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Has anyone here tried to make a decent donut?

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Created February 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Anyone try frying some sourdough in coconut oil or animal fat and covering it with raw honey?

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10044 · November 22, 2012 at 4:48 AM

Carly is a real lady, just like Eliza Doolittle. :-)

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614 · February 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

By the way, they were awesome! Brought some in for my (super non paleo) coworkers and they liked them a lot too.

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10044 · February 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM

+1 Thanks Sandra for answering.

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3280 · February 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Calling it gluten-free is inaccurate. It's nigh impossible to eliminate 100% of the gluten at home. From Mark's Daily Apple: No store bought garden variety sourdough you find is going to be gluten-free. A team from Italy was able to produce a gluten-free sourdough wheat bread by using specific bacterial strains from all over the world and subjecting the bread to many days of fermentation. The process was totally unfeasible for the home or average commercial baker.

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5629 · February 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Those look AMAZING. I wonder how they would taste fried in lard? I think I would add salted butter to the frosting too...

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4994 · February 25, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Apoligies if you thought that was harsh, but "how is sourdough in any way paleo?" got my back up. That *could* have been phrased milder IMO. Richfrm Tx was asking a (imo) legitimate question and got immediately shot down. As Jank Kronk pointed out, this is not unusual. I just don't think there is any need to be such a downer.

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6229 · February 25, 2012 at 2:36 AM

WOW - I have to say they look pretty tempting ... LOL!

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6229 · February 25, 2012 at 2:35 AM

LOL - just when I think Paleo has it all figured out ...

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11557 · February 25, 2012 at 2:03 AM

god, even if it is like bannock...that was my FAVOURITE camp food in my youth, addictive...

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10044 · February 25, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Sweet, thanks JuBa. I can't wait to buy your cookbook when it comes out.

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32518 · February 25, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Hey, I LOVE donuts! I might even eat enough so MY brain falls out--be assured they will be gluten-free. That is all.

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5135 · February 25, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Donuts, even the ones you're describing, are not paleo. It's good to be open minded, but not so much that your brain falls out.

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1085 · February 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Agree or disagree with her stance, Dragonfly's comments were pretty mild and not nearly as harsh as the reaction IMO.

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10199 · February 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM

@markhu split one in half and plop the cut faces into yogurt. The liquid wicks up into the donut and turns its innards into custard. The yogurt in the dish thickens like Greek yogurt or cream cheese.

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10199 · February 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM

@rogue oh that handheld! I guess it is a paleo instrument.

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18417 · February 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Slow Loris.. Dragonfly does this every now and then. You should see her insane comments on my Oatmeal thread. You'd have thought I murdered someone by posting a thread about baked Oatmeal.

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10044 · February 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Thanks Bree. Those look really good. I haven't eaten a doughnut since going paleo. I came close to eating one a few months ago at work, but I resisted the urge.

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11099 · February 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Handheld? My mind is going to dirty places...

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11099 · February 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Oh, I should have read through the posts before I made my comment...oops, you beat me to it!

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20 · February 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I can't stand "dry" donuts. I'm thinking about approaching my local donut shop and asking if they could make me a batch fried in a good old-fashioned grease like lard. Here's a fun article (not "Paleo" at all) http://www.evamurray.org/index.php/m/page/162 fun quote: "A real homemade doughnut (or donut, I'm not fussy,) bears absolutely no resemblance to the cold, trucked-in, over-sugared pastries so often decried in the press as the worst example of America's poor diet."

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

YUM!!!! Get in ma belly.

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Hehe anytime :) just get annoyed by unnecessary bonfire p***ing.

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10044 · February 24, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Thanks Slow Loris for the comments. You made my day.

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1085 · February 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Clicked your link. That's one authentic looking doughut. Impressive.

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Totally paleo. That and toiletries and indoor plumbing. All paleo for sure.

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Ooooh sound nice!

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Sounds delicious!

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10199 · February 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I thought handhelds were paleo.

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

There are plenty of answers "on the web" to most questions tbh. Who are you to judge?

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I wasn't aware that you were a moderator. Oh wait, you're not. It's your opinion this question shouln't be asked here, I can't see a problem with it. Why say anything?

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32518 · February 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

There are plenty of sourdough recipes on the web, no need to look on a Paleo site for this info. Try the WAPF page for example.

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Dragonfly are you the paleo police? Fermented sourdough can be a pretty healthy food if tolerated. Computers are not paleo but you're on one. Sheesh. Lighten up.

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384 · February 24, 2012 at 8:48 PM

^^ I am with Dragonfly on this one. Sourdough may not be as bad as regular, but that doesn't make it good.

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32518 · February 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

How is sourdough in any way Paleo?

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1816 · February 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

No, but I've been craving donuts like crazy! (I'm pregnant.) I think I will try this ASAP and report back!

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20519 · February 25, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Oh hello. Would you like a donut recipe? Ok, here you go:

1/3 cup melted coconut oil or butter, plus more for greasing the pans

1 cupe your choice of sugar - turbinado, coconut etc

3/4 cup rice flour + 1/3 cup of regular rice flour OR brown rice flour

1/2 cup potato starch

1/4 cup arrowroot

1.5 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum or guar gum - should be about equal for either. sorry 'bout that but it makes it all work together

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup vanilla extract

Cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling, if you want. Add some extra yum to the batter like orange or lemon zest, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, etc. Umm.. you can also make these, and the next day split in half and get them all toasty and crisp in a pan on the stove kinda like a pancake - a little syrup on top if you didn't cinnamon sugar them.

