2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
6 to 8 cups vegetable oil for frying
Mocha glaze, (optional) recipe follows
1. In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl,
whisk eggs, sugar, buttermilk, and melted butter to blend. Stir into dry
ingredients until well blended. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 3
2. Scrape dough onto a generously floured surface. With floured hands, pat
dough out to about 1/2 inch thick. With a 3-inch doughnut cutter, cut out
doughnuts. Pat together scraps of dough and cut again. (Alternately, shape
dough into ropes about 5 inches long and 1/2 inch thick; join rope ends to
form doughnuts.) Place doughnuts on a well-floured baking sheet.
3. Meanwhile, fill an electric deep-fryer to the fill line or pour about 4
inches of oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan; heat to 375°F (190 C) (see Fry
Right). Place one doughnut at a time onto a wide spatula and gently slide
into oil, frying up to three at a time. Cook, turning once, until puffy and
cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes total (to check timing, cut first one to
test). With a slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to paper towels to drain.
Repeat to fry remaining doughnuts.
4. When cool enough to handle, dip the top half of each doughnut in warm
mocha glaze and place on a plate. Dip in sprinkles, optional. Let stand until glaze is set, about 5
Makes about 16 (3-inch) doughnuts.
In a heatproof bowl, combine 6 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate, 1/2 cup
whipping cream, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 teaspoons corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon
instant espresso powder. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pan;
remove from heat. Place bowl over water and let stand, stirring occasionally,
until smooth, about 10 minutes.