By using Otto’s cassava flour, these cake donuts are thick and cake-like. The same consistency as if they were made using wheat flour.
We walked up to their table together, on the expo floor, and they were preparing Paleo tortillas with their cassava flour.
Funny enough, that is exactly what I was preparing on the cooking demo stage. The only difference being my recipe uses tapioca flour, which is the bleached and extracted starch. As opposed to this cassava flour, which is a whole food; the entire root, minus the peel.
I was quite impressed with the consistency of their tortilla and decided I wanted to play around with the flour some more.
At the time they were offering free shipping to anyone who placed an order at the conference. How could I pass up the option of not having to carry an additional 2lbs home with me in my carry-on?
So, I placed my order and by the time we arrived back home, there was a brand new bag of Otto’s Cassava flour there waiting for me.
Unfortunately, we were only home for a week after we came home from Austin and before we left on our SPYR road trip, so I didn’t have enough time to really dig in and get the chance to play with the flour until now.
A Donut Weekend
For some reason, I woke up Sunday morning craving donuts.
How I Make A New Recipe
I thought it might be interesting to walk you through the process I used to create this recipe.
The first decision I needed to make was whether I wanted donuts or donut holes. I went with donuts.
The next thing I did was hit up Google for some recipe research and inspiration. I started with a quick google search of donut recipe and doughnut recipe just to refresh my memory on how a regular donut is made.
After reading through a few different recipes, I then decided I didn’t want to use yeast. That resulted in a new Google search: donut recipe no yeast. After reading through several of those recipes I got an idea for the direction I wanted to go.
My next decision was to determine what flavor I wanted to tackle. Naturally, I decided on chocolate cake.
With a basic idea of what a regular donut recipe consists of and the inspiration of the Krispy Kreme Chocolate Cake donut, I went to the kitchen to gather ingredients.
I knew I wanted to use Otto’s Cassava flour so I pulled that out first. The flour substitutes 1:1 for wheat flour so I didn’t have to test out quantities for my recipe (and that was one less variable to worry about!).
Next came some substitutions to the general donut recipe to make it paleo and work with what I had on hand. First up, a substitution for baking powder.
How To Make Baking Powder
If you don’t have baking powder, that’s no problem because you can make it yourself!
For example if you mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar you’ve got yourself some homemade baking powder.
Once I had my baking powder set, I needed a substitution for buttermilk. That’s where the coconut milk mixed with fresh squeezed lemon juice came into play.
Of course I wasn’t going to use regular sugar, so I substituted with coconut sugar but when everything was said and done, the batter tasted like it was missing something so I added honey to sweeten it up.
With all my ingredients ready to roll, and the oven already preheating, we turned on our phone and started broadcasting on Periscope.
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