Friday night pancake dinners are not unusual in our house, any season. This week, I realized what was missing from our already-carb-heavy meal: Doughnuts!
In December, I found a pan for full-size cake doughnuts. But I was still recovering from open heart surgery (more on that in another post, perhaps? back to chocolate for now...), so I wasn't able to use the oven. That door is heavier than it seems when you are rebuilding all of the bone and muscle strength in your upper body!
It's mid-January and I'm still not back to my old self in the kitchen, but I'm getting there. I was looking for some inspiration this week and came across the Gluten-Free Palate's Vegan Chocolate Espresso Doughnuts on the Enjoy Life Twitter feed. What could be better?
We know people with celiac disease, so I'm holding onto the gluten-free version for sure. For my first try, though, I re-glutenized the recipe and used my own go-to egg replacement (cornstarch + applesauce) because we were out of flax. I also left out the espresso, so that my kids would go right to bed (ha!). The recipe was so easy, and my results were tasty even the next morning.
I did notice that these doughnuts (made with wheat flour, at least) are pretty crispy on the outside, but they are nice and airy without feeling dense at all. When I tried a shorter cooking time on a second batch, they were a touch softer but also prone to falling apart when I turned out the pan. This---and the lack of pretty smoothness on the doughnut bottoms---probably reflects my impatient technique more than anything else, though!
I'll definitely be using this recipe again and experimenting with my own versions and new flavors on some other Friday pancake nights. I also loved the larger doughnut size, compared with a mini-doughnut pan that I tried in the past.
Do you have any favorite doughnut recipes to share? Any tips to soften up some eggless baked goods that aren't naturally heavy on fruit purees?
2018 update: Looks like I might be going back to the gluten-free original recipe. For now, though, I'm linking my wheat-flour otherwise-allergy-free recipe on FreeFrom Fridays. Enjoy :-)
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An apothecary is a person or a place. Either one implies healing and relates to pharmacy in its truest sense, as a source of treatment and advice.
This blog is my way of uniting my pharmacy training with my efforts to provide a healthy and safe lifestyle for my family. In true apothecary form, I research and prescribe alternative ingredients that work just right in each specific recipe, and I would like to share the results with anyone who needs help making their own family’s kitchen allergy safe and heart healthy.
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Bakery Bites: Breads and Treats Without Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, or Soy
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Kitchen Adventures With Multiple Food Allergies: A Recipe Collection for Celebrations Without Dairy, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Seeds, or Soy