the house from were an amazing couple and she works as a pasty chef and had only recently redone the kitchen. I am still learning the ropes but so far the oven and I get on well and as soon as I get an extra cupboard built in to extend the storage and bench space it will definitely be my favourite part of the house.

I have decided to post about a recipe that is only possible thanks to a Christmas gift from a member of our family who we don’t get to meet till March. My husband assures me that the baby wanted to get Mommy the doughnut pan she had been asking for 😛 We are going with a surprise as to whether it is a boy or girl but the ability to shop and use Daddy’s credit card could be some indication?!

I am a big fan of doughnuts and will happily get out the oil once or twice a year to fry up a batch (I limit myself to only a couple of times as they are dangerously good and I would eat far too many if left to my own devices). I have done a couple of baked doughnut experiments that don’t require a special pan which have turned out well, it requires a stiffer dough that is often yeast risen. This recipe is a simple cake doughnut recipe that can be mixed up in two bowls and doesn’t require your electric mixer. *If you don’t have a doughnut pan these would work well in a muffin tray*

Once you have the wet and dry ingredients you combine and mix well to form a lovely dark chocolatey batter.

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Candy Cane and Dark Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

As soon as candy canes become available in stores I want to start my Christmas baking. This year I decided to try out something new, for those of you who grew up in North America I am sure you have fond memories of Rice Krispie Treats. They are such a simple dessert to make, all you need is a bit of butter, some rice krispie cereal and marshmallows. To make them Christmas-y why not add some crushed candy canes and maybe some dark chocolate?

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