Krispie Kreme Doughnuts – no dairy or eggs here.

Where do you stand with Krispie Kreme doughnuts? Most people can’t seem to get enough of them, in fact at our workplaces and schools they seem to be the luxurious treat of choice. I find them a bit too sickly and sweet!

Since my girls can’t have them and they see their friends excitedly tucking in, I decided that I had to make a home made variation. It’s good to know what everything is like isn’t it? I chose to make mini ones which was actually a good plan as it avoided the sweet overload whilst still getting the Krispie Kreme effect.

I personally think these are even better than Krispie Kremes- the dough is light and airy and the glaze give a pleasing sugary shell which shatters nicely when you bite in, and also serves to keep them fresh until the next day – genius!

Enjoy 🙂

Krispie Kreme Doughnuts

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

makes about 18-20 mini doughnuts

2 tbsp caster sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp dried yeast

1 tbsps melted dairy-free margarine

1 and 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

for the glaze:

2 cups icing sugar

2 tbsp dairy-free milk

1 tbsp golden or maple syrup

  1. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Stir in the caster sugar. Add the yeast to one side of the bowl and the salt to the other.
  2. Pour in the melted margarine and water
  3. Bring together to form a dough, knead until smooth.
  4. Cover the bowl and let rise for an hour or two
  5. Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick and cut out circles or rings with cutters.
  6. Place on a floured baking sheet. Cover and leave to prove for an extra 15 minutes
  7. Bring a pan of flavourless oil up to heat (360 degrees Centigrade – it’s the right temperature when a piece of bread bubbles on contact)
  8. Deep fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time until well browned all over. this will take a minute or two on each side.
  9. Drain on paper towels
  10. Make the glaze by heating all the ingredients in the microwave for 30 seconds, then whisking until smooth.
  11. Roll the warm doughnuts in the glaze until fully covered, then place on a wire rack to set.
  12. Eat as soon as possible!

Maple glazed spiced doughnuts

 

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I love getting requests and this week I was asked for doughnuts, which gave me the perfect opportunity to get all experimental with flavours and designs – bliss!

I’ve had a really good quality bottle of maple syrup in the cupboard for a while and it’s been begging me to be used in other ways than poured over waffles (recipe coming soon!) or yogurt, so that had to feature, and a maple syrup glaze sounded rather tempting! Since maple syrup has a mellow sweetness I’ve given the actual doughnuts a subtle spice to give an overall warm cosines – it is still wintery after all, so any warmth and goodness is most welcome.

I’m particuarly pleased with this riff on my usual baked doughnut recipe – the flavours work really well and the maple glazed has a wonderful soft bite which is perfect for a doughnut. I was worried that they’d look a little anaemic as the icing is a syrupy tan colour on a golden doughnut, so a sprinkle of adornments definitely adds to the overall look.

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Maple Glazed Spiced Doughnuts

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

vegan maple glazed doughnuts

Makes 20 doughnuts

3 cups self-raising flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 cup soft brown sugar

1/4 cup caster sugar

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup dairy-free margarine, melted

5 tbsp of aquafaba (water from a tin of chickpeas or beans)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp mixed spice

1 cup dairy-free milk

  1. Grease your doughnut pan (or follow the instructions here if you don’t own one) and preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients and pour into the dry. Gently mix until fully combined.
  3. Pipe or spoon into the tin
  4. Bake for 7-10 minutes until well risen and a knife comes out clean. Remove  from the tins and cool.

baked dairy-free egg-free donuts

for the icing:

2 cups icing sugar, sifted

50g dairy free margarine, melted

 

100ml maple syrup

  1. Whisk together then use to coat the doughnuts and sprinkle with decorations.

vegan maple glazed donuts

Biscoff Filled Spiced Doughnuts

 

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Are doughnuts the ultimate naughty, sweet treat? There’s something about them that screams crazy overindulgence – the sugar, the filing, the fact they’re fried! And, it’s national doughnut week [if I was looking for an excuse to make some more!]

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Little S is off on a school residential trip this week, it’s the longest she’s ever been away from home, and we’ve really been missing her and her amazing positive energy that keeps us all buzzy and upbeat! Also, we’ve obviously been worried about food – the centre were very on the case and reassured me before she went, but you can’t help wondering if she is actually eating anything, or brave enough to trust someone else’s food….

