It’s no secret that I’m a huge chocolate fan, it would seem that the chocolate fanaticism is genetically passed down in my family, (just kidding… but seriously)! But weirdly enough I’m an equally enthusiastic fan of anything vanilla.
There’s nothing quite like a buttery-tender cake heavily scented with vanilla, and when you pair that with a cup of coffee, you’ve got my favorite indulgence. The relationship between vanilla and coffee is well documented, (affogato anyone) and for me it even outweighs the coffee/chocolate combo.
These doughnuts are a combo of two favorites, the first inspiration is the most amazing vanilla cake from the former Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine, Ruth Reichl. It’s called Nicky’s Vanilla Cake and it’s located in her book, Garlic and Sapphires, (all her books are a great read if you’re crazy about food) and the cake is truly spectacular!
My second inspiration comes from memories of my favorite doughnut as a child, the Old Fashioned Glazed. I combined the vanilla cake flavors that I remember, (remade with grain free ingredients) with a doughnut shape and glaze, and I got my new weekend indulgence!
This recipe is really simple and doesn’t require a mixer. Simply whisk together the dry ingredients, mix them together with the wet ingredients, and you’re ready to bake.
You can make these with coconut oil, but butter definitely has the edge!
After the batter is mixed, spoon the batter evenly into a doughnut pan, there might be a little leftover that you can bake in a muffin tin or second doughnut pan if you have one. When the batter has been portioned, smooth out the tops of the doughnuts a bit with the back of the spoon before baking them.
Even though it’s really hard to wait, these need to cool until they’re barely warm before you turn the pan upside down to release them onto a cooling rack to finish cooling to room temperature. If you try and get them out sooner, you run the risk of breaking 1 or 2.
Once they’ve cooled, you’re ready to glaze them. I started off all neat and tidy by spooning the glaze over them, but in the end I dunked each one into the glaze before carefully removing them (cake doughnuts are fragile) just to speed things up a bit. I ended up with a few crumbs in the glaze, but I felt like it was a pretty small price to pay considering it saved me a ton of time!
As I mentioned before, these are really good with coffee. My sister stopped by just in time, and ended up with a freshly baked doughnut, and an Americano in her to-go cup!
I thought I’d give you an up close view of the pound cake-like texture of these doughnuts because seeing is believing. I wouldn’t blame you for a moment if you were a bit skeptical that you can actually make doughnuts without processed ingredients, but these will change your mind in just bite!
- 1¾ cups almond flour
- ¼ cup tapioca starch/flour
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of sea salt
- ¼ cup honey
- 4 Tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut butter, also called mana
- ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- pinch of sea salt
- 1-2 Teaspoons lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and lightly grease a non-stick doughnut pan for 6 doughnuts.
- Whisk together the almond flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, and sea salt.
- Melt the honey and butter together, set aside to cool before whisking in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Mix the honey mixture into the almond flour mixture until combined and there are no lumps.
- Divide the batter evenly between the 6 doughnut spots, filling each one about ¾ of the way full. The batter is quite thick, and I used 2 spoons to spread it around. I had a little leftover batter, and made 'doughnut holes' by baking the remaining batter in a mini muffin tin.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes or until puffy and no longer gooey in the center. You can check the doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center, when it comes out clean or with moist crumbs, the doughnuts are done. Let the doughnuts cool for at least 20 minutes before removing them from the pan to cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.
- Make the glaze by melting everything together over low heat just until liquified.
- You can either dip the doughnuts into the glaze (carefully, cake doughnuts break easily) or you can spoon the glaze evenly over each doughnut.
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