Red Velvet Donuts

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted with 2 ounces chocolate
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk*
a few drops of red food coloring, until desired color

*If you don’t have buttermilk you can substitute it by squeezing the juice of a quarter of a lemon into a measuring cup. Add enough whole milk to make 1/2 cup and let it sit out for 5-10 minutes, or until the milk thickens a bit and begins to curdle.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree. Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in 30 second intervals until completely melted. Mix to combine.

3. In the bowl of a large stand mixture, combine the sugar and egg until light and creamy. Add the butter and chocolate mixture, vanilla, buttermilk and red food coloring. Mix until all the ingredients until they are combined. Gradually add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, blending entirely after each addition. The dough will be thick and look more like a cookie dough than cake batter.

4. Pipe dough into 2 donut pans (makes 12)/

5. Bake for about 12 minutes or until they are done. Allow them to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then remove them.

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