Donuts, doughnuts, or whatever you want to call them, are without a doubt one of the favorite foods of modern society.
In this article, we’d like to leave you with a fantastic recipe for mini chocolate donuts, which are ideal for any occasion due to their size and ease of preparation. They make an excellent snack or can save you from an unexpected visit.
This particular recipe is fried, but most mini donuts are baked in the oven. We choose the fried ones because give a tastier kick to them.
Donuts’ great versatility makes them very popular in workplaces, offices, and fast food stores all over the world, whether as a dessert, a breakfast, or a simple mid-morning snack to stave off hunger.
To give you an idea, before the pandemic, the multinational corporation Dunkin Donuts announced plans to open 9,000 new stores worldwide.
The global situation may have thwarted those plans in part, but donuts continue to dominate the fast-food market.
Learn with us how to make this delicious snack and find out some curiosities that you did not know about this popular dessert.
Mini Chocolate Donuts Ingredients
- ½ cup of warm milk.
- 15 grams of granulated yeast.
- 280 grams of all-purpose flour.
- 3 spoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 70 grams of sugar.
- 1 large egg.
- ½ cup extra flour for dusting.
- 45 grams of melted butter.
- 1 pinch of salt.
- 1 pinch of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- 1 liter of oil for frying.
For the Chocolate Glaze
- 1 cup of melted chocolate.
- Color confetti.
- 1 cup of icing sugar.
- 4 teaspoons of water.
- In a large bowl, combine the warm milk, granulated yeast, a tablespoon of sugar, and a tablespoon of the same flour, mix the donut batter until no lumps remain, and set aside for 15 minutes, covered. This will activate the yeast and result in fluffier donuts.
- In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: wheat flour, remaining sugar, salt, and baking soda, and stir to combine. Later combine the wet ingredients: yeast, egg, vanilla extract, and butter.
- Whisk with a spoon until the dough separates from the bowl, then place it on a smooth surface and sprinkle with flour.
- We combine until they do not stick to our fingers, then add a little more flour and knead for about 10 minutes.
- We give the dough a few small turns with our hands until it forms a ball, then spread a little oil on all sides.
- Place in a container, cover with a clean cloth and set aside until it doubles in size, preferably in a sunny location.
- After the timer goes off, we remove all of the air, knead and stretch it with a rolling pin, and leave it with a thickness of 1 or 2 cm.
- We use two circle-shaped molds, one with a diameter of 5 cm and the other with a diameter of 2 cm, to cut the mini donuts. There are also special donut molds that you can buy in the market. Another option is making them in the oven with a mini donut maker or mini muffin pan if you want to try other ways to do the recipe.
- When we’ve finished all of the mini donuts, we place them on a tray lined with baking paper, cover with a dark bag, and return them to the sun for 30 minutes to fluff up.
- Heat the oil until it is very hot before frying them. Remember that there should be plenty of oil in the pot and that the donuts should float and not touch the bottom. If you want to avoid too much oil, you can always do the same recipe in an air fryer or with a mini donut pan.
- We cook for two minutes. To ensure a crisp crust, cook for one minute on each side, or until golden brown.
- Allow draining on absorbent paper and cool.
- To make the glaze coverage, gradually add the water to the powdered sugar, mixing well without leaving lumps.
- Once we have the donuts and the glaze, we submerge them halfway and then drain them on a wire rack.
- Finally, we can drizzle with various toppings. The most common decoration is colored sprinkles, but you can also use chopped nuts, pistachios, or grated coconut. You can also change the chocolate glaze for chocolate cream.
Here we share some curiosities about this food that you surely did not know until now.
There is no agreement on the exact origin of the donuts. Many authors claim that similar rolls have existed since ancient Rome and that a type of donut is mentioned in the Bible, but the closest thing to what we know today dates from the eighteenth century.
Olykoek, also known as oil buns, is a type of traditional Dutch fried bread with sugar or jam. According to legend, Dutch settlers brought the recipe to New York in the mid-eighteenth century, where it was utterly transformed into the traditional donut recipe.
A Whole New Shape
Although the first donuts had a flavor that was similar to the current ones, their shape changed over time.
According to popular myth, the American sailor, Hanson Gregory, created the peculiar ring shape as a way to solve the problem of having the center of the dough not fully cooked.
Although this story has never been confirmed, it is known that donuts of today’s shape and flavor were being made in bakeries in the northeastern United States as early as the late 18th century.
Donuts after WWI
Donuts were a common food in some areas of the United States and the United Kingdom for centuries, but their global popularity lasted until the First World War.
Donuts were easy to transport, so US troops brought them to the front lines. As a result, they quickly became well-known in Europe.
In addition, members of the Salvation Army brought donuts and coffee to soldiers serving in the trenches in France as a way of thanking them for their service.
The donut industry is massive, made even more so by the recent global expansion of the big chains.
To give you an idea of its popularity, around 10 million donuts are produced each year in the United States alone.
Although the majority of donuts are manufactured in the United States, Canada has the highest per capita consumption in the world with an amazing number of 30 donuts per year per person.
Similarly, no other country has the same density of stores per person as Canadians.
Junk Food Reputation
Donuts have a reputation for being high in cholesterol and low in nutrition, but despite being deep-fried and topped with a sweet glaze, they’re not “as junky” as many people believe.
According to the nutritional information of various commercial brands an average glazed donut contains about 200 calories. A figure is comparable to the fries in a McDonald’s Big Mac or even a large Starbucks Frappuccino.
In terms of sugar content, it is lower than that of many sugary drinks. Except for the filled donuts, the majority are between 15 and 20g of sugar, or half the sugar of a can of Coca-Cola that has 38 g.
Perfect for weight gain
Some doctors advise their underweight patients to eat donuts in their daily diet. Similarly, many actors who need to bulk up quickly for a role eat doughnuts. Although we mentioned in the previous point that donuts are not as bad as other junk foods, what is the reason to say that they serve to gain weight?
The answer is easy. They are just simple and easy to consume. You can eat a dozen without even realizing it in the blink of an eye. And because they are high in calories and carbohydrates, you can quickly meet your daily energy requirements with just a few.
Many people believe that donuts are only made of sugar, chocolate, jam, or any other style ingredient. What would you say if they told you they were made of mashed potatoes?
According to various sources, there is a percentage of potato starch in the secret recipe of the famous Krispy Kreme glazed donuts. Although the company has not confirmed this information, it is known that in the 1940s and 1950s, it was common to add potatoes to the dough to give the donuts fluffiness.
The world’s largest donut
The largest donut ever made was a 4-meter diameter and 40 cm high American-style donut filled with raspberry jam. It weighed almost 2 tons.
This feat was accomplished in 1993 in New York City.
The classic stereotype of cops and donuts that has been so prevalent in television shows and films dates back to the 1940s in the United States.
Back then, the only places open late were donut shops, so the night shift cops’ cars were always full of donut boxes.
The World’s Most Expensive Donut
To commemorate Donut Day, the Krispy Kreme franchise in the United Kingdom created the most expensive donut in the world for its store on Oxford Street.
This donut was made with 24-karat gold, edible diamonds, champagne, aged chocolate balsamic vinegar, and a few costly secret ingredients.
Despite the price of £1,000 per piece, long lines formed to purchase one.
We hope you enjoyed the mini chocolate donut recipes and that you will try them with your kids, family, and friends.
Remember that our recipes are not definitive, and we encourage you to try your variations and combinations and report back to us on the results.
We also hope that these donut facts were useful and that you now have some fun facts to share with your friends while you enjoy these amazing donuts.