A New Tradition

Most people will look at you funny if you talk about homemade donuts. It’s an oxymoron – “homemade” and “donuts” are contradictory terms. Don’t you know donuts come in a box from a store?!?

I remember homemade donuts from my childhood. My grandmother used to make them, my aunts made them, my mother made them occasionally; I even helped once or twice while growing up. I had never made them by myself, though. I hadn’t been much of a donut eater for years. Donuts were a logical thing to give up when I was watching my weight. And obviously, I haven’t touched one since going gluten free over a year ago. Hell, I’ve cut way back on sugar these days, so I hardly eat anything sweet anymore. But even I crave the taste every once in a while.

David loves donuts. He loves them so much that his coworkers know to feed anything leftover in the Dunkin’ box to him at the end of the day. So Christmas morning, one of my presents to him was homemade, gluten-free donuts. I was looking forward to a sugar binge, and my inner-matriarch wanted to prove that not only could I make donuts, but I could make good, gluten-free donuts.

David and I were both ecstatic with the outcome.

I used this recipe from Celiac.com. I followed it exactly, except I used my own flour mix, cornstarch in place of the soy flour, and cornstarch to dust the board and dough. This dough is sticky, sticky, sticky. It took a lot of extra cornstarch sprinkled on the cutting board and dough, as well as a piece of parchment paper over top of the dough to accomplish the rolling. That, and considerable patience. But it was worth it.

These were slightly denser than the cake donuts I remembered, and tasted just about perfect. If I was in a hurry, I think I would just drop the dough by spoonfuls into the oil, to make donut holes. We dipped some in cinnamon and sugar, some in powdered sugar, and some in a chocolate glaze, and gorged ourselves. The rest we froze plain, and have been nuking them to take the chill off, then devouring.

Special thanks to David for delaying gratification to take these photos for me!

Some of the tools used:

Sticky dough:

Work in progress:

Fry ‘er up:Almost done:

Ready, Set, Eat!

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I've been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you're gluten-free, it's even better!
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2 Responses to A New Tradition

  1. Tenille says:

    Oh those look YUMMY!

  2. mjennings26 says:

    Wow! Those are really impressive.

    I remember my dad making donuts when I was little in the 70s with this crazy donut-making-hot-oil contraption. But man were they good.

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