October 22, 2015

Salted Caramel Chocolate Doughnuts with Skor Bits

Happy Fall guys! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting around my house in nothing but a bra and underwear cursing the hot weather, my swollen feet, my gigantic stomach, and dreaming about ALL OF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. The weather in Seattle is now cool, the leaves are falling off the trees, Denver is currently getting dumped with snow which hopefully means that we will be getting lots of snow, and therefore, the best year for skiing yet. I am absolutely loving all of it, and the best thing ever - I have a baby! I am in such a happy daze, the fact that I still need to lose 10 lbs to get back into my pre-pregnancy pants, and the ones that do fit I need to take off half-way through the day doesn't even phase me. I'm not even cursing the huge pile of leaves all over our lawn that I will somehow and someday have to try and find the time to rake up before it starts to rain and our backyard becomes a giant slimy compost pile, which would normally drive me absolutely crazy.

Having a tiny baby in the house is simultaneously the most wonderful thing ever, and the most stressful thing ever. He is so cute and cuddly and squeaky, and I love just lying around the house staring into his eyes, but I often find myself dreaming about the things that I used to get done in a day - email, shower, socializing with adults. It now takes me like 5 days to put together a blog post, 4 days to do the laundry, and 2 weeks to clean the kitchen. I swear, this last month has just flown by, and I'm not even really sure what happened.

Sebastian is a pretty chill baby unless he has gas, which is ALL THE TIME. When he's sleeping, he is so peaceful, but when he is awake it seems like he has hella gas. He cries and grunts and flexes his back and it is so sad, and I want to do everything to help him, but the doctor says - that's the way it goes.

My in-laws arrived last Saturday, which has been an absolute blessing, and I am probably going to cry when they leave. Just last week the pediatrician told me that a good ratio for newborns is 4 adults to 1 baby and I completely agree. Since they arrived I have had time to sleep and clean and cook! It's nice having people around to just hold the baby while I do things because when I am not holding him in my arms I am freaking out that he is going to spontaneously combust or something and I won't be there to save him. Night time is the worst. In the beginning, Brent and I both laid awake at night freaking out that the baby was not breathing or that he was going to die from SIDS and it would be the worst thing ever. That has passed, only because we are now so exhausted we pass out into a coma every night.

I have finally started this whole pumping my breast milk thing in the hopes that I can get a little freedom, and some consecutive hours of sleep at night, but it turns out that if I don't feed him every 3 hours my boobs fill up with so much milk they feel like they are going to explode (sorry TMI). Breastfeeding has now become my full-time job.

Despite the lack of sleep and the boob issues, everything around here is pretty fantastic. As my mom would say, I may be acting somewhat overly dramatic about things, because most days Sebastian sleeps all day, we are able to bring him out and about to restaurants and bars, and I usually get 8 - 9 hours sleep a night (although it is interrupted). But let me tell you, the days that everything does go to shit, those days are real.

Since my in-laws arrived, I have taken the opportunity to create as many recipes as I can before they leave. It's a win-win situation for all of us - I have people to eat all of my creations (which no one seems to be complaining about), they get to hold the baby and eat delicious food. The first recipe that I made for them is a chocolatey sweet decadent one because since I started breastfeeding my appetite has become fierce and my craving for chocolate is out-of-control.

I used a doughnut pan to make them instead of deep frying because although I currently have some time to cook, I really don't feel like cleaning up splattered grease all over the kitchen. Baking doughnuts are easy and clean.

This doughnut recipe is one that I adapted, ever so slightly, from Tracy Benjamin from the blog Shutterbean. I've made it a few times and it's one of my favorite baked doughnut recipes out there. The salted caramel glaze is rich and buttery and a perfect accompaniment. The crunchy Skor bits were a bit of an afterthought and definitely not needed, but absolutely worth it. It's a real shame that I only made six because they were all gone before I could blink an eye.


doughnut recipe adapted from Tracy Benjamin via Shutterbean
makes 6 doughnuts
prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 20 minutes

doughnut ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla

icing ingredients
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/8 tsp salt

2 skor bars, chopped
Preheat the oven to 325ºF.

Grease a 6-cavity doughnut pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt with a wire whisk.

In a medium bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla with a wire whisk.

With a spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the dry. Scoop the batter into a piping bag. Pipe the batter into the doughnut pan, 2/3 full. Place the doughnut pan into the oven and bake for 13 minutes, or until the doughnuts spring back when touched.

Let the doughnuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the doughnuts are cooling, heat 1/4 cup butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat until the butter has turned light brown. Whisk in the brown sugar and heavy cream, and bring to a boil.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla, powdered sugar, and salt. Transfer the icing to a bowl and use fairly quickly. If you end up leaving the icing too long, just give it a good stir to thin the consistency.

Once the doughnuts are cool, dip them half-way into the carmal sauce and then sprinkle with Skor bits.

The doughnuts can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days.


  1. A pretty donut like this sounds perfect for the weekend! I love those Skor bits on top!

  2. These look absolutely divine, and I may actually venture to buy a doughnut pan! I completely and 100% identify with your new mommy issues, and with a just turned one-year-old I can tell you that things get better! You will become an expert at breastfeeding and knowing your baby. Also breastfeeding is awesome because it helps you lose weight! Yay for Fall and for delicious food, and for in-laws! Happy for you and yours!

  3. These look delicious, I don't know which part I like most about them, but I think I'll go for the glaze.

  4. I just said I don't do doughnuts because of the frying, and now this is the second baked doughnut recipe I come across in the space of like, ten minutes!! I swear the universe wants me to bake me some doughnuts!! SOooo going to try this one!! Ah the joys of having a newborn!! Mind, I was able to do everything around the house because my baby was pretty good - compared to what I heard from other parents, he was really a breeze!! - and settled down easily. I'm sure I'm in for a rocky adolescence, oh boy...

  5. These look amazing! I love salted caramel and chocolate. What's not to love?! Can't wait to try these lovelies!
    xx Sydney

  6. These doughnuts are killing me - seriously, everything about them is perfect!! Chocolate + salted caramel, the lighting and photos, that half-bitten piece...(I just wish it was me that got to bite it haha!). Feel like I need to invest in a doughnut pan ASAP - deep-frying does put me off making the regular ones. And congratulations on your new baby! xx

  7. Oh my gosh, these look so good! I love salted caramel, and I really liked your chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting, so I'm definitely excited to try these!!

  8. These look so delicious! And I am so glad to hear that you are in a happy newborn daze. Well deserved :) And those harder days? Well, at least you have doughnuts haha

  9. These looks so good, I can't eat them but I'll dream of them! :)

  10. Oh these look so good! And it seems to be so easy. But does anybody know how you make doughnuts without a doughnut pan? They aren't as common where I live and I have not yet found one but I really want to try this! Thank you.
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