Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lolo's Baked Vegan Donuts, Glazed or Chocolate covered!

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Last weekend, I attended a fabulous potluck organized through Yelp called the "Vegan Brunch Cartel". Although all food had to be vegan, it was attended by a great group of folks, both vegan & non.

I debated what to bring, as the first edition yielded some dishes people were still raving about as the 2nd one was organized. A mention of donuts was received with fanfare, so I started my search for the perfect recipe.

This recipe comes from the amazing Lolo at VeganYumYum! Do yourself a favor & check out her blog & recipes NOW. I voted for her in the 2007 Veggie Awards & she has an upcoming cookbook I'm excited to get my hands on!

Lolo's Baked Vegan Donuts
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 shake of cinnamon (I was out of nutmeg, so I used all cinnamon & more than a shake!)
1/2 cup soymilk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Egg replacer for 1 egg (I used Ener-G Egg Replacer.)
4 tablespoons Earth Balance or other vegan margarine

Preheat oven to 350º F.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients with a whisk to mix thoroughly.

In a small saucepan, combine wet ingredients over medium low heat & mix until margarine is melted. You should be able to stick your finger in the mixture without burning yourself. Don't make this too hot for the dough!

Add wet to dry & mix until just combined, forming a soft spongy dough.

Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out dough into an ungreased nonstick mini donut pan & smooth out the tops of them. If using a regular sized donut pan (like I did), fill them until just below the rim. Make sure not to overfill them or they'll have uneven muffin tops. If you under fill them, they'll be skimpy, but still edible.

Bake them for 12 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Invert the hot pan over a cooling rack to release the donuts & allow them to cool completely before decorating.

This will yield 20 mini donuts or 6 to 8 large donuts.
If you don't have a donut pan, you can bake them as donut holes in the bottom of a mini muffin pan or make fun shapes in those molded silicone pans!

Glaze for Donuts & other confections
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon soy milk
my additions:
a splash of vanilla (optional)
a bit of agave nectar (optional)

Whisk all of the ingredients together.

Dip half of the donut into the glaze, let some drip off, then dip glaze-side down into sprinkles.

Transfer the donuts to a wire rack with parchment paper underneath, the excess glaze will drip through the rack onto the paper for easy cleaning later.

My Notes:
This makes a great all-purpose glaze for treats! I added vanilla & agave nectar for some extra sweetness & gloss, but it's good without them as well.

Chocolate topping for Donuts
Your favorite vegan chocolate, approximately 6 ounces. (I use E. Guittard Semisweet chocolate.)

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler & remove from the heat being careful not to get water in the chocolate.

Dip your donuts into the chocolate until completely covered & place on a wire rack to drip off excess chocolate.

My Notes:
I found the dipping process to be a bit awkward, some of my donuts didn't want to leave the glaze & chocolate easily, so I was afraid they'd break! In the end, I took my offset spatula & glazed them thickly, letting the excess drip off the sides, then threw sprinkles on top. This worked best for me, but you may like the ease & speed of dipping them.

I tried two donut recipes, hoping to bring chocolate cake donuts as well, but the results of the other recipe (from a vegan cookbook) were not to my standards, so I did not bring them along. In the end, I was very happy with Lolo's donuts & will definitely make them again! I had extras, so I dipped them lightly in agave nectar, then coated them with a cinnamon-sugar blend; so delicious!

The Vegan Brunch Cartel was a total success! Not only was the food delicious, but the people were entertaining & the Victorian house it was held in was gorgeous. An open kitchen & vintage stove complete with 6 burners & a hot plate allowed dishes to be made right before the meal, as we all stood around & chatted. Cinnamon rolls, blueberry corn pancakes, samosas, apple brown betty, home fries, french toast, & "egg" salad sandwiches flowed freely; we were all stuffed! If you're ever in San Francisco, get in touch, if one of these events is happening, you shouldn't miss it!


Anonymous said...

lolo's the best! and so are you. :D

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try these!!! They look divine!!! ^__^

Anonymous said...

oh, those are beautiful! it's basically a health food, right? yum!

Gigi said...

ooh, the chocolate donuts look great. They count as one serving of veggies right? hehe :p

Deb Schiff said...

Those look fantastic! Thanks for the recipe.

Ktastic said...

Thanks for your comment on my flickr account! I was surprised that anyone had discovered the pictures before I had done anything with them yet or even posted anything on my blog. I hope you'll visit back as I post new things :)

Your donuts and baked goods look like they are to die for.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I live in SF and I'm vegan, and I have a yelp account!! How did I miss this? Those donuts look so good! Hopefully next time I'll see that this is happening and turn out some vegan banana pancakes.

Anonymous said...

Oh! They look great! They look perfect, and I'm so happy the recipe worked for you, even with larger sized donuts!

dailycraft said...

those donuts look fantastic!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

celine- YOU'RE the best! thanks so much.

lala- I hope you enjoy them!

stonielove- thank you! your photos & food are always gorgeous. while they're not quite a health food, they're only 100 calories per donut before the glaze, not bad AT ALL!

gigi- if only they had veggies in them! do soybeans count? hehe.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

deb- thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy them!

kelly- I just happened upon them & they look great!

jeani- Banana pancakes would be GREAT! I hope I'll be meeting you at the next Brunch Cartel!

lolo- They were FABULOUS! Thank you so much for your recipe!

dailycraft- thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

i've been wanting to try these! yay!

Anonymous said...

those look adorable. and i prefer cakey donuts to yeasty ones, so i've gotta find me a donut pan and make these ASAP!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

kristen- They're SO worth a try!

steph- They're tasty! My post has a link to a cheap donut pan on amazon.

Vegan_Noodle said...

What a cool event!! And your donuts looks spectacular. I will have to try that recipe out, it's been so long since I've had a donut!
So glad to have discovered your blog!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Totally try them, Vegan Noodle I think you'll love them!

vko said...

How fun! I want to have a vegan brunch party! Need to get New Yorkers hooked up into a group like that!

And Lolo's donuts are simply divine.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

vko- NY totally need a Vegan Brunch Cartel! We all collected on Yelp.com & it's been great!

The donuts are awesome, I think I'm making yet another batch this weekend. woo!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm so inspired! :) I'm from the UK and trying to find great recipes for all my favourite foods which are also animal free and your blog it's just great! Congrats on your anniversaries this year - my husband and I also celebrate dating anniversary so I'm glad we're not the only ones! ;) XXX

Cakespy said...

I know this was from a while ago but I came across this post and loved it. I am not vegan but prefer vegan doughnuts / donuts (whichever you prefer)...they seem to be more dense and cakey. I'm sure you know about it but we have a great place in Seattle called Mighty-O. Swoon.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Beka- Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad you're enjoying my blog.

Cakespy- Make these, you'll love them! I *love* Mighty O, but these are fluffier & lighter than theirs!

kaylie kiwi said...

i like this :] I've erad alot of your blogs and I love them :] you're the reason I made a blog here haha. These donuts look might fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Found your site when I searched for "vegan donut recipe" -- my daughter and I made these today and WOW, they are fantastic!! Thanks so much for posting the recipe. We are truly enjoying your blog. And the donuts!!

Unknown said...

AHHH! i followed your directions and they are puffing up and look like muffins in the pan! they smell scrumptious and the batter is delicious but they won't be pretty like yours! are they suposed to rise?