Gluten-Free Cake Donuts Recipe

Old fashioned donuts. Gluten-free. And vegan. (You'd never know it!) The texture is tender. The fresh baked flavor is just right. Not too sweet, with a kiss of nutmeg. Add a dusting of cinnamon or powdered sugar. Or dunk 'em plain. Any way you enjoy donuts best, these little gems rock.

Gluten-Free Cake Donuts Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup millet flour or certified gluten-free oat flour
1/2 cup potato starch (not potato flour)
2 tablespoons hazelnut flour or almond flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon gelatin (or 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 cup Spectrum Organic Shortening
1/2 cup vegan sour cream (or plain vegan yogurt)
1/4 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk (or plain rice or nut milk)
Ener-G Egg Replacer for two eggs mixed with a scant 1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

3. Add the shortening first, by spoonfuls, and use the mixer's whisk attachment (or if by hand, a pastry cutter) to help it distribute the shortening until the flour mix becomes sand textured.

4. Add in the vegan sour cream, coconut milk, egg replacer and vanilla extract, and mix until the dough forms a smooth and pliable dough. It should be slightly sticky- but not too sticky to handle. (If the dough is too wet and cannot easily form a ball when you roll it in your palms, add a bit more flour.)

5. Divide the dough into 12 sections and roll each piece in your palms to form a ball roughly the size of a golf ball Your hands should be slightly oily from the shortening- this is good.

6. Using your palms, gently roll the dough into a log shape and carefully- gently- continue to roll it into a cigar shape about 4 to 5 inches long. Drape the dough into the well of a donut pan, and slightly overlap the two ends to make a circle. Don't get fussy yet. Just lay it in there.

7. Continue as above with the remaining dough balls.

8. Using oily or slightly wet fingers, smooth out the dough evenly. Don't smoosh it down into the well- simply finesse it a bit so that it comes together evenly as a ring.

9. Bake in the center of a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes, until firm to the touch. Mine baked at exactly 15 minutes. Don't over bake these little babies- remember, the center of the mold is hot too, so the donut rings are baking from both sides.

10. Remove the pan and set it on a wire rack to cool a bit. As soon as it's cool enough to handle, remove the donuts from the pan and place them bottom side up on a wire rack (if they stay in the hot pan too long, gluten-free goodies get soggy bottoms).

11. When cooled a wee bit, sift confectioner's sugar or a mix of confectioner's sugar and ground cinnamon all over the donuts.

12. Scarf down immediately. Life is short. Best eaten the day you bake 'em.

Additional Info:

I used my 12-count mini donut pan to bake these little beauties, so this recipe will make a dozen small donuts. They bake in only 15 minutes. If you have a pan for 6 larger donuts, the recipe may take slightly longer to bake. Check your manufacturer's instructions for guidelines in baking a bigger donut.

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