Last week or so Andy was missing cider doughnuts. I never had them, but he did. When I ask him where he had them he says, "the northeast." This frustrates me because I think of myself as being from the northeast, even though technically I'm not. I'm from Maryland, which is just south of Mason-Dixon line. Still I think Annapolis feels like the northeast, like some suburbs of Philadelphia (Andy and I met in college in Philadelphia), and Newport, Rhode Island, for example. But he is, or was, more of a northeasterner than I am. I never heard of cider doughnuts or pirogies (until college). I go to the "grocery store," not "the market" (unless it's the farmers market). I wear tennis shoes (pronounced, "tenni-shoes") not "sneakers." I use maple "surup", not syrup. And so on, and so on.
|Lakeside Farm donut truck sign, Ballston Lake, NY. Andy took this photo when we were in New York for his sister's wedding in October 2012.|
But back to the doughnuts. I didn't have the time or the patience to make cider doughnuts ;-) So I made cinnamon cake bites, which are the size of a doughnut hole. At least I think they are. I haven't actually even seen a doughnut hole in practically 10 years now. Anyway, you get the idea. I hope you like them.
Cinnamon Cake Bites
gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
1/4 cup arrowroot flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 & 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup palm shortening (I buy in bulk from Tropical Traditions. A small tub is on iHerb)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon vanilla liquid stevia
about 1/3 cup coconut sugar
water to wet the cake tops slightly
1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2) Whisk together the dry ingredients, and in a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients with an electric mixer.
3) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients then blend with an electric mixer.
4) Use a 3/4 oz (size 40) scoop with a lever or your hands to make the balls, and put them on a cookie sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper.
5) Bake for about 15 minutes.
6) Add some water to a small bowl, and some coconut sugar to another small bowl.
7) When the cake bites are cool enough to touch, dip them into the water and then press them firmly into the sugar. (The water is just to help the sugar stick).
8) When all of the bites have coconut sugar tops turn the oven to broil, and put them under the broiler for about a minute to slightly melt the sugar. Keep a close eye on them the whole time.
9) Enjoy warm.