Thursday, May 8, 2014

Brilliant Brunch: Baked Coconut Doughnuts

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It's hard to believe that it's May.  It's been a wild year so far, although my sister points out that every year we get older, our years go faster and faster and it's hard to keep up!  She's totally right.  Which brings us to the fact that Mother's Day is...well, Sunday!  Last year, John and I started this cool tradition of finding things in our travels for the people we love and holding them until special events (birthdays, holidays, etc.).I'm glad we decided to continue this tradition this year as well.  It means that Mom's present has been sitting in the back of the closet for the better part of two months.  But we have one, which is all that counts right?!

As a little insurance policy though, I like to bring over something to the house that I know Mom will love.  Her favorite?  My roasted tomato and basil soup!  This year, though, we're going for something a little bit different - like these doughnuts. Absolutely coconuty, topped with a vanilla frosting and freshly toasted coconut, they are totally refreshing, perfect for spring, and perfect for any Mom!  Plus, you can make them up ahead of time - so bring Mom breakfast in bed and relax...these doughnuts will do most of the hard work for you!

Cocozia - the coconut water I used in this recipe was absolutely refreshing - in fact, John could NOT get enough of it, so much so that I had to pry his hands off this one!  We were given the Cocozia by the company, but we have bought it again since then.  So, I think we can agree that any opinions on this are wholly my own!  
Baked Coconut Doughnuts (adapted from Oh Sweet Day)
Serves:  12 (12 doughnuts)
Coconut Doughnuts:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup Cocozia Coconut Water (or coconut milk)
1 egg
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or coconut extract, if available)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Vanilla Frosting:
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Cocozia coconut water (or coconut milk)

Toasted Coconut Topping:
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Coconut Doughnuts:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease 2 doughnut pans with cooking spray and set aside.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.  Add coconut water, egg, canola oil, vanilla extract, and white vinegar.  Mix until just combined.  Then, stir in shredded coconut.  Pour into the doughnut pans, filling each about 2/3 the way full.  Bake 8-12 minutes, until fully cooked through and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Frosting:  In a small bowl, beat butter, sugar, and coconut water until fully mixed and fluffy (3-5 minutes).  Frost the coconut doughnuts when they are fully cooled.

Toasted Coconut Topping:  In a large saute pan, place the shredded coconut in a single layer.  Cook over low heat, stirring often, for 15-25 minutes until the coconut is toasted to your desired color.  Be careful not to turn up the flame as the coconut will burn quickly.  Top the doughnuts with toasted coconut prior to serving.

Until the next time my oven is on...


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