Made by Laurine in episode 1 of Top Chef: Season 6, this recipe came about during an elimination challenge that forced chefs to create a dish based on a personal vice.
How to Cook Like a Top Chef/Chronicle Books, 2010.
|1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour||1/3 cup water (for chocolate sauce|
|1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder||4 ounces 58 percent-cacao bittersweet chocolate, chopped (for chocolate sauce)|
|1/4 teaspoon baking soda||1 tablespoon corn syrup (for chocolate sauce)|
|1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon||1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar (for doughnut coating)|
|1/4 teaspoon salt||1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (for doughnut coating)|
|1 egg||1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (for doughnut coating)|
|1/2 cup buttermilk||1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (for doughnut coating)|
|2 tablespoons bacon fat or melted butter||Pinch salt (for doughnut coating)|
|3 strips applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and chopped (fat reserved for batter)||Canola oil, for frying|
For the Doughnuts: Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, and fat (bacon or butter). Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir in the toasted bacon until well incorporated. Allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes.
For the Chocolate Sauce: In a saucepan, bring the water to boil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped chocolate and corn syrup and whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside.
For the Doughnut Coating: Sift the superfine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, and salt together into a medium bowl and set aside.
To Fry: Pour 3 to 4 inches of oil into a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven and heat to 340°F on a deep-frying or candy thermometer. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Working in batches, drop heaping tablespoons of the doughnut batter into the hot oil and fry, turning once, until golden on all sides, 2 minutes. Remove the doughnuts with a slotted spoon and drain on the paper towels. Toss the doughnuts in the doughnut-coating mixture and set aside.
To Serve: Place the doughnuts on a plate and serve the chocolate sauce on the side. Garnish with an additional slice of bacon if desired.
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