I received a couple of food orientated books for Christmas, and this was one of them.
I am a huge fan of Ashley’s blog – Edible Perspective. There aren’t any of her recipes that I have made that I haven’t liked. She also makes me look at my own baking in a different way, for example, do I have to use a pre-blended gluten-free flour all the time? Could I use other flours instead? And sugar and butter, are they necessary or could I use healthier alternatives?
Needless to say I was very excited to finally get my hands on her book. And I was lucky enough to get a mini doughnut pan to go along with it (how frustrating would it have been to have the book and nothing to bake the doughnuts in!)
The book is divided into chapters that cover everything from doughnut shop standbys to fragrant & spiced delights, such as chai spiced doughnuts. Classic combinations to savoury doughnuts, such as garlic cheddar herb doughnuts and even healthier versions, such as grain free orange almond chai doughnuts. There really is something for everyone.
The recipes are easy to follow and not at all intimidating.
The majority of the recipes use oat flour along with sweet rice flour. If you are unfortunately sensitive to oats, then the number of choices you have is limited. That said, there is nothing to stop you experimenting with alternatives. There are helpful sections about the ingredients and tips and hints.
In the end I went for the jelly (jam) filled doughnuts and the rocky road ones. I don’t feel that I can accurately give an opinion on the jam ones as I under-baked them slightly and they were a little doughy. Another five minutes in the oven and it may have been a different story. The rocky road ones on the other hand – delicious!
This book is a worthwhile addition to my ever-growing cook-book collection.