But out of all of the awesome citrus available right now, I was perhaps most excited to find blood oranges at TJ’s this past week. I don’t personally find them to be any more delicious than regular old oranges, but their color…this alone is reason enough for me to make a special trip to the grocery store.
I was so happy with how my lightened-up, chocolate-glazed orange donuts turned out the other week (subbing in applesauce for half of the oil), that I had to make them again – this time using blood oranges. And while I don’t really buy into all of the hype that comes with Valentine’s Day, I have to admit that I was excited to make a pink powdered-sugar glaze with a little of the blood orange juice. I had hoped that the donuts might also come out a lovely, light shade of pink, but no such luck. I think a little food coloring (or perhaps beet juice?) would be necessary.
So, while Aaron and I will be spending our Valentine’s Day with Olive at puppy training, I recommend that you consider baking up a batch of blood orange donuts with a citrusy chocolate glaze. Don’t worry if you don’t have a donut pan – these make excellent
cupcakes muffins, too.
I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves…
And my favorite part of the process…
It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
- For the Donuts:
- 1 C. All Purpose Flour
- 1 C. Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 Tbs. Baking Powder
- 1 Tbs. Blood Orange Zest
- ¼ Tsp. Salt
- ¾ C. Freshly-Squeezed Blood Orange Juice
- ½ C. Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil, melted (or other vegan buttery spread)
- 2 Tbs. Unsweetened Applesauce
- ½ Tsp. Pure Vanilla
- For the Chocolate Glaze:
- ½ C. Vegan Chocolate Chips (I used TJ's brand)
- 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil
- For the Blood Orange Glaze:
- ½ C. Powdered Sugar
- 2-3 Tsp. Blood Orange Juice
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease a donut pan.
- In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, and salt.
- In a small bowl, combine blood orange zest, blood orange juice, granulated sugar, melted coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
- Add wet to dry and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
- Spoon or pipe batter into greased donut pan.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until donuts are golden brown and firm to the touch.
- Allow donuts to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.
- While donuts are cooling, prepare the chocolate glaze by melting the chocolate chips and coconut oil, and the blood orange glaze by combining the blood orange juice and powdered sugar until no lumps remain (add the blood orange juice 1 Tsp. at a time until you reach the desired consistency).
- Dip each donut into the chocolate and allow the chocolate to set for 1-2 minutes. You can put them in the freezer for a minute to expedite the process.
- Drizzle the blood orange glaze over the tops of the donuts.
Have you jumped on the blood orange bandwagon yet? Doing anything special for Valentine’s Day, or are you not really into it?
Aaron and I used to make a big deal out of going out to eat, but the hassle of getting a restaurant reservation weeks in advance, dealing with the crowds, and the prix fixe menus kind of took away from the fun of it all. This year, I’m actually looking forward to spending my evening with Aaron and Olive at puppy training. A dog that doesn’t pee in the house and knows how to hold “sit” is a pretty sweet gift if you ask me.