Chocolate & Lavender Donuts with White Chocolate Ganache Glaze 

How about some tasty chocolate donuts? Donuts make everything better! So does chocolate! These moist, chocolatey lavender donuts with a white chocolate glaze are SO SO TASTY! They are a MUST for your sweet this Valentines Day! We have had lots of snow here in NC lately which is odd. It has me really dreaming about spring and beautiful greens in the garden! I am good with one pretty snow fall and happy when its gone a day later.So, the other day while the snow fell I made lavender donuts and dreamt of spring. I don’t know what it is about lavender but I LOVE incorporating it in my desserts! The floral herb pairs nicely with the decadent chocolate. I thought lavender would be a perfect herb to incorporate in festive valentine sweet treats! There is something sweet and romantic about lavender! Making it completely appropriate for Valentine’s Day! Don’t you think?I made these donuts two ways,  one with heart sprinkles and the other with just sprinkled dry lavender. The red chocolate ganache was just made with red colored candies to be festive. If you want to make it with just white chocolate you can.

Ingredients 

3/4  cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp of melted and cooled butter

1 egg

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp of granulated sugar

1/3 cup of heavy cream

1/3 cup milk

1 tbsp of lavender

1 drop of lavender oil (optional)

1 tbsp vanilla

1-2 tbsp of sprinkles or dried lavender for decorating

donut baking tray

Ingredients for Chocolate Glaze

1 cup of white chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

Yields: 10 donuts

  1. In  a sauce pan bring 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream to a boil. Pour white chocolate into a bowl and once the heavy cream has boiled pour over chocolate stirring until completely incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl add flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Stirring together making sure there are no clumps in the mixture. Set aside.

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3. In a mixer beat together sugars, egg, vanilla, butter, lavender and lavender oil. Then add flour mixture and continue mixing. Then slowly add heavy cream and milk.

TIP: You want your batter to be like cake batter a little runny. You do not want it to look like cookie dough. If you need to slowly add an additional 1/3 cup of milk until you achieve a thinner batter.

4. Grease your donut tray and pour your batter into each donut mold. You want them 3/4 full. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove donuts immediately from molds and place on a cooling rack.
5. Allow donuts to cool COMPLETELY.  Then gently dip each donut into the ganache and sprinkle with dried lavender or festive sprinkles of your choice. Place back on cooling rack and allow to set for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with a glass milk and enjoy these moist, melt in your mouth chocolate goodness!

     Grow it. Pick it. Cook it. Eat it.

           Chantelle

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