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We’ve had a very wet spring for Central Texas  and garden is bursting with everything for lettuce to peas and the herbs look great too. So I just had to share a few pic with you these are products of all the rain.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Now for the important stuff the donuts.

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Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts
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Cake donuts are such a treat and I have found most people love them.  These are so quick and easy to make who needs a donut shop when you can have warm decedent donut from your own kitchen.  If you have kiddies add some sprinkles and you’ll be the most popular person in the world.
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These Glazed Chocolate Cake Doughnuts are baked instead of fried, which makes them easy to make. The doughnuts are enriched with sour cream and spread with a light vanilla glaze. Serve with hot coffee or a glass of cold milk (or, if you are feeling particularly decadent, a mug of hot cocoa). Share with friends and family and enjoy the season._DSC0123 (2)

Yields 10 large or 16 small doughnuts

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees,

Spray a standard-size doughnut pan with cooking oil.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the egg, vanilla, melted butter, sour cream, and buttermilk until thoroughly mixed.

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag (or large zip style kitchen bag with the corner snipped off). Fill the depressions in the prepared pan with the batter until 2/3 full. Alternatively, if appearance does not matter, you could spread the batter into the pan using an offset spatula, but this results in more unevenly shaped doughnuts. Bake the doughnuts for 15-18 minutes, or until puffed and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, thin with a teaspoon or two of milk.

Spoon the glaze over the cooled doughnuts, allowing any excess to drip off. The glaze will take 10-15 minutes to set, depending on the thickness.

Add sprinkles or chopped nut for an extra special touch.

Truly a double yum that makes these a great adult treat is adding bourbon to the glaze in place of the water.  You won’t be able to pass these up!

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Lury

It’s not enough that we do our best, sometimes we have to do what’s required…. Winston Churchill

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