These Gluten-Free Sufganiyot are one of my absolute favorite desserts ever!!
Ever since I adopted a gluten-free lifestyle 4+ years ago, I have not had the luxury of eating the classic indulgent sufganiyah each year on Chanukah. This year I made it my mission to change the sad reality that as a gluten-free eater fried jelly donuts aren't an option. So, I tested two recipes, and somehow, after the second try, my donuts came out phenomenal! For real! These fried gluten-free sufganiyot are heavenly! All you gluten-free eaters rejoice because now you can make the easiest, super delicious sufganiyot that are gluten-free!
These gluten-free sufganiyot are made similar to regular ones, but there are a few differences. Let's walk through all the steps and I'm going to throw in some tips and tricks to making the perfect donuts.
To make these donuts, just like most donut recipes, the yeast, warm water, and sugar are combined. Very easy! Next, all the liquid ingredients are whisked together in a bowl of a stand mixer. You add the yeast mixture to the liquid and mix to combine.
The next few ingredient are very important. These ingredients are crucial to making this gluten-free donut taste like the real deal. What are they?
- Tapioca Starch
- White Rice Flour
- Xanthan Gum
(You'll also add salt, but it's not as crucial as those top three ;-))
After adding the top three crucial ingredients, along with the salt, into the liquid mixture it's time to whisk everything together.
Keep in mind, the donut mixture will NOT look like your typical donut dough. Actually, it will look like a super thick batter. You're probably wondering how this funny looking batter will be turned into donuts.... no worries! A piping bag or plastic bag is now you're BFF during this donut making process.
Prepare a piping bag fitted with a large circle tip, or snip the corner off of a gallon ziplock bag. Fill the bag with batter and pipe large mounds onto parchment paper squares. Yes, I said it. Each mound of batter should have its own parchment paper square. You'll need about ten 3" x 3" (doesn't need to be so exact) squares of parchment.
Once all the dough is piped, freeze it for 1 hour. Defrost for 30 minutes. Fry it all up!
A few tips for frying these fabulous gluten-free sufganiyot:
- ALWAYS use a candy thermometer when frying to check the temperature of the oil. The oil shouldn't be too hot (very dangerous) or too cold.
- Keep the oil around 350℉. If the temperature drops too much, allow the oil to get hotter again before frying more donuts.
- Don't over-crowd the pan with donuts. I recommend frying 2-3 donuts at a time; no more than that!
- After frying and the oil is FULLY cooled off, don't pour the oil down your sink. Transfer the oil to a gallon or 2-gallon ziplock bag and zip it up tight. Then, place the ziplock into another grocery bag and place in the garbage.
Now that you've got the whole step by step process laid out for you, I hope you feel super confident to make these donuts. If you are gluten-free, I promise you that they will be a game changer for you.
If anyone is wondering what exactly what a "Sufganiyah" is, and why I'm making them, here's a super quick explanation: Sufganiyot (plural) and sufganiyah (singular) are the fried donuts that are eaten on Chanukkah. On the holiday of Chanukkah, we traditionally eat Sufganiyot since they are an oily food and we are supposed to remember the miracle of the oil lasting. There's a ton more information about Chanukah online if you are interested in learning more.
Also, make the donuts the day that you plan to serve them. They are best on the first day! If you want to eat the donuts after the first day, heat your donut in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. They will be tasty from the microwave but not as good they will taste on Day #1.
I wouldn't say this for most of my recipes, but if you plan to make these donuts I highly recommend that you watch the full Youtube video. It's a bit long, but it's very informative and I mention a few important tips along the way. Click here to watch the video.
Love these Gluten-Free Sufganiyot?? Here are more delicious gluten free recipes:
- Apple Pie Honey Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
- Dark Chocolate Orange Cake
- Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Recipe adapted from imglutenfree.com