See you around,
Happy #nationaldoughnutday everyone! I’ll admit I’m a sucker for a silly “holiday” like national talk like a pirate day or grilled cheese day. They always sneak up on me though, except for doughnut day! I’ve been planning these babies all week long.
I tried to simplify the recipe as much as possible because, well my toddler keeps me busy! The flavor is nice and well rounded, the crumb is tender and they are, forgive me if this word makes you cringe, moist.
You can substitute mashed banana for the applesauce. Depending on your banana sweetness you may need to reduce your sugar.
Gluten/Dairy Free Mini Doughnuts
1/2 melted coconut oil
1 cup applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 potato starch
1/2 brown rice flour
1/4 sea salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp xantham gum
1/2-2/3 cup organic sugar (use the former if you’re going to frost them, I didn’t and they were pretty sweet. Which is fine if you only eat one 😂)
1. Blend all ingredients in blender just until smooth.
2. Follow your mini dough maker directions for baking. I used a melon baller to scoop batter. Let cool before icing.
2 parts powder sugar
1 part cocoa powder
Milk of choice as needed (1-2 tablespoons)
1. Started with 1 tablespoon of milk stir until smooth and consistency of pancake batter. Let stand 5 minutes before using.
2. Dip tops of doughnuts in icing. Set aside to harden.
The chewy and bready crust, tart tomato sauce, a variety of toppings, oozing cheese…but when you’re gluten, dairy and most nuts free you have to give it up right? Wrong! You can have an amazing pizza for far cheaper than a personal size frozen one. We made 2 pizzas for under $10 and I used lots of organic ingredients!
The “cheese” sauce is made from soaked RAW (don’t use roasted) sunflower seeds! It is so good you might eat it with a spoon. I won’t judge. I kept on dipping my finger in and then would yell from the kitchen at the hubby “it tastes like cheese! Cheese!” Vegans are so creative! Ceara from Ceara’s Kitchen is brilliant, I can’t wait to try her other recipes.
If you want your pizza to be vegan use an egg substitute in the crust and don’t put meat on top (duh. Unless it’s meatless meat, then un-duh). Maybe toss on some drained canned chickpeas mixed with some hotsauce or something. Hotsauce is usually the answer. Or chocolate cake. Just not together 😉
|| Pizza crust ||
inspired by this recipe
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 teaspoons yeast
1 1/3 cups tapioca flour
1/3 cup each sorghum flour and potato starch (not potato flour)
2/3 cup of brown rice flour
1 1/2 tablespoons of xantham gum
1 teaspoon of salt
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon each of dried onion, basil and oregano
2 eggs (or equal substitute)
1/4 cup of olive or avocado oil
1. Mix water, sugar or honey, and yeast together in a 4 cup bowls.
2. Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl of stand mixer.
3. The yeast water should be bubbly by 5 minutes. Add eggs and oil to the yeast water, then pour in mixer bowl when beating at medium speed.
4. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes, then cover the bowl and allow to rise for 15 minutes.
5. While dough is rising preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and prepare your toppings.
6. Place parchment paper over a baking sheet, using a spatula or damp fingers spread half of the dough into a large circle. Add toppings and bake for 10-14 minutes until the crust is cooked and all toppings are heated through. Allow to cool before slicing.
|| Tomato sauce ||
2 cups of whole peeled tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon each of basil and oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Blend all ingredients until smooth
1 batch was enough for 2 pizza plus some leftover.
|| “Cheese” sauce ||
Follow the recipe or cheat like I did and omit the caramelized onions, omit veggie broth (didn’t have any on hand), add dehydrated onions and salt to taste, add garlic, use dehydrated potatoes, and blend without cooking. 1 batch was enough for 2 pizza plus some leftover.
|| Toppings shown for 2 pizzas ||
Chicken apple sausage (3-4 links), sliced
8 mushrooms, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
Large handful of kalamata olives, sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced.
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Hello! I’ve been posting more on Instagram lately as it’s easier to snap a photo and go when you’re busy with a baby all day. I must be taking a lot of pictures because she’ll recognize the sound of my phone’s camera and smile! She’s been really interested in different sounds lately and loves to investigate.
Pull up a cup of ☕️ and sit down with this lovely 1 skein hat pattern! This week’s featured gift suggestion is my Charli Lace Hat and it’s on sale until Friday for only $3. It’s somewhere in between a slouchy hat and a beanie so it’s an easy style to wear.
Are you ready to get started? Well there’s no time like the present 😉
✂️ The pattern link! ✂️
Oh and last but not least, here’s a perfectly pinnable collage to share 📌
All photos were taken by the amazing Sweet River Photography
She enjoys making silly faces for selfies already! What have I done? Haha.
I’ve had 2 crochet patterns published this year in Quick Crocheted Accessories by Sharon Zientara
First off is my Floret Cloche. From the book “This fun-to-stitch hat gets its unique construction from one of designer
Jessica Bolof’s first crochet projects: a dishcloth pattern her great aunt
Dolores loved to make by the dozen to give away as gifts. Since only a
wee bit of the contrasting colors of yarn is used to create the flower, you could easily make several hats by simply rotating the color that’s used for the main body and the embellishments.”
Second is my Enmeshed Cowl from the book “This luxurious cowl works up quickly in alternating columns of double, triple, and half double crochet separated by triple crochet sections. This project actually uses less than one skein of yarn, so you could easily lengthen the cowl to suit your taste.”
I hope you get a chance to check out the book, there’s so many great designs to crochet! It can be found at most yarn shops, major retailers and on Amazon. Baby woke from her nap and is ready to play so that’s all for today!
Did you make or attend a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings? Bake a pizza instead?
We had a lovely gluten, dairy, and corn free turkey dinner with some of my family. I was elated to find a soft dinner roll recipe that we all could eat! The biggest hits were the chicken apple sausage stuffing made with some easy artisan bread, and green bean casserole with a roasted garlic cashew cream sauce studded with sauteed mushrooms and topped with caramelized onions.
In honor of being thankful and Small Business Saturday I’ve put together a sale. There’s no need to fight the crowds on this one, and you can participate anywhere. What can be better than shopping in PJ’s at home for patterns?
I wanted to get a bit personal here and talk about one of my favorite charities, Union Gospel Mission. What does UGM do? Straight from their website
UGM states their core values as:
I hope you are wondering how you can help. UGM is looking for more blankets (Amazon has a special price for the right kind of blankets!), mens socks, and for food items such as: