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christmas not-so-pudding doughnuts.

Don't like Christmas pudding all that much? Me neither. If you're more of a chocoholic when it comes to the festive season (or any time of the year...) then these may answer your Christmas wishes all at once. These baked, chocolatey doughnuts are made from a simple cocoa infused sponge and finished with icing and marzipan. All the chocolate. All the festive. Less of the dried fruit.

Shopping list.
♥ 125g unsalted butter
♥ 125g caster sugar
♥ Two large free range eggs
♥ 50g cocoa powder
♥ 75g self-raising flour
♥ Icing sugar, marzipan/fondant and colouring to decorate. Cornflour to prevent sticking.

Step one. Make ahead your holly and berries with your marzipan. This is optional but I did it the night before to save time and keep the doughnuts fresh. You simple roll out on a cornflour dusted surface and cut your shapes.

Tip: If you don't have cornflour it can work to roll out between baking parchment or cling film, thought you may get a wrinkled imprint.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.

Step two. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Slow crack in the eggs, folding together.

Step three. Sieve in the flour and cocoa powder to the mix. Stir together.

Step four. Pour your mix into a greased, or non stick, doughnut pan. Be careful not to overfill as they will rise. Bake for 25-20 minutes until risen and cooked through.

Allow to cool before icing with a thick icing sugar mixture. Top with your holly and voila!

Have you made Christmas inspired doughnuts before? Or have an alternative to Christmas pudding?

If you liked these you may also like my Bakewell tart inspired mince pies or Christmas pudding brownies (also not actually Christmas pud).


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