Savory Spice Franklin:ROTW Donuts with Chocolate Sauce

With Valentine’s Day falling on the weekend, you could  treat your sweetheart with these delicious donuts with chocolate sauce.  What’s not to love? Chocolate and donuts  make a perfect combination.  And check out the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on the donuts.  To learn more about the Savory Spice Shop Franklin, visit their Facebook page.

For donuts:
1/2 cup water
1/4 Tbsp. Tahitian vanilla extract
4 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
zest of half an orange
1 cup flour
4 x eggs
For cinnamon sugar:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground Chinese cinnamon
For chocolate sauce:

For chocolate sauce:
1 cup milk
zest of half an orange
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup Mexican Cocoa
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 Tbsp. bitter sweet chocolate chips

vegetable oil for frying


For donuts, place the water, vanilla, butter, sugar, salt, and the orange zest into a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until the flour is incorporated and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 8 minutes. Place the flour mixture into a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer for 2 minutes. Slowly add the eggs one at a time. The mixture will break apart as you add each egg but will become smooth again once the egg is incorporated. Make sure each egg has been incorporated into the batter before adding the next. Oil a 1-ounce ice cream scoop and scoop batter into the hot oil. Fry the dough balls until they are a deep golden brown on all sides. Remove one and test to make sure that the center is cooked and then remove the rest. Fry in batches, about 8 minutes per batch. Combine the cinnamon sugar ingredients and drop the dough into the sugar mixture once they are fried. Set aside.

For chocolate sauce, bring the milk, orange zest and sugar to a simmer and then turn to low. Remove the orange zest and whisk in the cocoa powder, light corn syrup, and the chocolate chips. Stir until the mixture is smooth.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve the chocolate sauce along side of the donuts for dipping.

Yields: 20 servings
Thanks to: Janet C. Johnston, Savory Spice Shop founder