This past summer, we took a long weekend vacation to the beach on the west coast of the state. I specify this, because the beaches on the gulf side are much different than the beaches on the ocean side. We’re lucky enough to be fairly close to both kinds. I especially loved the gentle waves, crystal green water, digging up coquinas, and the daily spectacular sunsets.
I mean seriously, how can you not love that sight??? Everyone would just stop what they were doing for the half hour it took for the sun to slowly sink below the sea. What a fantastic way to end each day.
While on vacation, we visited the most amazing donut shop. They made only cake donuts, and customized them while you waited. One bite of my chocolate and peanut butter donut and I was smitten. I ended up eating the other two all by myself, and it was bliss every bite. I’ve been wanting to recreate the chocolate-peanut butter heaven ever since.
I wanted to make this recipe fairly easy, so I used canned biscuits for the donuts. This was the first time I tried them like that, and they were so good! I gobbled up all the donut holes before the last biscuit was done frying. The glaze is very easy to make. It took a few swirls of the donut to completely cover it with chocolate, but that just meant more glaze on each one! I dare you to save some for later – it was reeeeally hard for me to not eat them all!
original recipe, glaze adapted from Good Eats
Note: donuts taste best warm. If you have leftovers (ha!), store them in the fridge, and then nuke for a few seconds in the microwave before eating.
- For the donuts: Separate biscuits onto a baking sheet. Dip a small circular cutter in flour, then cut a hole in the center of each biscuit.
- Pour oil in a medium sized pot to a depth of 2 inches. Heat over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature. Fry biscuits a few at a time, cooking until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Remove donuts to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining biscuits.
- For the glaze: Combine butter, milk, and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat until butter has melted. Turn heat down to low and add the chocolate chips. Whisk until the chocolate melts.
- Remove from heat. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Dip the surface of the donuts in the glaze, making sure that all the top gets coated.
- Place peanut butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds in the microwave. Stir. Repeat until the peanut butter is just melted, about 1-2 times more. Place melted peanut butter in a pastry bag (or a small sandwich bag) and snip the tip. Drizzle peanut butter over the chocolate glaze on the donuts.