SnacksApril/May 2008

Best Ever Gluten-Free Donuts

MAKES 2 DOZEN, 3-INCH DONUTS

Whip up warm, delicious donuts in your own kitchen with this recipe, adapted from the CIA classroom.

1 cups white rice flour
1 cup granulated sugar
7/8 cup potato starch
cup tapioca starch
cup plus 1 tablespoon chickpea flour or soy flour
4 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons baking powder
7 teaspoons instant dry yeast
1 cups warm milk of choice or water
1 sticks unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups vegetable oil (or more)
- Extra sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon, optional

1. Place rice flour, granulated sugar, potato starch, tapioca starch, chickpea flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and dry yeast in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat briefly to combine.

2. Add milk, melted butter and eggs to dry ingredients. Beat for 5 minutes at medium speed.

3. Let dough rest for 20 minutes in a warm, draft-free area.

4. Cut 5x5-inch squares of parchment paper. Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with the widest tip or use a plastic bag with the bottom corner cut to create a to 1/2-inch opening. Pipe a donut-shaped circle* onto each parchment square. Set squares on baking sheets and let proof for 20 minutes in a warm, humid environment. (See sidebar on creating a proofer at home.)

5. In a deep skillet or electric fryer, heat oil over medium heat until oil reaches 350 degrees. Gently slide 3 or 4 donut sheets into the oil and fry 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove the paper and gently turn donuts. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a tray lined with several sheets of paper towels.

6. While still warm, sprinkle donuts with sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon, if desired.

*To help form the donuts, shape them with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with vegetable oil.

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