Schools out, the holiday season is over, summer is breaking over the horizon with temperatures peeking into the 80’s and I thought for sure that would mean that I would have some long and lazy days. Wrong. But it’s all in a good way. There are some things keeping me very busy over here in the Pass the Sushi kitchen/office and I can’t wait to share them with you. However, they are preventing me from being an active member of the food blogging community. My comment time has dwindled to barely nothing, and even as I type this for tomorrow the clock is approaching midnight faster than I anticipated.

As for this weekend, there was work to be done. That didn’t mean we didn’t get a little time in on the mountain bikes, and did I mention, I’m watching 130lbs of chew through my computer mouse, romp in our pond and look oh-so-adorable-doing-it of puppy? (She also ate a toy Santa my cat has been dragging around for years. I felt horrible at the site of a mangled chewed Santa and couldn’t stop laughing all at the same time).



Chocolate Banana Doughnuts

from Better Homes and Gardens April 2011


  • 5 1/4 – 6 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 teas salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 medium bananas, ripe and mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbs butter


In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt; set aside.

In a saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium low heat until butter is just melted (125 degrees F). Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk. Add bananas, eggs and egg yolks. Beat on medium speed for two minutes. 1/4 cup at a time, add the remaining flour and continue to knead 5 – 8 minutes. Dough will be sticky to the touch. Transfer to a large greased bowl; turn surface to coat. Cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

On a clean floured work surface roll out the dough to 3/8 inch thick. Cut dough with 2 1/2 inch doughnut cutter. Line doughnuts on baking sheet, cover and rise for an additional 30 minutes or until doubled.

Meanwhile, heat a large stock pot with 2 inches of vegetable oil over medium to medium-high heat (365 degrees F). Using caution, fry a few doughnuts at a time 2 minutes per side, turning once. Remove one at a time with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towel lined wire rack.

Dip in glaze and serve.



Dying to know what has me so busy lately? No, I am not the next Food Network Star, nor am I getting married. Nothing that fun and exciting I promise. But I also promise to let you in on it all soon. 😉



  1. Even though I know they’re not as healthy, can I please tell you how happy I am to see a doughnut that’s made the real way instead of just being cupcake in doughnut form? Bless you for deep frying! Why have a doughnut if you’re going to bake it? Just make cupcakes and keep things simple.

    These look fantastic (well, the ones without the chocolate). 🙂

    I can’t wait to hear the news. Don’t keep us waiting too long, ok?

  2. OMG What I wouldn’t give to be off this diet and able to eat one of these donuts right now. Banana and chocolate are my favorite. I bet these are SOOOOO good. Buzzed!

  3. National Donut Day is fast approaching I’ve GOT to try these!

  4. Oh, these look yummy! Nice and crispy and I’m loving the chocolate glaze.

  5. Mmm good ol’ fried doughnuts! My commenting time has been severely hindered lately as well. And with going out of the country soon it’s going to be non-existent for awhile!

  6. I have to get over my aversion to frying foods, these look so yummy 🙂 I even have a big jug of oil just waiting to be put in the pan!

  7. These doughnuts sound amazing! I wish I could try one right now, they are giving me an intense craving for bananas, chocolate and fluffy doughnut!

  8. Awesome donut combo! And I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am that these are fried. I’m all for healthy treats that are baked and all but sometimes, you just have to fry them, even if it clogs your arteries 🙂

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