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    Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)

    Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)

    Citrus season is officially upon us, which means that the blog will soon be overflowing with an abundance of citrus recipes. I blame my “too much” gene, it’ll never let me just create one citrus recipe and call it a day. And when it comes to citrus season, there’s nothing better to me than blood orange.

    Honestly, I’m obsessed with citrus all year round. Citrus desserts, citrus in savory dishes, citrus candles and essential oils. But I’m equally obsessed with chocolate, and I’ve only recently learned that the two can coexist. Meet: blood orange chocolate donuts.

    Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)

    These donuts are rich, chocolatey, and slightly bittersweet in the best way possible. Then they’re double-dipped in a tart blood orange glaze, yum.

    My favorite part of working with things like blood oranges, matcha, etc. is the fact that they’re a natural dye. I avoid using food coloring as much as possible, 1. because it’s crazy unhealthy and 2. because it can leave a really gross aftertaste in your baked goods. So when something will naturally create a beautiful hue like this pink glaze? Count me in.

    Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)

    Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts

    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time25 mins

    Ingredients

    Chocolate Cake Donuts

    • 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
    • 1 cup nondairy milk
    • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 3 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted

    Blood Orange Glaze

    • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted
    • 6 Tbsp. blood orange juice
    • 4 cups powdered sugar

    Instructions

    For the donuts:

    • Preheat oven to 325ºF.
    • Mix the flaxseed meal with 6 Tbsp. water and set aside to let thicken (5-7 minutes).
    • Mix together the nondairy milk and the vinegar, mix well, and set aside to let curdle (this makes a homemade vegan buttermilk!).
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt). Add the sugar and mix well.
    • Pour in the wet ingredients (flax eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter, and buttermilk). Mix well until smooth.
    • Pour into the greased wells of a donut pan. Bake 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool fully.

    For the glaze:

    • Mix together the glaze ingredients and stir until completely smooth. Fully dip the donuts once, let the glaze set, then drizzle remaining glaze over the top.
    Recipe adapted from Heather Christo

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  • Donuts & Cinnamon Rolls FOOD

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

    Lamington Donuts – the classic Australian dessert in donut form! Moist vanilla sponge cake filled with raspberry jam, topped with a chocolate glaze and shredded coconut

     

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)
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    Hello friends. I’ve got another donut recipe for you. This time in the form of a classic dessert, a lamington. This post may cause a lot of problems with my Australian readers, not because I’m making a lamington donut or “reimagining” one of their favorite desserts, but because I had no idea that the jam inside lamingtons was such a point of contention.

    I chose to put jam simply because it’s delicious and I felt like it, but if you feel with everything inside you that lamingtons aren’t supposed to have jam, then no worries, I won’t be offended if you leave it out.

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

    I’ve been seeing Australia literally everywhere lately, like every time I get a new follower on Instagram, they’re from Australia, or it’s a pastry company in Australia, or I’m getting ads to come visit Australia. So I gave into it a little bit and made these donuts, which I’m in love with, but it kind of backfired because now I feel like I need to go visit and eat one in person.
    Anybody want to host me? I’ll bring donuts.

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

     

    Here’s What I Used:

     

     

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time25 mins
    Servings: 12

    Ingredients

    Vanilla Cake Donut

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • pinch of salt
    • 2/3 cup nondairy milk
    • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter melted
    • scant 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 cup jam I used raspberry

    Chocolate Glaze

    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp. milk
    • sweetened shredded coconut for topping

    Instructions

    For the donuts:

    • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt), then add the brown sugar and mix well to break up any clumps.
    • Mix together the wet ingredients (milk, butter, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar), then add to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Don't overmix; clumps are ok!
    • Grease the wells of a donut pan, then fill the wells a little under halfway with the batter. Using a piping bag or small spoon, add a small layer of jam on top of the donut batter. Add the remaining batter on top, making sure to completely cover the jam.
    • Bake 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely.

    To decorate:

    • Mix together the glaze ingredients and stir until completely smooth.
    • Carefully dip the top half of the donuts into the chocolate glaze, and gently move back and forth to get all the excess glaze to drip off. Set aside and let the glaze start to harden, about 2 minutes.
    • Once the glaze is starting to set (but isn't hard yet), dip the glazed part of the donut into the shredded coconut and roll around to make sure all sides are coated. Gently shake the donut above the bowl to remove any excess coconut.

    Recipe adapted from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken – “Classic Vegan Chocolate Glazed Donuts

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

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  • Donuts & Cinnamon Rolls FOOD

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts – Moist banana bread cake donuts covered with a dark chocolate and vanilla glaze

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    Here’s something not many people know about me: I love love love black & white cookies. In fact, I love them so much that in college I dyed my hair half black half white, right down the middle.*

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    When I was going to culinary school, I lived in an apartment right on top of a little health food store. It was super convenient for late-night snacks and early morning breakfasts.

    I didn’t care too much about the deli case full of meats or cheese, but I couldn’t stay away from the bakery counter. There was a big pastry case with tons of desserts, and most importantly there were black & white cookies, so needless to say I ate a lot of them.

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    A black & white cookie is exactly what it sounds like: a shortbread cookie frosted with half vanilla and half chocolate frosting, split right down the middle. They’re super simple, but seriously delicious. Plus they have a super confusing history and no one really knows where they came from. Fun fact.

    I made these donuts for National Donut Day, which is a holiday that we should treasure greatly. The recipe is adapted from my Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts, and the glaze is my tried-and-true, foolproof glaze. Seriously, I use this glaze for everything.

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

     

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time35 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Servings: 12
    Author: Brit Wolfe - Panthers & Peonies

    Ingredients

    Banana Bread Donut

    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 cup nondairy milk
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
    • 3 medium bananas mashed

    Vanilla Glaze

    • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 3 Tbsp. nondairy milk

    Chocolate Glaze

    • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 2 Tbsp. nondairy milk

    Instructions

    To make the donuts:

    • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon), add the brown sugar and mix well to make sure there are no lumps.
    • Fold in the wet ingredients (milk, vanilla, coconut oil, and mashed bananas) and mix until just combined, making sure to not overmix.
    • Pour batter into the wells of a greased donut pan. Bake 14-15 minutes until golden brown.
    • Let cool completely before decorating.

    To decorate:

    • Mix the glazes in two separate bowls, whisking well to make sure there's no lumps.
    • Place donuts on a wire rack over a baking sheet, then pour glaze on each half of the donut. I suggest using a small spoon or knife to make sure the glaze is evenly spread. Once the glaze is poured, gently tap the baking sheet to get the excess glaze to drip off.

    *Yes I did actually dye my hair like that, but not because of black & white cookies. I just thought it looked cool.

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

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  • Donuts & Cinnamon Rolls FOOD

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I earn a commission if you purchase through those links. These are all products I use daily and highly recommend. Thanks for the support that makes Panthers & Peonies possible!

    Happy Friday! It’s almost the weekend, and also it’s almost Mother’s Day. You should totally make these Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls for your mom. She deserves them.

    Everybody loves cinnamon rolls, that’s just a fact of life. But these are not plain, boring cinnamon rolls. These are made with sourdough starter discard, and it gives them a sturdy texture (which is a good thing, trust me) and subtle sour tones without being full-on SOURDOUGH.

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

    You guys know I’m a little bit obsessed with using sourdough starter discard in recipes. Sourdough is such a good flavor, but making the starter requires throwing out so much dough and I’m just not into that. So I’ve created a few recipes that use up the starter discard:

    And now these Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls are joining the list.

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

    I kind of switched up the whole cinnamon roll shape thing here by baking them in individual muffin tins, which creates this really pretty cinnamon ripple. You can totally make the cinnamon rolls in a normal baking pan, they’re equally delicious either way.

     

    Here’s What I Used:

     

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

    Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
    Cook Time25 mins
    Total Time2 hrs 55 mins
    Course: Bread
    Servings: 12
    Author: Brit Wolfe - Panthers & Peonies

    Ingredients

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

    • 2 1/4 tsp. dry active yeast
    • 1/2 cup nondairy milk plus more if dough is very dry
    • 1/2 cup vegan butter divided
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup sourdough starter discard
    • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 ounces vegan cream cheese
    • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

    Instructions

    • Heat the milk and 3 Tbsp. of the butter until warm (about 110ºF).
    • Sprinkle in the yeast and let rest 10 minutes.
    • Add the yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer (fitted with a dough hook), along with 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, salt, and 1 cup flour.
    • With the mixer on low, gradually add the remaining flour, then the sourdough starter. Increase the mixer speed to medium and let knead 5 minutes until the dough comes together. Keep an eye on the moisture of the dough. Once kneaded, the dough should form a solid ball and be sturdy but soft when you poke it. If the dough is wet or sticky, add a Tbsp. of flour.
    • Place dough in a lightly-oiled bowl, cover with a clean dish towel, and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour until doubled in size.
    • Dump dough onto a floured surface, then roll into a large rectangle. Melt remaining butter and brush most of it over the dough (save a small amount of melted butter to brush over rolls right before baking), then sprinkle with cinnamon and 1/4 cup granulated sugar.
    • Roll tightly, making sure to pinch the seam tightly. Cut rolls to desired size, then place either in a baking pan or into individual muffin tins.
    • Cover with a clean dish towel and place in a warm place to rise. Let rise 30-45 minutes, until the rolls are big and puffy, but not quite doubled in size.
    • When the rolls are almost done rising, preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    • Brush rolls with remaining melted butter, then bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
    • To make the cream cheese frosting, combine all frosting ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.
    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

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  • Donuts & Cinnamon Rolls FOOD

    Blood Orange Olive Oil Donuts (Vegan)

    Blood Orange Olive Oil Donuts – Moist, rich citrus donuts made with olive oil and covered in a sweet and tart blood orange glaze


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    I’m obsessed with blood oranges. It’s officially blood orange season and I’ve been on the hunt for them for close to a month now, checking pretty much every grocery store in California. And guess what, I FINALLY found some this week! I’m so happy. Between my boyfriend (also a blood orange addict) and I, I’m kind of shocked that they lasted long enough for me to bake with.

    Blood Orange Olive Oil Donuts (Vegan)

    This is my favorite citrus recipe of all time. It’s great as a cake, but somehow even better as donuts. You can totally make it with oranges or lemons, but making it with blood oranges is over the top delicious.

    And please don’t let the olive oil scare you. It doesn’t make the donuts greasy, it makes them super moist and gives it a great crumb structure.

    PS look at that glaze, that color is everything.

    Blood Orange Olive Oil Donuts (Vegan)
    Here’s What I Used:

     

    Blood Orange Olive Oil Donuts (Vegan)

    Prep Time7 mins
    Cook Time17 mins
    Total Time24 mins
    Course: Donuts
    Servings: 12
    Author: Brit Wolfe

    Ingredients

    Olive Oil Donuts

    • 1 cup nondairy milk
    • 1 Tbsp. blood orange zest
    • 1 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed blood orange juice
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 2 cups minus 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
    • 4 Tbsp. cornstarch
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt

    Blood Orange Glaze

    • 1 Tbsp. blood orange zest
    • 2 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed blood orange juice
    • 1 cup powdered sugar

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    • Mix together the nondairy milk, 1 Tbsp. orange juice, 1 Tbsp. zest, granulated sugar, and olive oil.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt).
    • Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold gently, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix!
    • Scoop the batter into a greased donut mold, filling about 3/4 of the way full.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on the edges.
    • For the glaze, combine the remaining 2 Tbsp. orange juice with 1 cup sifted powdered sugar. Mix well until completely smooth, then drizzle over the cooled donuts. You can also dip the donuts in the glaze, but be careful because the glaze sets very quickly so it could rip the donuts!
    • Garnish with a small pinch of orange zest.
    Blood Orange Olive Oil Donuts (Vegan)

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