Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gluten Free Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Vanilla Cinnamon Glaze

Oh my.
These little doughnuts are a perfect way to start a morning.
True not the breakfast of champions but a delicious treat during the holidays.
Baked doughnuts with a glaze, what could be better?

You can find the original recipe here if you don't need the gluten free version.

You will need a donut pan.  I found mine at Joanne Craft stores in the cake decorating section.  The pan is made by Wilton.  You could make these into donut muffins, if you are in a pinch.  But I'm not sure if the texture would be the same. 

Be sure to use the full 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar for the glaze.  The first time I made these I tried to "lighten" them,
 (huge mistake, I mean really?  Lighten a donut, just enjoy the carb-filled goodness right!)
by only adding about half the sugar, and the glaze just wasn't as good as the second time I tried them.  

(Which was good, because the second go around we had a bunch of people over for our annual Harvest party, more details to come).

Gluten Free Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Vanilla-Cinnamon Glaze

2 cups GF mix
2 t. xanthan gum
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ginger
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs
2 T. buttermilk, or milk with vinegar added
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 t. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350.  Prepare donut pan by spraying with non-stick spray.  
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, butter and pumpkin.  Add in the milk, eggs and vanilla, mix well.  
With a wooden spoon stir in the dry ingredients.
Scoop the dough into a large plastic bag.  Cut off one corner and pipe into the prepared donut pan.  
Bake for 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  
Let donuts rest for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove to a wire rack.
When cooled to the touch, dip into the vanilla-cinnamon glaze.

Vanilla-Cinnamon Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 T.  milk

In a small bowl, with a wide top to dip the donuts, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and milk.  
Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze.  Allow a few minutes to set.


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