As I sit here typing, I smell a deeeelicious pie baking in the oven, but that is not what I want to share with you today.
It has become a tradition that when I go to get my hair done, that I bring some sort of treat for the girls and they have graciously accepted the role of taste testers for my experiments!
For those of you who do not really know me, my passion is music but I LOVE to bake and one of my ‘shiny’ objects is recipes. I subscribe to a couple websites on Facebook and in my email. One is Taste of Home www.tasteofhome.com and the other is My Baking Addiction www.mybakingaddiction.com . I like these websites because these are ‘real’ people and the pictures and stories behind the recipes are wonderful!!
So one day, a while ago, a recipe for donuts popped up on my Facebook page from Taste of Home. Naturally I opened it up and read it. It reminded me of the drop donuts my mom used to make when I was a kid. I thought, “wouldn’t that be cool if I could duplicate these gluten-free?” Knowing that I had a hair appointment coming up soon, I thought this would be a good item to bring to the girls.
These donuts are deep fried and I generally do not deep fry inside the house – but it was cold and rainy out, so I did anyway. I believe I cooked them too long as they were a bit dry – in my opinion. The first batch were a slightly un-done, so I cooked the rest longer, but probably too long. They did remind me a lot of the donuts my mom used to make! I will probably do some more “tweaking” to them and I might even hunt down the original recipe from when I was a kid and try them. Everyone who tried them thought they were wonderful and most did not think they were too dry. I am my worst critic.
Applesauce Drop Donuts
3 tablespoons butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ½ cups GF all-purpose baking flour
3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ cup 2% milk
Oil for deep-frying
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and next five ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk (the batter will be thick).
In an electric skillet or deep-fryer, heat oil to 375º.
Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop spoonfuls of batter a few at a time into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on all sides.
Drain on paper towels; roll in sugar while warm.
Lindy’s note: I rolled the finished donuts in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Also note that the larger you make them, the longer they will have to cook therefore the darker they will become. Mine were not golden brown due to using a medium cookie scoop.