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Chocolate Doughnuts with Ganache and Pistachios

November 12, 2012

As someone who has always claimed to be “just not that into doughnuts,” I’ve got some explaining to do…

Doughnuts have never been a weakness of mine– except for those delicious chocolate doughnuts from Entenmann’s that are sprinkled with the little balls of chocolate crumbs and for some silly silly reason only come in pairs of 2 in packs of 12. And let’s be honest, I want 12 of them…

But besides that… nada– for twenty-something years! And now, suddenly, when I own something as dangerous as a doughnut pan the obsession begins… I wish my obsession ended with baked doughnuts but no. Oh, no… I actually go to the doughnut shop for my deep-fried goodness fix on top of baking them on the regular.

The other day I actually arrived at the doughnut shop BEFORE the guy even opened up! It wasn’t five minutes past 5AM before I was knocking on his door and asking for half a dozen doughnuts… OKAY, so in reality I was trying to pick up doughnuts for my dad’s birthday before my 7AM flight but still. It. Is. Just. Plain. SAD.

Anyway, I’ve had some great experiences with my seasonal baked doughnuts, including, Apple Cider Doughnuts and Pumpkin Doughnuts, but since we’re at this odd time of year where I get anxiety about what holiday to bake for I decided to bake a holiday-neutral flavor. Chocolate Doughnuts with Ganache and Pistachios.

In my opinion, these are kind of festive because they contain pistachios… And as I said before, this is my opinion, but pistachios are festive because they are green… and they remind me of Christmas. But not in the way that gives me anxiety about baking holiday goodies too early.

Whether you agree or not, these doughnuts are sure to satisfy your chocolate fix. The doughnuts have a rich cocoa flavor but aren’t too sweet, a smooth, milky chocolate ganache, and a salty garnish!

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts with Milk Chocolate Ganache and Pistachios from Vanilla Sugar Blog:


1 ½ cups cake flour

½ cup dutch process cocoa

¾ cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

¾ cup buttermilk, room temperature

2 eggs

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla


1 cup high quality milk chocolate chips

2-3 tablespoons heavy cream


½ – ¾ cup roasted and salted pistachios, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Spray donut pan lightly with non-stick spray.
  2. To make doughnuts, in a small bowl beat the eggs and vanilla. In a large bowl mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Then add in the buttermilk, stir a bit, then add in the melted butter, and finally add egg mixture. Mix till just combined; no need to overmix. Fill each donut mold about 2/3 fill and bake for about 7–10 minutes. Remove from pan and place on cooling rack. While doughnuts are cooling, prepare ganache.
  3. To make ganache, place chocolate morsels in a large non-reactive bowl. In a medium saucepan, heat cream until bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Let chocolate and cream mixture sit for 3 minutes. With a wooden spoon, begin stirring small circles in the middle of the bowl. As the smooth mixture begins to form in the middle, slowly expand the size of the circle until the cream and chocolate is fully incorporated. Let ganache cool for 5 minutes.
  4. To assemble, dip doughnuts in ganache and top with chopped pistachios. Let chocolate set before serving.

Recipe makes 12-15 doughnuts.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    November 12, 2012 1:21 pm

    I want to try these! I love the look of them.

    • November 13, 2012 8:58 pm

      Baked doughnuts are so easy to make! It’s easier than cupcakes– no paper liners necessary just some Pam!

  2. Courtney permalink
    November 13, 2012 8:01 pm

    You’re not as bad as this: the first person in line when a brand new Krispy Kreme opens gets one dozen donuts per week for a year and the next 99 people in line get a dozen donuts a month for a year … This morning (Tuesday) a new Krispy Kreme opened at 6:00 am and people had started lining up at 4:00 pm on Sunday!

    • November 13, 2012 8:57 pm

      Oh, my goodness… That is ACTUALLY insane. Do these people not go to work?! However, I could see myself doing that for some ice cream…

  3. Rachel permalink
    November 15, 2012 5:36 pm

    Bring you doughnut pan home for Christmas!

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