17 Apr Save the Donut Holes!
Save the Donut Holes!
For Easter, I decided I was going to make a cheesecake with a gluten free crust. Because my son would not be able to have this dessert due to his allergies, I also had planned on making allergy-safe donut holes. Ok, just to clarify, this is not the norm for us. I make sure my children do not go overboard with unnecessary sugar on a daily basis. Now that I’ve gotten that disclaimer out of the way, I can continue. Let me just say that I was in for a mini adventure that Saturday afternoon/evening. First off, I did not have a food processor to help make the crust. Since I was using GF Cheerios (strawberry flavor, yum!) for the crust, I had to literally crush and grind them by hand. My poor arm. Making that crust was an adventure in itself. But, if you ever want to make a GF crust for a pie or cheesecake, Cheerios is a wonderful option for making it.
That first dessert was out of the way. I figured I would go ahead and make the donut holes once the kids were in bed. I found a simple recipe and figured I would tweak it to make it work with GF flour. Feel free to start laughing now. I should have listened to my gut and didn’t. I ended up not tweaking the recipe, unfortunately. I tested the batter by making a few donut holes. The result was 4 small, hard rocks. They found their new home in the trash can. At this point, I was already exhausted and ready for bed. I was starting to panic. GF flour is NOT cheap. The thought of wasting that batter was enough to bring me close to tears. I looked for another recipe online. This one included ingredients the first one did not have. I added in the missing ingredients and poured some more flour. The batter looked more like pancake mix. There was nothing left to do but try to make this work. All I kept thinking about during this time was my son. I just wanted to have him enjoy a homemade dessert, too. I poured a few drops of the batter into the hot oil (I know, I know! Not healthy!) and watched as they started to take shape. They did not turn out looking like my idea of a donut hole. They looked more like disfigured chicken nuggets. I wasn’t sure if I should cry or laugh. I didn’t give up and kept going. I was determined to make something for him. I dismissed my perfectionist self and kept making those mangled looking things. My husband starting helping me and ended up taking over this interesting project. The end result was a cross between a donut and a funnel cake taste. I was HAPPY! I rejected my perfect donut hole image and embraced the fact that my son would be able to have a homemade dessert for Easter!
It truly is the little things, I tell ya. They make all the difference.
P.S. If you are wondering what the recipe is for those donut nugget thingies, I really don’t know. I mixed so many things around trying to save that batter that I couldn’t tell ya. Maybe I’ll attempt it again and have a successful story from its inception. And if that happens, I’ll be sure to include the recipe for you. Until then!