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German Chocolate Sauerkraut Baked Donuts

German Chocolate Sauerkraut Baked Donuts have a delicious secret ingredient that only you  will know about unless you tell. They’ll never know.
German Chocolate Sauerkraut Baked Donuts

German Chocolate Sauerkraut Baked Donuts

By Sue Lau  | Palatable Pastime

This post is sponsored on behalf of #Choctoberfest. Our generous sponsors Divine Chocolate  and Imperial Sugar  have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

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My  recipe  of the day is  for German Chocolate Sauerkraut Baked Donuts, being  posted jointly with both  Choctoberfest, and my monthly blogging group called Baking Bloggers. The topics are  Chocolate  recipes and also Baked Donuts.

German Chocolate Sauerkraut Baked Donuts

Combining these two I am  posting an unusual recipe for German  Chocolate  Sauerkraut Baked Donuts- in  homage  to the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in my part  of  the  world, which  has  been held annually  the second week  of October for decades. Attending the kraut festival or cooking sauerkraut  is a tradition for me at this time of year.

Now  I understand that most of  you like cooking kraut as well, and  usually that  is with some type of pork.

When  I  moved to  Ohio (coming up from Florida so the hubz could get his Masters Degree  completed) we started attending  the festival in  Waynesville. At the time I was a little bit shocked to see some of the creations they were  making, and trust me, they made them  all.

At first  it was a dare to sample some  of these foods,  but later we ate them out of love.  And what  kinds of foods? Here are a few   in  case you are on the hunt for some of the things they make, or my versions of it:

Sauerkraut Cabbage Rolls

Sauerkraut Cabbage Rolls

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

Sauerkraut Pizza

Sauerkraut Pizza

German Sauerkraut  Balls

German Sauerkraut Balls

Sauerkraut Pie

Sauerkraut Pie

Sauerkraut Nut Bread

Sauerkraut-Nut Bread

German Sundae

German Sundae

They also serve (famously) chocolate fudge  made with  sauerkraut (which is a  bit like coconut in there) as well as their versions of donuts which aren’t chocolate) (and theirs are fried) but you can be sure I will get to them all in good time, as well as creations like the German Chocolate donuts today.

I  will   also link up  some  other sauerkraut ideas further in the post, so keep scrolling if you are hunting for some of those (and  don’t forget to enter the giveaway  down there as well!) Because in my  not so humble opinion,   one can never  have too many sauerkraut recipes!

German  Chocolate Sauerkraut Baked Donuts

German Chocolate Sauerkraut Baked Donuts

These are not baked totally from scratch.

I understood that some  will see (Sauerkraut!?!?!?) and  have trepidations so wanted to keep things as easy as possible  to help  encourage you to try.

I know, I know.   I  was once a first-time sauerkraut dessert  person myself, so I know exactly what you are thinking. And how hard it must  be to wrap your head around the concept.

But you are going to have to just trust me on this. You  can’t taste the sauerkraut per se. It does add  a little tang to the donuts (the way using buttermilk will add tang to a baking recipe). Just try to  imagine how  flavors can  disappear in  something, the way zucchini can  inside of zucchini quick bread. The kraut does help  keep things moist  and tender, and the sensation of texture will hide itself as if you are  eating coconut, which is in the frosting anyway.

In fact,  the taste is so well hidden, that those who were not told it was in  there  had no idea.

But I wasn’t the sneaky  one (my hubby  did this to the guys at work) although  there was the  time my brother said he would NEVER eat okra willingly so  I cooked some for him  and he wolfed it down. I asked him how he liked it and he said “delicious.” Then I gave him the memo and the look on his face was priceless.  It  did prove out my  point  that if  you  don’t like something,  it probably hasn’t been cooked well.

And a couple  of things I know for certain: I know how to  cook okra properly and  I am a self-proclaimed sauerkraut queen. If you don’t think these donuts are delicious, I haven’t done my job, and so far, the votes on these  are all thumbs up.

Also for today I am baking with my monthly blogging group:

Baking Bloggers

Baked Donuts

We  took a vote and decided to bake up some donuts for you and here they are!

Baking Bloggers

Baked Donuts

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11 responses

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    • It is a thing, isn’t it? I hated sauerkraut when I was a kid- my mom would just dump the can into the pot and stir. If Bill had not wanted some after we got married I probably would never have cooked it again, but then I did, for him. And it was like someone turned a light on. I took the ball and ran. Bless my Mom, she was a good cook in her own right, but NOT cooking kraut. LOL!

  3. I’ve never heard of sauerkraut in baked goods, and I’m PA Dutch (German). I’m a little scared to try it, but if you use it in your recipes, it has to be good. I’ve never tried a Palatable Pastime recipe that wasn’t delicious!

    • You definitely won’t taste it. It is just key to rinse it well and squeeze it dry. The scariest one for me to try the first time was the chocolate fudge. Couldn’t taste it in that either- it just seemed like the texture of coconut. The only thing I’d say about the one I tried is I make better chocolate fudge than them so I guess I should just hop to it. I don’t make fudge every year and usually only at the holidays but maybe this year.

    • At one time the Ohio tourism would put out a calendar booklet of events- not sure if they still do that but it would list them all over the state in case you were on a road trip. The first one I ever got was moving up here and we stopped at a rest stop with a visitors center.

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