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May 16, 2013

I'm Back with Gluten Free Baked Doughnut Holes!!

What a roller coaster the past few months or should I say 9 months have been! I am happy to announce that I have purchased my first condo and couldn't be more excited to call the place my own. Another part of my life I am looking forward to getting back on track is my gluten free blogging world. Over the past few months, my time has been consumed with finding a place and after a long day at work and balancing all the trials and tribulations of purchasing a home, I rarely wanted to turn my computer on at night. I would soak in the 30 minutes I had siting on the couch and stare aimlessly at the television trying to regroup for the days ahead. As hard as it was not blogging and spending my free time in the kitchen, it was a well needed break and now I am ready to get back to one of my favorite pastimes now that I have time :)

Even though I have been absent from posting,  my mind hasn't turned off and my post list has increased tremendously.  I even managed to bake a few times during some very stressful times. Ironically, baking relaxes my mind and allows me to focus on something besides all the stressful thing throughout the day. Now I am worried that there are not enough posts to keep up with. Oooo the fine balance of a blogger's life. We all love it!

So my first post since my sabbatical :) is amazing! I don't know about you, but the one thing that is constantly around me at work are doughnuts, not just average doughnuts, I am talking Krispy Kreme, gourmet and fresh doughnuts with colorful and inviting sprinkles on top. So in an effort to join the office crowd I made myself doughnut holes. Bite size little pieces of soft dough covered in a cinnamon sugar coating. So this batch didn't make it till casual Friday, but I think that says something about the recipe and my craving for these little pieces of goodness. 

I splurged and picked up the Stonewall Kitchen's Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Mix ($9.95) and am so happy I came across this amazing gluten free brand. After a long day, I opted to slack off a bit and take advantage of what is now my FAVORITE premade gluten free doughnut mix. I do not have a doughnut pan, so I decided to put my cake pop pan to use and made doughnut holes. I simply followed the recipe on the back of the box but reduced the time they were in the oven by a few minutes or until an inserted tooth pick came out clean. I was very surprised with the texture and taste given that doughnuts are typically fried, and not baked.
I was very impressed with how easy the dough was to work with and even after the doughnuts cooled did not break apart. The doughnuts were light and delicate and didn't resemble a hard, dry gluten free alternative that we are all (unfortunately) use to most of the time. The instructions suggest to roll in cinnamon sugar, but I experimented with a vanilla glaze and sprinkles (my favorite) and have to admit the cinnamon sugar knocked the sprinkles socks off! or should I say sprinkles off? You get the point.

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