Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Baked Vanilla Cake Donuts

What are these things????

Baked Vanilla Cake Donuts
These are a lot of fun! Kids will love ’em, too! Hubby says that they have the same texture as a regular donut and are light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

I adapted this recipe from Family Circle magazine to make it gluten free. It suggests a revolutionary concept in donut making. There is a whopping reduction of 12 grams of fat per donut compared to fried, PLUS, check out my nifty innovation on a “donut” pan! Makes 12 cute little, smaller donuts with a fun hole in the center to fill with your favorite jellies, lemon curd, or whipped cream. Use your imagination! Not everyone has easy access to a donut pan (most hold only 6 donuts), but most of us have access to a Walmart.*

1 cup GF flour blend
½ t. baking soda
¼ t. freshly grated nutmeg
¼ t. salt
½ cup LF buttermilk
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 egg
4 t. unsalted butter, melted
1 t. GF vanilla extract

Heat oven to 325 F. Coat a 6 indentation donut pan or a 12 opening mini-bundt pan* with GF nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk buttermilk, sugar, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Combine both mixtures together and whisk until smooth.

Spoon the batter into a large resealable plastic bag. Cut off an opening on the corner of the bag and squeeze batter into prepared pan indents, about 2/3 full if using a regular donut pan; about ½ full if using the mini bundt pan. Smooth the tops somewhat.

Bake at 325 F for 10 minutes for mini bundts or 13 minutes for regular donut pan, until donuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan on rack for three more minutes, then carefully turn out onto a rack to cool.

Toppings: Powdered sugar, sugar and cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla frosting, sprinkles, nuts, etc. (all gluten free, of course!)

Makes:12 donuts, if you use the mini-bundt pan.

This recipe is from my cookbook: "Delicious! The Very Best of Gluten Free and Wheat Free Cooking. It is available at:   



~*from Walmart housewares; “Bake it Better” brand 12 cavity fluted mini bundt tube pan.

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