This could be proof the world is going to end – I’m posting 2 dessert recipes in a row!! Something is definitely up with the universe. But it’s Christmastime and I’ve been thinking about this treat that my mother always made for the holidays.
The little fried dough balls were crispy on the outside and light on the inside. They don’t have much flavor on their own; the flavor comes mostly from the sweet topping. I was even tempted to steal a few balls and add garlic and make croutons but I stayed true to my mission.
¾ cup soymilk
½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 Tbs. vegan butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour + extra for dusting OR
2 cups all-purpose flour and 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour OR
4 cups Jennifer’s Way Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
1 Tbs. sugar
½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Zest of ½ an orange
4 cups vegetable oil for frying
2 cups agave or vegan honey such as “Bee Free Honee”
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup water
¼ cup vegan sprinkles (1 1/2 boxes of Sprinkelz)
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Add the cinnamon and zest. Make a well by pushing the flour mix to the sides of the bowl.
After the hour, remove the dough from the plastic wrap. Pull a plum size piece of dough from the main dough. Roll the piece into a ball and then roll the ball into a long, thin rod, approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut the long rod into small pieces about ¾ of an inch . Roll the small pieces into balls. Repeat until you have used all the dough. Dust the balls with flour.
In a large pot, heat the vegan honey or agave, sugar and water together over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. It will foam; it’s supposed to. Let cook about 7 minutes until it thickens a bit and the color darkens. Don’t cook it longer than this or it will turn into caramel. Have a small bowl of cool water nearby.