Olive Oil Doughnuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze & Sea Salt

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olive oil doughnuts with chocolate glaze

I’ll admit, I rarely have a set plan for what ends up getting shared on the blog
every week.   I certainly don’t have an arsenal of pre-planned posts or recipes
that I’ve made weeks prior.

Although sometimes that sounds kind of nice, huh?

doughnut ingredients

Sometimes an idea just comes to me and it is made almost right away.  And other times it is more of a thought out and organized brain-storming process.

Most of the time, I start off with a basic food group (which I am usually craving or wanting to at least try out) and things take off from there.

chocolate ganache

The way these donuts came about was a little bit different.  About a week ago, I was rifling
through a recent issue of Food + Wine magazine, looking for some inspiration, and saw a tiny little feature on the corner of a page that caught my attention.  It was describing a chef’s simplest and favorite dessert–toast topped with melted chocolate, a drizzle of olive oil, and sea salt.

Clearly the idea stuck.

stacked donuts

Right then and there, I decided that I needed to make a dessert that incorporated all of those ingredients.  Clearly there are a lot of directions you could go with that idea, but my mind immediately went to doughnuts.  What that says about me, I’m not exactly sure.

Being able to sprinkle crunchy, flaky sea salt on top was the icing on the proverbial cake!

glazing donuts

Despite other’s promises, baked doughnuts really taste nothing like traditional fried ones (sorry!).  That being said, these baked doughnuts are still quite decadent.  Using pastry flour, as opposed to all-purpose, makes these doughnuts a lot more tender and I wouldn’t recommend substituting one for the other.  The dark chocolate ganache is for serious dark chocolate lovers–if you prefer a more milky, sweet chocolate, you can definitely substitute that if you prefer.  And don’t forget the salt!


Olive Oil Doughnuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze & Sea Salt

Yield: 6 Doughnuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Olive Oil Doughnuts:

    • 1 cup unbleached pastry flour (113 grams)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 whole large eggs
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (better quality oils will yield a more pronounced flavor)
    • 2 tablespoons whole milk + 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or 2 tablespoons buttermilk, if you have it on hand)

Dark Chocolate Glaze: (Makes enough to glaze 12 doughnuts)

  • 2.5 ounces semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped (I used 72% cocoa–but choose your own preference!)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • sea salt (topping) – Maldon, Fleur de Sel, or any finishing coarse/flaky
  • sea salt will work well for this


    1. Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit degrees. Grease doughnut pan with olive oil (even if your pan is non-stick)
    2. Combine milk and lemon juice and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
    3. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
    4. In separate bowl, combine olive oil, eggs, and milk (and lemon juice) mixture. Whisk together until uniform.
    5. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredient mixture and add the wet, folding with a spatula until just incorporated.
    6. Using a piping bag (this makes it much easier) or spoon, carefully distribute batter into your doughnut pan.
    7. Bake donuts at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until they lightly spring back when pressed.
    8. Remove from pan immediately and allow to cool down completely on a rack.

Dark Chocolate Glaze:

  1. Place finely chopped chocolate in small heat-proof bowl.
  2. Scald cream (heat until just below boiling point)—I prefer to do this in the microwave in 10 second increments.
  3. Pour cream over chocolate and allow to sit for a minute and a half. Using small whisk, very slowly begin to incorporate cream into chocolate—starting in center of the bowl—until mixture comes together and is very shiny and smooth.
  4. Dip tops of doughnuts into the ganache and set aside on plate or cooling rack. Allow glaze to set for about 5-10 minutes and then sprinkle the tops generously with sea salt. Serve immediately.

Doughnut recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour's Baked Doughnuts.

donuts and milk

14 Responses to “Olive Oil Doughnuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze & Sea Salt”

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 8, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    I, I just, I want, I can’t, I can’t even DEAL. So much yumminess right here.

    • Laura replied: — March 8th, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

      Haha, thanks Stephanie! :)

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    Anne @The Coking Campaign — March 8, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    Is there anything better than Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt! I’m always for anything that involves salty and sweet!

    • Laura replied: — March 8th, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

      I don’t think so! :) Thanks so much for visiting. Can’t wait to check out those delicious blueberry muffins I just spotted on your blog.

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    Natasha Steinberg — March 8, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    Oh my, I love the idea of that combination–olive oil and chocolate! It is now going to stick with me until I make these.

    • Laura replied: — March 8th, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

      Once I thought of the combination, it started to make a lot of sense actually. I definitely think the better quality oil you use in these, the more noticeable it will be. Otherwise, it might get lost by the chocolate and salt.

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    Pippa@sundaysupperwithpippa — March 8, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    Great looking recipe Laura!! Does this taste more like a regular cake? Since you say baked doughnuts don’t taste like the fried version…

    • Laura replied: — March 8th, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

      Yes…definitely more like cake/muffin. Thanks Pippa!

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    Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian — March 11, 2013 @ 4:39 am

    Baked, fried, I could even eat the raw doughnut batter as long as it still had that beautiful salted chocolate all over it…

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    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — November 11, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    oh my gawd! These look great! I love olive oil cake . . making these into doughnuts and adding the Dark Chocolate Glaze & Sea Salt is brilliant!! love this!

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    Tara — January 18, 2015 @ 8:16 pm

    These were amazing! So addictive. They reminded me of Pan con Chocolate- a Spanish snack of bread slices topped with dark chocolate, barely broiled, sprinkled with sea salt, and drizzled with olive oil.

    • Laura replied: — January 18th, 2015 @ 10:41 pm

      Oooh! THAT sounds amazing! So glad you liked them Tara!


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