Baked black sesame mochi donuts

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Totoro week continues with these đen sesame Totoros! Be sure to check out Lyndsay’s Totoro cake tutorial & my Totoro táo khuyết pie pancakes!


Do you guys ever picture something coming out perfectly? Maybe this is a weird quirk of mine, but sometimes I’ll day dream about dishes. I’ll obsess over the ingredients, the way the finished hàng hóa is going to lớn look and how it’s going lớn taste. Usually, when I bởi vì this, it ends in disaster. Once, I invited my in-laws over for pizza. This was when I just started cooking và I wasn’t really too confident in the kitchen. I thought about the toppings, the dough, the logistics of baking off pizzas while they were over, how I set the table, everything.

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Of course, on the day that we were supposed to lớn have pizza, the oven wasn’t working properly. We went out for dinner. It was fine, but it wasn’t homemade pizza. Anyway, something similar happened with these doughnuts. I thought about them and thought about them for so long that when I finally made them, they didn’t look as Totoro as I wanted. I really, really wanted lớn use glaze-dipped almonds for ears, but the crumb was so tender (usually a good thing) that the almonds wouldn’t hold. I went through 3 doughnuts before I gave up. The only good thing about the broken doughnuts was the fact that I got to stress eat them.


I don’t even know why I cared so much about the almond ears. These Totoro doughnuts weren’t for a buổi tiệc ngọt or even someone else – they were just for me. Happily though, I think they kind of came out looking like earless Totoros. They aren’t as über-Totoro as I pictured them, but they were delicious, mainly because I used my favourite Asian dessert ingredient, black sesame, khổng lồ flavour these guys. If you haven’t had đen sesame seeds, they’re similar to lớn regular white sesame, but with a slight taste difference. They’re a bit more nutty, roast-y, & smoky. If you like peanut-y or nutty desserts, you’ll like black sesame!


Baked đen Sesame Donuts Recipemakes 10 donuts

Donuts1/4 cup toasted black sesame seeds1 cup flour3/4 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup sugar2 tablespoons melted butter1 large egg1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilkGlaze1 1/4 cups powdered sugar3-4 tablespoons milk1 teaspoon vanilla extractblack food coloring

Place a rack in the upper third of your oven & preheat it to lớn 350°F. Lightly grease or spray a non-stick 6 count doughnut pan.

With a mortar and pestle, grind the sesame seeds until slightly crushed. Whisk together the sesame seeds, flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt in a large bowl.

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In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, melted butter, egg, and buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry và stir until just combined. The batter will be quite thick. Spoon into a ziplock bag, cut off the corner và pipe into the donut wells. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until slightly brown và an inserted toothpick comes out dry. Let cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Make the glaze: set together all of the ingredients until smooth. If needed, adjust viscosity: showroom more powdered sugar (by the teaspoon) to make the glaze thicker and more milk (by the teaspoon) khổng lồ make it thinner.

Spoon out two small bowls of glaze và set them aside. Tint one bowl black & leave the other white. You’ll use these for Totoro’s eyeballs, nose & whiskers.

Tint the remaining glaze grey. Dip the doughnuts to lớn glaze and set glaze side up on a tray. Use a piping bag or ziplock back with the tip cut of & pipe on white eyeballs as well as toàn thân whiskers. Use the black glaze to lớn put in the pupils, nose và face whiskers. Enjoy!