Anyway, she’s home tomorrow (at last) and so I just had to create a special treat to welcome her back home, where she belongs. And so evolved this batch of super ‘naughty but nice’ Lotus spread filled (or jam for any traditionalists) spiced doughnuts, a proper treat to great the smallest member of the family back home 🙂

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These beauties are proper handful sized doughnuts, spiced with wonderful Speculaas Spice and then filed with smooth Caramelised Lotus Biscoff spread keeping the mellow spiced theme – utter delight!

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Filled Spiced Doughnuts

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

makes about 8

1 cup water

1/2 tbsp dried yeast

2 tbsps melted dairy-free margarine, such as Pure

3 cups plain flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp speculaas spice or cinnamon

1/4 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup smooth Lotus Biscoff spread or seedless raspberry jam to fill

1/2 cup caster sugar, to roll in

lotus filled egg-free doughnuts

  1. Mix together the water and melted margarine
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon
  3. Stir in the 1/4 cup caster sugar
  4. Pour in the water mixture and bring together to form a soft dough
  5. Cover the bowl and let rise for an hour or two
  6. Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick and cut out circles or rings with cutters.
  7. Place on a floured baking sheet. Cover and leave to prove for an extra 15 minutes

vegan fried donuts

  1. Bring a pan of flavourless oil up to heat (180 degrees centigrade – it’s the right temperature when a piece of bread bubbles on contact)
  2. Deep fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time until well browned all over
  3. Drain on paper towels
  4. Roll in the sugar whilst still warm.
  5. To fill the doughnuts – once cool, make a small hole in one side and pipe in some lotus spread or raspberry jam.

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Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts

 

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Soft baked richly chocolatey doughnuts, smothered in a mirror shiny deeply chocolatey glaze – surely a temptation to anyone?

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Our house has been riddled with the most awful flu for the last couple of weeks – the girls have had loads of time off school unable to do anything but lie on the sofa and watch TV, and even now we’ve turned the corner to recovery they still don’t have any appetite or much strength. So, as we’ve been stuck in, I’ve been on a mission to cook things they might fancy to eat – things to tempt them to reignite their appetites and regain all that lost strength. We’ve had sweet corn chowder, savoury scones, homemade gingerbread, noodles and potato croquettes – small bites have been had, but nothing has really done the trick to re-fire the appetite. Until now! These doughnuts, with their stunning shiny glaze did the trick – at last, a small amount was wolfed down in seconds!

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Chocolate Glazed Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

dairy-free baked chocolate donuts

Makes 12

2 cups self-raising flour

3/4 cup caster sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup dairy-free milk

5 tbsp aquafaba (the water from a tin of beans or pulses)

2 tbsp dairy-free margarine, melted

1/2 tsp chocolate essence (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade
  2. Grease a doughnut pan, or follow this method to use a normal muffin tray
  3. Mix together the four, bicarbonate, salt, cocoa and sugar
  4. Pour in the milk, melted margarine, aquafaba and essence and mix to form a smooth very runny dough.
  5. Fill the doughnut pan, I find it easiest to use a piping bag
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes until well risen and a knife comes out clean
  7. Cool on a wire rack

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For the glaze:

1 cup icing sugar

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp dairy-free milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

  1. Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa.
  2. Whisk in the milk and essence to form a glossy, smooth icing.
  3. Spread on each doughnut and leave to set. Sprinkle with grated white chocolate, mini chocolate  chips or sprinkles, if desired.

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Sugar coated baked cinnamon doughnut rings

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Iced doughnuts are one thing, but sugar coated rings are the stuff of memories and traditions ( well for me anyway!) – it’s those sugar coated rings that are used for traditional party games such as eating doughnuts without licking your lips and without hands when they’re hanging in strings – to me they seem more evocative.

egg-free sugar donuts

I was so happy with the results from by baked doughnuts, that I rushed out and bought a doughnut tin; I just couldn’t resist making more doughnuts and this time in perfect little rings! While this recipe may only be a small riff on the original baked doughnut recipe, I think it’s worth posting – the added cinnamon gives a lovely warmth, but careful don’t add too much or the delicate doughnut taste will be lost forever! Most recipes I’ve come across brush the bake doughnuts with butter (dairy-free in my case, obviously!) before rolling in sugar (has to be caster in my opinion) but I found that gives a greasy feel which I wanted to avoid. So I brushed my doughnuts with a thin water icing of 4 tbsp of water to 1/2  cup icing sugar) and then rolled them in the caster sugar. This gave a lovely, slightly crisp exterior and ensured the sugar to stayed in place.

