Saturday, December 24, 2011

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Eggnog Do(ugh)nuts.

Whether you spell them donut or doughnut, they're delicious!

After making the Apple Cider Donuts this Halloween, I had little people requesting something special for the holidays.  This time I set out to make an eggnog based donut, modifying the original cider recipe just a tad.  Here's what we came up with:

1/4 cup of soy-free earth balance (or butter-ish substance of your choosing)
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups So Delicious Coconut Nog (or eggnog of choice)

4 cups Pamela's Gluten Free Bread Mix/Flour (plus enough for dusting)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg (or 1 tsp of the pre-ground stuff)

Mix it all up.  

Dough will be incredibly sticky, just hang in there.

Scrape it out onto a well-floured surface.  I actually use a layer of flour on my silpat for extra protection.

Dust with yet another layer of flour and roll until about a half inch thick.

Cut out into desired shape (we use a circle cutter and a piping gun tip for the centers).

Lay out the donuts on a silpat-lined sheet pan and refrigerate for at least a half hour.

I use a large, heavy-bottomed saute pan by Cuisinart for my frying.   It takes about an inch of neutral oil.

Heat to around 350° - you can always toss a donut hole in there and when it floats right back up to the top, sizzling at the edge, the oil is ready.

They go QUICKLY so make sure you have a landing pad ready.  I use a cooling rack over a layer of paper towels on my sheet pan.

A spider like this is what I use for fishing mine back out.

They should only take a few minutes per side.  Don't be worried if they look flat, like a big washer, when they're raw.  They puff like mad in that oil!

Let cool a bit, then roll in powdered sugar or glaze them to your heart's desire.

My glaze consists of: 
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp fresh nutmeg
1 tsp light corn syrup
warm water to make a pourable fondant consistency
then thin with extra nog, if need be, for dipping consistency

Happy Holidays!

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