Dive Into Some Dirty Chocolate Donuts!


Dirty Chocolate Donuts

Sometimes words have two meanings. Like the phrase when someone does the dirty on you. This can be when they shaft you in a deal or cheat on you or when they talk about you behind your back. I've certainly learned about the latter the hard way with former friends. A couple of years ago someone I considered a good friend (and who featured prominently on the blog) accidentally forwarded me an email in which she had said something very negative about me professionally to another person. As I was reading it the blood drained from my face and arms and I felt as though my blood was ice water. When I am upset I literally turn into the ice queen.

Her only response was to get defensive and accuse me of using her to gain things. That I was only her friend because she had a job that had benefits. I was aghast. I considered her a close friend and had made her wedding cake and she was in my inner circle of friends. Her benefits amounted to a couple of things a year. Hardly worth faking a friendship for. After a month she apologised to me and explained that she was going through a bad time and after a long discussion we hugged. But my blood was still ice and I knew that the hug was a farewell one, not that of reconciliation.

Dirty Chocolate Donuts

Dirty can also mean good. Think dirty rice or dirty chocolate. Dirty chocolate? Well this was something that I picked up when I was in Ottawa and visited a place called Suzy Q Doughnuts. They had dirty chocolate donuts and I wanted nothing more but to recreate them at home. My "dirt" however would be Milo.

My favourite ever way to eat Milo is by the spoonful. Milk? That's for amateurs ;) I like it dirty as dirty can be. These donuts are a super light donut dipped in a couverture milk and dark chocolate blend with coconut oil before being face planted in Milo. Actually that sounds like a fun punishment to face plant in Milo. I'm going to contemplate that a bit more...

So tell me Dear Reader, has anyone ever done the dirty on you? Have you ever caught a friend being not so nice? And do you yell or turn into the ice queen?

P.S. I later found out that my former friend had "done the dirty" to quite a few of her friends. She was moving to the country and I guess this was her way of giving everyone a memorable goodbye!

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"Dirty" Chocolate Donuts

An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott/Not Quite Nigella

  • 3 teaspoons instant dried yeast
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour (plus a little extra for rolling)
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • oil for deep frying
  • 200g/7ozs. chocolate (milk or dark, I used a 50/50 mix of both)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup Milo

Dirty Chocolate Donuts

Step 1 - In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook add the yeast, water, sugar and flour. Start kneading until it forms a dough and becomes elastic. Add a little bit more water if it needs it.

Dirty Chocolate Donuts

Step 2 - Flour a clean surface and roll out the dough to about half an inch thick. Cut out circles with a 2 inch or 5cm round cutter and then using a small circle cutter (I actually use an apple corer) cut out the centre. Place in a warm, draught free area (I usually put it in an oven that I've set to 35C and then switched off) for 30-40 minutes. Allow to rise to about double the height.

Dirty Chocolate Donuts

Step 3 - Place oil in a deep fryer or in a heavy based pot and heat it to 180C/350F. Place the donuts in the oil and fry for 1 minute on each side. Drain on a double layer of absorbent paper.

Step 4 - Empty the Milo into a shallow dish with sides. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil and dip the donuts in the chocolate and then dip into the Milo.