An incredible evening at Sunday Dinner Club was made more incredible with some Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Fried chicken and delicious biscuits made me want to prepare some of my own comfort food. And at my house, that often means donuts. Donuts doused in powdered sugar made me think a bit of food coloring spray would give us a great ombre look. The internet abounds with donut recipes, including great baked ones. I used On Sugar Mountain's easy-to-follow recipe. I omitted the lemon for no reason other than not wanting there to be lemon in two desserts.
If you are transporting these, you can be ridiculous like me and cart a paper grocery bag filled with powdered sugar along with you to give 'em a little re-coat.
There are also great gluten free options for baked donuts, including this one from Silvana's via Food & Wine.
Read the flour packages carefully. All the GF flours I used recommended adding Xantham gum, which is a thickening and stabilizing agent. It's not essential but it would've helped. I assumed GF flours sold commercially (as opposed to the DIY recipes online) would have everything you need but the Xantham gum is based on what you are baking, not how much you are baking. When omitted, they are crumbly so watch how you fill the pans and rotate them on the cooling rack before the stick.
To help folks differentiate, we gave the GF donuts a blue spritz.
Are donuts, especially powdered donuts, the most elegant thing ever?
No, they're a mess to eat. But they add whimsy and fun to any table. And they taste fantastic.Other Spring salon treats: Lemon lavender meringues & rosewater shortbread Ombre white chocolate bark & triple chocolate cheesecake