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donut fun

This fall I realized that my poor deprived child was three and a half years old and had never had a donut. This egregious oversight never would have happened if I could eat gluten (or if I could easily get gluten-free dairy-free donuts at any bakery), so we’ve started making mini donuts at home.

Our first attempt was my all-time-favorite, apple cider donuts! We used this recipe and gobbled them all up within about 24 hours.

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Our next donut-making adventure was chocolate dipped plain cake donuts (kid’s choice). The festive sprinkles were also the kiddo’s choice, and she enjoyed doing all of the dipping and sprinkling.

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The donuts were delightfully crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The plain cake donut recipe and the chocolate dipping sauce recipe are both in Babycakes Covers the Classics (one of my go-to cookbooks). We made a half recipe of the chocolate dipping sauce and still had a bit left over, so I made hot chocolate by mixing the sauce with hot almond milk. So much chocolatey goodness!

apple cider donuts

My all-time favorite fall food – now vegan and gluten-free! Yum!
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Mix dry ingredients together. Add wet ingredients and stir until well combined. I made 9 mini donuts (in my donut maker) and 6 muffins (baked at 350ºF for 20 minutes).

If you want traditional cinnamon sugar coating on your donuts or muffins, mix 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt together in a small bowl that is wide enough to dunk your donuts/muffins in. Allow donuts or muffins to cool for a few minutes, then coat with cinnamon sugar. They are extra delicious when they’re still warm!

favorite things left undone, follow-up

A year ago I wrote a top ten list of my favorite things that I hadn’t done in a year. Here’s a follow-up on my attempt to do them this past year:

  1. Swim in the warm ocean with big waves.  No such luck. I stuck my foot into the ocean here in Nova Scotia, but it was way too cold to consider swimming in. Maybe next year!
  2. Play mini golf.  Done! Jeff and I played mini golf at my favorite mini golf course, Around the World in 18 Holes in Lake George, NY (shown below), over the summer. We also played mini golf at Beazley’s glow-in-the-dark mini-putt in Dartmouth, NS, where I played the best mini golf game of my life and beat Jeff for the first time!
  3. Go to an art museum.  I didn’t make it to any during the past year, but I plan to go to at least one in Paris in a couple of weeks!
  4. Go to the Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC.  Didn’t make it. And it looks like we will be in Saratoga the weekend before the Jazz Festival this year, so we might see the Beach Boys at SPAC, but no Jazz Festival. Maybe next year! 
  5. Play tennis on a non-windy day.  I played tennis several times last year. Yay!
  6. Eat an apple cider donut from Saratoga Apple.  Nope. Wheat and I still aren’t friends, so I probably won’t be able to eat a regular cider donut anytime soon. But now that I have a donut maker, I can and will make my own.
  7. Hang out with my friend Theresa.  We didn’t get to hang out in person, but we did skype a few times, so I’ll consider this one mostly successful.
  8. Kayak.  Nope. Hopefully this summer!
  9. Go on a waterslide.  Nope. Hopefully this summer?
  10. Go to a baseball game with friends on a nice day.  I was so close to making this one happen. We had tickets to see the Red Sox play in Pittsburgh while we were in town for a wedding, but our flights got messed up and we ended up missing the game. Maybe next year…
So only 3/10. That’s not so great. Hopefully I’ll do a few more of these fun things in the coming year!

Around the World in 18 Holes – the Iron Curtain in Cold War Germany, with Egypt in the background.

a trip to the babycakes bakery!

If you’ve followed this blog much, you might have noticed that I’ve posted a few times about BabyCakes. As I’ve been baking and enjoying the recipes in my BabyCakes cookbooks, I’ve also been looking forward to the day I’d finally visit one of these meccas of vegan gluten-free baked goods. So while we were in Florida last week, I was super excited to visit the BabyCakes NYC bakery in Downtown Disney.

As you can see, there were many kinds of cupcakes, cake bites, donuts, and breads, as well as cinnamon rolls, cookie sandwiches, and waffle sandwiches! They all looked delicious, but when decision time came, I opted for a lemon cupcake and a chocolate chip cookie sandwich. My mom got a brownie cupcake and my dad got a cookie crunch donut.

They look pretty good, huh? The cookie sandwich was tasty, but a tad on the oily side for my taste. Otherwise, everything was divine! The bakery definitely lived up to my expectations. 🙂

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I made donuts for the first time!

There are several donut recipes that I wanted to try in BabyCakes Covers the Classics, so it was really awesome that my thoughtful friend Shannon got me a donut maker for Christmas! I made my first batch of donuts using the chocolate cake donuts recipe. I substituted garbanzo bean flour for the suggested garbanzo and fava bean flour and corn starch for potato starch. I was going to dip them in vanilla sugar glaze, but the donuts tasted so nice on their own that I didn’t bother. They came out just a little crispy on the outside, and moist and cake-y on the inside.

And I think you guys deserve to see what most of the donuts looked like, since things don’t always turn out picture-perfect the first time. The first few were not as pretty as those two shown above!

A little ugly, but they still tasted delicious!