  1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees, with a rack in the middle. Brush two six-mold doughnut trays with coconut oil or butter.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, rice flour, potato starch, arrowroot, baking powder, xanthan or guar gum, salt and baking soda. Add 1/3 cup of oil or butter, applesauce, vanilla and 1/2 cup hot water and mix with a rubber spatula until the ingredients are just combined. Be careful not to overmix. Drop about 2 1/2 tablespoons of batter into each doughnut mold and spread evenly around with a toothpick.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes, turn the pans around and bake until the doughnuts are golden brown ??? about 7 more minutes. Cool in the molds for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the doughnuts to lift them out of the molds, and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and eat warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 regular OR go cute and use a mini donut baking pan.

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10044 · February 25, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Sweet, thanks JuBa. I can't wait to buy your cookbook when it comes out.

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12369 · February 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

http://paleospirit.com/2012/apple-cider-paleo-donuts/

If I were going to do it - these would be the ones!

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11099 · February 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Oh, I should have read through the posts before I made my comment...oops, you beat me to it!

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6229 · February 25, 2012 at 2:36 AM

WOW - I have to say they look pretty tempting ... LOL!

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

YUM!!!! Get in ma belly.

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10044 · February 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Thanks Bree. Those look really good. I haven't eaten a doughnut since going paleo. I came close to eating one a few months ago at work, but I resisted the urge.

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614 · February 24, 2012 at 7:22 PM
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6229 · February 25, 2012 at 2:35 AM

LOL - just when I think Paleo has it all figured out ...

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1085 · February 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Clicked your link. That's one authentic looking doughut. Impressive.

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5629 · February 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Those look AMAZING. I wonder how they would taste fried in lard? I think I would add salted butter to the frosting too...

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614 · February 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

By the way, they were awesome! Brought some in for my (super non paleo) coworkers and they liked them a lot too.

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56616 · February 25, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Not real doughnuts, but the raw vegan ones are at least fun and cute has-anyone-here-tried-to-make-a-decent-donut?

Simpler recipe or you can just shape a larabar in a donut shape and make some coconut butter glaze.

Of course the most paleo donut is the donut peach.

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Here are some coconut flour donuts.

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100 · February 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Donuts are evil.

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12540 · February 25, 2012 at 1:42 AM

I've had decent luck making "fried breads" out of pao de caejo (not really pao de caejo, 'cause they don't have any 'caejo'... but you get the idea). They come out more like the elephant-ears you get at the state fair, but they're still wicked YUMMM, and excellent sprinkled with cinnamon and coconut-sap "sugar" or maple sugar ground to powder in the coffee grinder.

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11099 · February 24, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I just saw this post the other day:http://paleospirit.com/2012/apple-cider-paleo-donuts/ Not exactly what you were describing, but if you really miss doughnuts, this little machine could be pretty fun!

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896 · February 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Babycakes makes a mini doughnut maker that I just love. No oil required.

I've made chocolate doughnuts with coconut flour, and I add organic red beet powder from Frontier if I want Red Velvet doughnuts. For a glaze, you can use coconut cream concentrate.

http://www.amazon.com/Babycakes-DN-6-Doughnut-Yellow-Donuts/dp/B005PO9TT4

http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/coconut_cream_concentrate.htm

http://www.frontiercoop.com/

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Sounds delicious!

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20 · February 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I can't stand "dry" donuts. I'm thinking about approaching my local donut shop and asking if they could make me a batch fried in a good old-fashioned grease like lard. Here's a fun article (not "Paleo" at all) http://www.evamurray.org/index.php/m/page/162 fun quote: "A real homemade doughnut (or donut, I'm not fussy,) bears absolutely no resemblance to the cold, trucked-in, over-sugared pastries so often decried in the press as the worst example of America's poor diet."

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10199 · February 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM

@markhu split one in half and plop the cut faces into yogurt. The liquid wicks up into the donut and turns its innards into custard. The yogurt in the dish thickens like Greek yogurt or cream cheese.

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10199 · February 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

No, but I'd add some soda or baking powder to it to get more rise. By itself this sounds more like an elephant ear or bannock and might come out leathery.

However it comes out, if you split it open and lay the cut sides in a shallow dish of yogurt, let it soak up for a few hours, then top with the honey you'll end up with something tender and creamcheesy.

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Ooooh sound nice!

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11557 · February 25, 2012 at 2:03 AM

god, even if it is like bannock...that was my FAVOURITE camp food in my youth, addictive...

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579 · February 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I made Paleo Spirit's Apple Cider Donut recipe (http://paleospirit.com/2012/apple-cider-paleo-donuts/) the other day. Adult son and DH loved it (4.6 star average). Next time I won't dip in coconut oil as it made them a bit too moist for my liking (but not bad) and I'll just dust with cinnamon while still warm. Nice occasional treat. I used a donut pan that I already had.

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10044 · February 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM

+1 Thanks Sandra for answering.

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4994 · February 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I haven't but if you try and it's good, send me the recipe! Sounds like a great idea for a gluten free TREAT.

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3280 · February 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Calling it gluten-free is inaccurate. It's nigh impossible to eliminate 100% of the gluten at home. From Mark's Daily Apple: No store bought garden variety sourdough you find is going to be gluten-free. A team from Italy was able to produce a gluten-free sourdough wheat bread by using specific bacterial strains from all over the world and subjecting the bread to many days of fermentation. The process was totally unfeasible for the home or average commercial baker.

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