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Fried Gluten Free Donut Recipe (Maple Glazed)

Tara Klippert
This maple glazed fried gluten free donut recipe is my take on a classic yeast risen donut, but without the gluten or dairy. It can also be made vegan with the use of an egg substitute.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rising time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 317 kcal

Equipment

  • Donut cutter
  • Rolling Pin
  • KitchenAid Stand mixer
  • Glass baking pan
  • Plastic wrap
  • Parchment paper
  • Deep cast-iron pan or pot
  • Paper towel
  • large bowl
  • Cooking spray

Ingredients
  

Dry ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup gluten free flour (I recommend Robin Hood brand)
  • cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp quick rise yeast

Wet ingredients

  • ½ cup warmed dairy free milk
  • 2 tbsp melted vegan butter (I recommend Earth Balance soy free)
  • 1 room temp egg (or 1 chia egg - 1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 4 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • ½ tsp maple extract

Maple glaze

  • 2 tbsp melted vegan butter
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 ⅛ - 1 ¼ cup icing sugar
  • ½ tsp maple extract

Deep frying

  • 1 small jug of canola oil (enough to fill the cast iron pan or pot to at least 1-2 inches deep)

Donut topper

  • ½ cup maple flakes

Instructions
 

Make the dough

  • Mix all of the dry ingredients together in your stand mixer or large bowl - gluten-free flour, granulated sugar, salt and quick rise yeast.
    All dry ingredients mixed together in the stand mixer bowl
  • Once your dry ingredients are mixed together, add all of your wet ingredients into the stand mixer – dairy free milk, melted butter, egg, vinegar and maple extract.
    Wet ingredients added into mixed dry ingredients
  • Using the mixer attachment, mix your gluten-free dough thoroughly until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Continue mixing for a couple minutes to knead your dough.
    Both dry and wet ingredients being mixed together in stand mixer
  • Your dough should be sticky and more wet than regular bread dough usually is. If its not, add additional water or dairy free milk slowly until it is. Be careful not to go to thin though either.
    How the final dough will look like once mixed thoroughly in stand mixer. Sticky and stuck to the sides of the bowl.
  • Using a spatula, scrape the dough from the sides of the stand mixer or bowl down towards the middle until you have formed a ball out of all of the dough.
    Ball of dough after scraping down the sides of the stand mixer bowl with a spatula

Rest your dough

  • Cover your bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rest for 10 minutes. The dough will not rise during this time.
    Ball of dough in stand mixer bowl covered with damp towel to rest

Roll out and cut your dough

  • On a clean surface, sprinkle some gluten-free flour and spread it evenly around with your hand. Using the spatula, scrape your ball of dough out onto the floured surface.
    Ball of dough on floured surface
  • Sprinkle some additional gluten-free flour on top of the dough and start to press it down with your hand until it is in a disk-like shape.
    Dough after being pressed down and sprinkled with gluten-free flour on top
  • Then using your rolling pin, roll it out until it is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. You can even go up to 1 inch thick if you want larger doughnuts.
    Rolled out dough ready for being cut into donut shapes
  • Using a floured doughnut cutter, cut out the doughnut shapes carefully – the dough will be flimsy so be careful while handling it.
    Doughnut cutter pressing into rolled out dough
  • Cut out as many as you can from your rolled out dough. Then combine the remaining scraps and repeat the process of flouring, rolling out and cutting until you've used up all the dough. You will usually get around 8 to 10 small doughnuts – depending on the size of your doughnut cutter.
    What your dough will look like after cutting out all of your doughnuts and before rerolling it and making more. Scraps of dough on floured surface.
  • Line a deep glass baking dish with parchment paper. Place each cut out doughnut onto the parchment paper. Allow a bit of space between each doughnut as they will rise and spread a bit.
    Cut out doughnuts on parchment paper in deep glass dish
  • Cover your glass dish with oiled plastic wrap. The easiest way to do this is to prepare the sheets of plastic wrap first on the counter, spray one side of them with cooking spray, and then top the glass baking dish with them – oiled side down. The plastic wrap should create a tight seal so that no air can get into the pan.
    Rolled out plastic wrap sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray

Rise your dough

  • In a warm spot (I put them under the oven light), let them rise for roughly one hour.
    Cut out doughnuts in glass dish on parchment paper covered with oiled plastic wrap to rise for 1 hour.
  • Gluten-free yeast risen dough will not rise as much as a regular dough that contains wheat/gluten flour will. They should however rise to about 150% of its original size.
    Cut out donuts after risen for one hour and oiled plastic wrap removed.

Deep fry your donuts

  • In a large cast-iron pan or pot, pour in at least 1 inch of vegetable oil and up to 2 inches. Heat up to medium heat (roughly 300 to 350 Fahrenheit if you have a deep frying temperature gauge). You can also test that your oil is up to temperature by tossing in a small piece of dough scrap. If it starts bubbling away immediately, you should be good to go.
    1 to 2 inch thick vegetable oil in a cast iron pan.
  • One at a time, carefully peel off the cut up doughnuts from the parchment paper and gently lower into the oil. Be very careful not to burn your self and ideally use something to help you lower it into the oil such as a metal flipper. After roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute you can flip the doughnut using a fork or flipper. Flip them once they start to get golden brown. Be careful not to overcook them. You’ll know they are starting to overcook if they start getting to be more of a darker brown colour.
    Two doughnuts being deep-fried beside a paper towel lined dish holding the cooked doughnuts
  • When each doughnut is cooked, lift them out and put them on a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up some of the extra grease.
    Cooked doughnuts on a plate lined with paper towel to soak up some of the grease

Make the glaze

  • While your doughnuts start to cool, you can make the glaze by combining all ingredients into a large bowl.
    All ingredients for the maple glaze in a large bowl
  • Mix the glaze with a whisk until everything is combined and there are no lumps left.
    Prepared maple glaze in large bowl

Glaze the donuts & garnish

  • Line up your fried doughnuts, maple glaze and your glass baking dish lined with parchment paper.
    Cooked doughnuts lined up beside maple glaze and glass dish lined with parchment paper
  • Dip one side of each cooked doughnut into the maple glaze and then place back into your glass baking dish lined with fresh parchment paper.
    Doughnuts after their first dip in maple glaze
  • Once the maple glaze has hardened up (usually happens within 10 minutes or so), you can dip your doughnuts a second time. This will make sure that the glaze is on there nice and thick.
    Doughnuts after their second dip in maple glaze
  • Place them back into the glass baking dish and sprinkle with maple flakes if desired. Let sit for another 10 minutes or so until the glaze has hardened.
    Doughnuts that have been dipped twice in maple glaze and sprinkled with maple flakes
  • Enjoy right away! Keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. If you are serving them from the fridge, put on a plate and microwave for 10 to 15 seconds to soften them up again.

Notes

In the blog post above, I give instructions on making this recipe vegan with the use of 1 chia egg.
I also provide instructions on using active dry yeast instead of quick rise yeast.
You can also find recipe ingredient substitutions and other variations on this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 2.7gFat: 16.2gSaturated Fat: 2.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 8.8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 22.4g
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, soy free
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