Old-fashioned donuts like these gluten free yeast-raised doughnuts are meant to be fried, not baked. They’re a shadow of their best selves when baked. Just be sure your oil is hot enough, and the doughnuts won’t absorb much oil at all.
Oil that is not quite clean is best for frying. Frying a few chunks of old bread in the oil before using it for the doughnuts will help all of your doughnuts come out golden brown and delicious. They brown quickly.
So light and airy.
Don’t forget to fry the holes. Holes are doughnuts, too. Maybe make a few heart-shaped doughnuts.
2 tablespoons (42g) Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or honey)
2 to 4 tablespoons water
In the bowl of your stand mixer, place 2 1/2 cups flour, the xanthan gum, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda and sugar. Whisk to combine well. Add the yeast and optional nutmeg, and whisk again to combine well. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the vinegar and the eggs, and mix to combine.In a small saucepan over a medium-low flame, heat the milk and butter, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted and the milk begins to simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool a bit until it reaches about 110° F.
With the mixer on low, add the melted butter and milk in a slow, steady stream until the liquid is absorbed by the dry ingredients. The dough will be very wet. With the mixture on the lowest speed, add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of flour, 1 at a time, mixing well in between additions until the dough comes together more. It should still be wet and sticky if you touch it with your hands, but it should be easy to scrape it off the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula (see photo). You may not need both tablespoons of flour.
Turn the dough out onto a sheet of unbleached parchment paper. Top with another sheet of parchment paper and roll about 1/2 inch thick (see photo). Remove the top sheet of parchment, and dust the dough very lightly with a bit more flour (see photo). Flour well a doughnut cutter, and cut the dough into doughnut shapes. Transfer the dough cut-outs to a rimmed baking sheet, separating the doughnut shapes from the holes. Gather scraps and reroll, then cut more shapes. Place the baking sheets in a warm, draft-free spot and allow to rise until about 150% of their original size (see photos). The dough should mostly rise vertically rather than spreading horizontally too much.
In a large, heavy-bottom stock pot, heat at least 2 inches of oil to about 350 degrees F. Once the oil reaches temperature, fry a few old chunks of bread in the oil. They will blacken pretty quickly. Discard them. Fry doughnuts and holes in the hot oil in small batches, about 1 minute (or less) per side, until golden brown all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack lined with paper towels.
While the doughnuts are cooling briefly, make the glaze. In a small-to-medium-sized bowl, place the confectioner’s sugar. Add the syrup or honey, and mix to combine into a thick paste. Add water, a tablespoon at a time, and mix well until you have achieved a smooth and thickly pourable glaze. Dip the top of each doughnut and doughnut hole in the glaze. Right the doughnuts and return to the wire rack to set.