I’m a sucker for a hot doughnut. Bread in general is my weakness, but there’s just something special about the occasional treat of fried dough doused in a sweet glaze. Yum.
We have a Krispy Kreme down the street from our house so we often pass it while out running errands. My son, Caleb, just happens to love doughnuts more than I do, so whenever that “hot and ready” sign is on, we’re done for!
I make baked doughnuts all the time, but rarely make the fried ones, because we all know fried foods should only be enjoyed occasionally. I actually tried this recipe both fried and baked and they’re really good both ways, although the fried doughnuts tasted more authentic. The dough is only lightly sweetened with honey to cut down on the refined sugar and, depending on which glaze you choose, could actually be made totally refined sugar free as well!
I let the dough rise on squares of parchment so I can easily pick each one up and place it into the hot oil. I happened across a doughnut cutter recently so I used it for these, but any round cutter (biscuit/cookie cutter or rim of a glass) works. For the center, you can use the bottom of a large piping tip or the rim of one of those plastic medicine measuring cups that come on bottles of children’s Tylenol.
You can choose to make doughnut holes or re-roll them to make more doughnuts.
Above is the gluten-free variation. The dough is not like its gluten-filled counterpart, but more like a pasty cake batter. Instead of being rolled out, the dough is piped into doughnuts. As with the other doughnuts, these can be baked or fried, although the fried version is much tastier 🙂
I had a little fun with the glazes, adding crushed freeze-dried raspberries to one batch, a little rose water to another, and a drop of lavender oil to a third. They were so delicious! I loved the subtle floral hint, although with those a little really does go a long way, so don’t be too liberal with the flavorings.
Instead of sprinkles, I opted for delicious alternative toppings, like crushed freeze-dried raspberries, edible rose petals, and lavender blossoms. These doughnuts not only tasted good, they were almost too pretty to eat!
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