Lemons to lemonade… or doughnuts to biscotti

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
Charles M. Schulz



I have had the biggest craving for a chocolate doughnut lately… and I’m not one to go out and buy a dozen doughnuts just to satisfy a craving.  Hence, my lemons to lemonade post today!  Last week, I ventured to my kitchen to try my hand at pumpkin doughnuts (see earlier post).  The original was from epicurious.com, but I knew I wanted to make some alterations in the recipe… it only took two trials to get it right; and with a maple and coconut glaze, they were yummy and just sweet enough. (The birds had a feast with the first small trial batch, as I quickly flicked them into the yard as though I was playing frisbee ~ really, I was just trying to get rid of the evidence!).

This time however, I wasn’t smart enough to make a small batch for my first trial ~ yes, I think my kitchen ego got the best of me.  After the first dozen monster-doughnuts and two dozen ghoulish-doughnut holes(eek!), I glanced in my bowl and realized with horror that I still had over half of the dough!@#ee!  Toren tasted one before heading out to play soccer… I must say he was rather gentle with my feelings, as he said, “yeah, they taste like a fried brownie”.  Not what I was going for when I thought of chocolate doughnuts!  What to do, what to do?  It was almost the right consistency for biscotti, so I made some minor adjustments (adding slivered almonds and some chopped Perugina chocolate) patted out two long logs of dough onto my sheets, did some baking, some cutting, then some more baking, melted some of the aforementioned Perugina chocolate to drizzle over top; lo and behold, I made biscotti from doughnuts ~ not all was lost after all!

I will post the recipe if and when I get the doughnuts right… in the meantime, if you have a great recipe for chocolate doughnuts (or anything else!) I am an equal opportunity cooker girl!  I play nicely with others, share, and love it when others do too! ~ peace and chocolate, Val

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