Rocky Road Doughnuts

May 8, 2012

Rocky Road has to be one of my ULTIMATE combinations.

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I could eat rocky road ice cream all day. No joke. The only thing that keeps me from doing it is that in the back of my mind I’m afraid I might turn in to a big marshmallow. (figuratively and literally).

And that would just be bad.

It’s kind of like that scary l.i.e my grandma used to tell me about the nasty faces I made as a kid. Never thought I’d be calling my grandmother a liar. But I am. And I did.

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The other thing that keeps me from eating Rocky Road fro e-v-e-r-y meal is the fact that the Hubby hates Rocky Road. If that would have been on his eHarmony profile I’m not too sure I’d be wearing his last name right now.

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He says he hates Rocky Road because of the marshmallows. Crazy talk right! I almost had a melt down when he told me that while in the ice cream aisle of the grocery store. What is life without marshmallows!

He’s the same with s’mores, marshmallow pops, Phish food. Won’t touch them with a ten foot pole.

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Since I can’t really have Rocky Road, my cravings for it are sky HIGH. and are totally driving me to my crazy point.

So I had to take measures in to my own hands. And that means sharing my goodies with my co-workers instead of my hubby. They’re much more appreciative of marshmallows.

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And I couldn’t just bring a container of ice cream to work in the morning. That would be weird. And only a crazy person would do that (have I mentioned before that I’ve just eaten ice cream for b-fast, straight up. I however am not crazy). The only thing that seems fitting for a morning gathering at the office is doughnuts.

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And since we all survived the worst (!!!) workday i.e. Monday, I decided to treat every one to chocolate.

Chocolate with marshmallow frosting. Chocolate with marshmallow frosting and an almond coating.

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Could life get any better?

I think NOT.

Take that hubby! You don’t know what you’re missing.

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Rocky Road Doughnuts
makes 12 incredible doughnuts

For the Doughnuts:

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon espresso powder

1 egg

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Marshmallow Frosting:

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup marshmallow crème

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

For the Topping:

1 1/2 cups almond meal

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray doughnuts pans with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, dark cocoa, baking powder, sugar, and espresso powder. Add in the egg, buttermilk, applesauce, and vanilla whisking until batter is smooth. Spoon batter into doughnut pans filling 3/4 of the way full. Bake doughnuts for 10-12 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes then turn out on to cooling rack to cool completely.

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter, marshmallow crème, and vanilla for a few minutes until blended and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time. Then add in the tablespoon of milk beating for just a minute to thin out the icing (add more milk if icing is too thick).

Place ground almonds on a small plate or bowl. Dunk the tops of the doughnuts in the almonds.

Pour a cup of coffee and get your doughnut on.

Frosting adapted from Kraft

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