Totoro Sesame Donut

Recipe makes 10 donuts Ingredients: 1/4 cup toasted black sesame seeds 1 cup flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 large egg 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk Glaze: 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar 3-4 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Black food colouring To make donut: Place a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat it to 350°F. Lightly grease or spray a non-stick 6 count doughnut pan. With a mortar and pestle, grind the sesame seeds until slightly crushed. Whisk together the sesame seeds, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, melted butter, egg, and buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. The batter will be quite thick. Spoon into a ziplock bag, cut off the corner and pipe into the donut wells. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until slightly brown and an inserted toothpick comes out dry. Let cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. To make glaze: Mix together all of the ingredients until smooth. If needed, adjust viscosity: add more powdered sugar (by the teaspoon) to make the glaze thicker and more milk (by the teaspoon) to make it thinner. Spoon out two small bowls of glaze and set them aside. Tint one bowl black and leave the other white. You’ll use these for Totoro’s eyeballs, nose and whiskers. Tint the remaining glaze grey. Dip the doughnuts to glaze and set glaze side up on a tray. Use a piping bag or ziplock back with the tip cut of and pipe on white eyeballs as well as body whiskers. Use the black glaze to put in the pupils, nose and face whiskers. Enjoy!

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