Gluten free churro donut rings | rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with whipped cream, Waitrose fruity confetti sprinkles and fresh raspberries

Gluten Free Churro Donut Rings

Yes, after a few weeks break I’m back on the choux pastry obsession… 😛 And as promised since I made churro donut holes, here’s my proper churro donut rings version at last! 🍩

They’re a bit more time consuming to prepare because the dough has to be piped into ring shape and frozen before frying (otherwise it’s too soft and impossible to handle – trust me, I tried and it was a complete mess! lol), but my god are they worth the extra hassle! If you miss ‘proper’ fried donuts that melt in your mouth, then this is it guys!

For years I’ve tried following ‘normal’ gluten free donut recipes and they never turn out quite right… But the churro version is sensational and as close as it gets in my opinion!

Gluten free churro donut rings rolled in cinnamon sugar.

And it’s easy, really. Churros are choux pastry based and in case you didn’t know already, it’s incredibly simple to make and takes no more than 5-10 minutes. As long as you have the patience to let your churro donut rings freeze for a few hours or overnight. And if not, then you can always make churro donut holes instead {recipe here} which is just as tasty, quicker!

I made these into birthday doughnuts for my boyfriend instead of cake – topped with hazelnut flavoured whipped cream, Waitrose fruity confetti sprinkles and fresh raspberry – and it was a complete success. 🙌 They were so soft, light and airy and the toppings were a perfect combination.

Gluten free churro donut rings | rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with whipped cream, Waitrose fruity confetti sprinkles and fresh raspberries

Gluten Free Churro Donut Rings Recipe:

Gluten Free Churro Donut Rings
 
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How to make gluten free churro donut rings a.k.a. proper fried melt in your mouth donuts that taste just like the 'real' thing!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Spanish / Portuguese
Serves: 6-7 doughnuts
Ingredients
For the gluten free churro doughnuts:
  • 85g gluten free self-raising flour (I used Doves Farm)
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
To deep fry:
  • Cooking oil of your choice
For the sugar coating:
  • Caster sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
For the whipped cream:
  • 200ml double cream or whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or any flavouring)
Notes
COOKING TEMPERATURE: 175C to 190C (345F to 375F)

COOKING TIME: 7 to 8 minutes per batch

Directions

Prepare the choux pastry:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the milk and butter into a saucepan and melt slowly on low/medium heat, stirring constantly. Then once you reach a very light boil, turn the heat off.
  3. Immediately pour the dry ingredients into the sauce pan and stir until the dough comes together. Then transfer it back into the mixing bowl and leave it to cool down for a few minutes.
  4. Once the dough has cooled down (it should be lukewarm), add the eggs and mix with an electric hand mixer (with mixing paddle attachments; not whisks) on low speed. You can also use a spoon, but be warned that it takes a lot longer! Af first it will look curdled/lumpy, but keep on mixing until smooth. Note: don’t skip over the cooling part; you don’t want the heat to start cooking the eggs.
    Gluten free choux pastry making process

 

Prepare the churro donut rings:

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Transfer the dough into a piping bag with a large nozzle and pipe it into rings on the baking tray (see pictures further below).
  3. Wet your hands (shake off any excess) and shape the doughnut rings with your fingers, making sure to close them off properly and smooth any cracks.
  4. Cover with cling film and place in the freezer for a few hours or overnight, until frozen solid.

 

Cook the churro donut rings:

  1. Heat the oil to 180C (355F). If you’re using a pan instead of a deep fryer, pour in about 2 inches of oil and try to get the temperature to stabilise somewhere around 175C to 190C (345F to 375F) using a cooking thermometer (you’ll have to play around with the temperature to keep adjusting it throughout the cooking process).
  2. Once you reach the correct temperature, gently lower the frozen churro donut rings into the hot oil and fry for 7 to 8 minutes, turning them over from time to time, until they turn a dark golden brown. Note: only cook two or three at a time to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  3. Roll the freshly cooked churro donut holes in a mixture of sugar and ground cinnamon.Gluten free churro donut rings | cooking process

 

Decorate the churro donut rings

  1. Add the whipped cream ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer on low speed until it forms soft peaks. Then transfer the whipped cream into a piping bag and pipe neatly over the donuts. Or you can spoon it on the donuts to save time, of course.
  2. Add any sprinkles or toppings of your choice.
  3. Or add any icing of your choice.

Gluten free churro donut rings rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with whipped cream and Waitrose fruit confetti sprinklesGluten free churro donut rings | rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with whipped cream, Waitrose fruity confetti sprinkles and fresh raspberries

Enjoy!

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