These doughnuts keep ok, they’re definitely best eaten on the day made as they tend to soften and the sugar on the outside starts to seep into the middle, but if you’re happy with a softer doughnut then they’re good for a couple of days ( if they last that long!)

Mini Baked Cinnamon Sugar coated Doughnuts

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

vegan baked sugar coated doughnuts

Makes 20 mini doughnuts

3 cups self-raising flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

3/4 cup caster sugar

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup dairy-free margarine, melted

5 tbsp of aquafaba (the water from a tin of beans or chickpeas)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup dairy-free milk

  1. Grease your pan, place foil tubes in the centre of each and preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients and pour into the dry. Gently mix until fully combined.
  3. Pipe or spoon into the tin
  4. Bake for 7-10 minutes until well risen and a knife comes out clean. Remove  from the tins and cool.

baked doughnut rings, egg-free

for the coating:

1/2 cup icing sugar

4 tbsps water

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

coating doughnuts in sugar

  1. Mix together the water and icing sugar to form a thin icing. Pour the caster sugar and cinnamon (if using) into a shallow bowl.
  2. Brush each doughnut with a thin coating of the water icing and then coat in the sugar
  3. Leave to set on a wire rack

dairy-free sugar coated donut

Mini Berliner style Doughnuts

IMG_5788 Friday after school always calls for a proper sweet treat. A ‘well done the week’s over and welcome to the weekend’ kind of treat. Doughnuts must be the ultimate naughty treat – deep-fried, sugar-coated, jam-filled bites of pure naughtiness, and so totally perfect for welcoming in the weekend! These mini Berliners are filled with blackcurrant jam whereas more traditionally it would be raspberry.

The yeast risen dough is light and fluffy with a crisp outer and I was informed that they are doughnut perfection! Who needs eggs and dairy when the results without are as good as this. Sadly, I didn’t quite achieve the white ring around the diameter of the doughnut for true Berliner style – any advice on how to achieve would be gratefully received. Warning: don’t eat too many at once, although you may find it hard to stop!IMG_5785 Mini Berliner Style Doughnuts (dairy-free, egg-fre, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan) IMG_5782 makes about 20

  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp hand-hot water
  • 1/2 tbsp dried fast action yeast
  • 2 tbsps melted dairy-free spread, such as Pure
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • Seedless raspberry jam to fill
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar, to roll in

– Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, yeast and cinnamon (if using)

– Stir in the 1/3 cup caster sugar

– Pour in the water and melted spread and bring together to form a soft dough. Knead well. Cover the bowl and let rise for an hour or two

– Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick and cut out circles and place on a floured baking sheet. Cover and leave to prove for an extra 15 minutes

– Bring 5cm/2 inches of flavourless oil up to temperature (it’s the right temperature when a piece of bread bubbles on contact)

– Deep fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time until well browned all over then drain on paper towels. Roll in the sugar whilst still warm.

– To fill the jam doughnuts: once cool, make a small hole in one side and pipe in some smooth blackcurrant jam. IMG_5781

Almost Instant Chocolate Doughnuts

 

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This recipe was inspired by a vegan donut recipe by Jamie Oliver. Some people are really down on Jamie, but I think he’s great – when he came along he was totally unique and makes such accessible and delicious food without fuss. I also applaud the fact that he has recently started producing egg/dairy-free/vegan recipes. There is perhaps a bit of ‘brand Jamie’ overload but it’s hard not to like the guy.

Anyway, his recipe inspired me to whip up a batch of these little cocoa scented doughnuts for a Friday after-school treat. I wouldn’t say they’re a patch on ‘proper’ yeast-risen doughnuts but for an almost instant version they’re a pretty good alternative. It’s really of prime importance that the oil is the right temperature exactly: 375 degrees F or 180 degrees C, or the little fried balls of dough will be either greasy, or bullet-hard with raw centres – really not nice!

Almost Instant Chocolate Doughnuts (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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makes about 18

  • 50g or 1/4 cup dairy-free spread
  • 120 ml or 3/4 cup dairy-free milk
  • 220g or 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g/1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

– Combine the dry ingredients
– Melt together the spread and milk
– Pour into the dry and mix to form a soft but fairly dry dough
– Roll into walnut sized balls
– Heat the oil
– Then fry the balls for about 1.5 minutes on each side until good through
– Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately roll in the sugar

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Doughnut muffins

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Doughnuts (or donuts) – probably the ultimate non-healthy comfort food. Not many people can resist the allure of a fresh sugar and cinnamon sprinkled donut. How about a healthier, simpler baked muffin version? Just as irresistible but not quite so naughty? Now, that is a good idea!

Donut muffins may not be a new concept to you, but they are to me! These easy to make little beauties are light and fluffy but all the sugary sweet spice of a good donut. I can think of many scenarios where these would be just right – breakfast, lunch, tea, snack or supper. I reckon these will become a bit of a regular staple in this household.

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Donut Muffins (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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  • 1 – 2 tsp cinnamon, depending on taste
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup cornflour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free spread
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup dairy-free yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup dairy-free milk, I use Oatly oat milk

 

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade/Gas Mark 4
– Fill a cupcake tray with liners
– In a small bowl, mix together the 2 tsp cinnamon and 2 tbsp caster sugar
– Sift together the flour, cornflour, baking powder and 1 tsp cinnamon
– Mix together the yogurt, vanilla, lemon juice and oat milk. Set aside.
– Cream together the dairy free spread and caster sugar until light and fluffy
– Alternately add some of the dry and wet ingredients until they’re all used up and you have a nice smooth, silky batter
– Fill the muffins liners, 2/3rds full
– Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mix over the top of the muffins
– Bake for 18-20 minutes until the muffins have risen nicely and are cooked through (a knife/skewer comes out clean)
– Cool on a wire rack.

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Chocolate-glazed ‘Krispy Kreme’ style vegan Doughnuts

This is nothing more than a naughty, unnecessary indulgence – but hey, why shouldn’t those who avoid dairy, eggs and nuts get to shamelessly indulge from time to time? Or more often than from time to time – see also my jam/jelly-filled ones.

These glazed doughnuts are not far off that ultimate sinful treat, ‘the Krispy Kreme donut’ with a thin, chocolate glaze than hardens on contact, producing a pretty shiny treat. What else can you do but quote Homer Simpson at this point: “Mmmmmm, donuts!”

Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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makes about 12

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 cup hand-hot water
  • 1/2 tbsp dried yeast
  • 2 tbsps melted dairy-free spread, such as Pure
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar

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For the chocolate glaze

  • 2 tbsps dairy-free spread
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsps oat milk
  • 2 tbsps cocoa powder

– Mix together the 1 tbsp caster sugar, warm water and yeast. Set aside to get foamy.
– Then add the melted dairy-free spread
– Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon
– Stir in the 1/4 cup caster sugar
– Pour in the yeasty water mixture and bring together to form a soft dough
– Cover the bowl and let rise for an hour or two
– Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick and cut out circles or rings with cutters.
– Place on a floured baking sheet. Cover and leave to prove for an extra 15 minutes
– Bring a pan of flavourless oil up to heat (it’s the right temperature when a piece of bread bubbles on contact)
– Deep fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time until well browned all over
– Drain on paper towels

To make the glaze, melt together the dairy-free spread, sugar and vanilla. Then stir in the oat milk and cocoa powder. Dip in the doughnuts and sprinkle with sprinkles before the glaze sets

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Doughnuts, vegan-style

We seem to have been coming across a lot of ‘out of bounds’ doughnuts recently. Little S went to a lovely forest party where the children got to eat doughnuts dangling off strings (no hands), she definitely felt rather excluded as she couldn’t join in the fun. Then more doughnuts were offered as the ‘most desirable possible’ prizes in a school assembly a few days later. Again, neither of my girls could participate.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am on a mission to enable those with food allergies (starting with my own children) to not miss out on any experience. So I just had to make some home-made doughnuts!

Healthy, they ain’t! But they are authentic, sugary sweet rings and jam -filled doughnuts.

Doughnuts (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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makes about 12

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 cup hand-hot water
  • 1/2 tbsp dried yeast
  • 2 tbsps melted dairy-free spread, such as Pure
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • Seedless raspberry jam to fill
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar, to roll in

– Mix together the 1 tbsp caster sugar, warm water and yeast. Set aside to get foamy.
– Then add the melted dairy-free spread
– Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon
– Stir in the 1/4 cup caster sugar
– Pour in the yeasty water mixture and bring together to form a soft dough
– Cover the bowl and let rise for an hour or two
– Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick and cut out circles or rings with cutters.
– Place on a floured baking sheet. Cover and leave to prove for an extra 15 minutes
– Bring a pan of flavourless oil up to heat (it’s the right temperature when a piece of bread bubbles on contact)
– Deep fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time until well browned all over
– Drain on paper towels
– Roll in the sugar whilst still warm.
– To fill the jam doughnuts – once cool, make a small hole in one side and pipe in some raspberry jam.

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