SORGHUM DOUGHNUTS WITH STRAWBERRY RHUBARB GLAZE

I’ve returned from Paris to Springlike weather in NYC.  (The trip was wonderful, and as promised, I will be posting a gluten-free Paris guide soon!)  I’m loving the new season’s light, that beautifully stays out until well past 7pm.   We welcome lighter layers and strolling, which isn’t quite comfortable anywhere below 40 degrees.  I can’t quite say I’m happy to be back (ugh, Paris), but this is the best time of year in this city.

Last year around this time, I was asked to be apart of an upcoming cookbook, Beyond the Plate, about the *best* food blogs. I’m excited to announce it’s finally published and I’m sharing one of the exclusive recipes from the book.  A recipe to celebrate Spring which, crossing our fingers, we’re hoping is here to stay.

 

Sorghum Doughnuts with Strawberry Rhubarb Glaze (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) Makes 26 mini doughnuts

There is nothing quite like those brief but miraculous few weeks when rhubarb and strawberries are in season at the same time. Together they’re refreshingly tart and sweet, a culinary match made in heaven. That’s what makes these strawberry and rhubarb glazed doughnuts the perfect spring-into-summer treat, ideal for a crowd and a guaranteed showstopper for any weekend brunch.

dough:

  • 1 cup (100 g) ground almonds
  • 1 cup (135 g) sorghum flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together first six ingredients.  In a separate mixing bowl, mix together maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, eggs and the zest of one lemon.  Using a spatula, fold wet ingredients into the dry until well-combined.  

Carefully add the batter to a pastry bag or a large ziplock bag & snip a 1/2 inch hole in the corner.  Use this to pipe the batter into a greased doughnut pan.  Fill each one until it’s 3/4 filled (they will rise!).  Bake for exactly 10 minutes & then cool for 5 minutes.  Continue until all the batter is gone.  It will make 26 mini doughnuts.  Set doughnuts on a wire rack to cool.

glaze:

  • 1 heaping cup (115 g) chopped rhubarb
  • 1 1⁄4 cups (200 g) quartered strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, preferably grass-fed
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or coconut cream
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a medium saucepan, add rhubarb and strawberries with 1 tablespoon of butter/oil.  Over medium low heat, sauté fruit for 10-12 minutes, stirring often.  Mixture is done when the rhubarb is soft enough to break with a wooden spoon.  Remove mixture from heat & set aside to cool.  

Then, add cooled mixture to a food processor.  Add lemon juice (from reserved lemon), maple syrup and cream.  Pulse until completely smooth.  Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Once glaze has cooled, add to a shallow bowl.  Dip each doughnut in the glaze in a circular motion.  Repeat until all doughnuts are glazed.  Serve immediately! 

*If you're located in NYC, please come to the event next week at the Rizzoli Bookstore!  I'll be on a panel along with Adam Sachs, Phoebe Lapine, Sarah Leung and Aleksandra Mojsilovic. See more details here. Hope you can make it!

BLACK RICE SORREL BOWL

It’s not very often where I dine somewhere and feel so emotionally connected to the food.  At Sqirl, the food doesn’t just remind me of my home (California) with it’s slight hippie sensibility, but feels like food you’ve been dreaming of and didn’t know you were missing.  

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a cookbook - not just for inspiration, visually or otherwise - but for once, to actually cook from it.   Crispy rice, sorrel pesto rice bowl, buckwheat financiers - I cannot get enough of Jessica’s food.  It was shocking to realize the simplicity of some of these recipes.  Specifically the famous sorrel pesto, which includes almost exclusively - lemon, olive oil and sorrel.   Most of the recipes are remarkably uncomplicated in a way that can only be described as everything I want to eat…and cook, too.   

 

SQIRL SORREL PESTO BLACK RICE BOWL (Gluten-free)  Serves 2

  • 1 cup black rice
  • 2 watermelon radishes, thinly sliced (on mandolin)
  • 1 lemon, divided 
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill, parsley, chives
  • 1/2 preserved lemon, peel finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon preserved lemon juice
  • 1-2 oz feta cheese, crumbled (opt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Hot sauce, to serve

Sorrel Pesto:

  • 1 cup chopped sorrel, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped kale leaves, lightly packed 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Sea salt, to taste

In a large saucepan, add rice, two cups of water and a generous pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 25-30 minutes until rice is tender and water is absorbed.  Fluff with a fork and set aside.

In a small bowl, add sliced radish, about 1/2 lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt.  Leave aside to marinate while you prepare the pesto.

To make pesto: in a blender or food processor, add sorrel, kale, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice and salt to taste.  Blend until smooth.

In a large bowl, toss the rice with herbs, preserved lemon, about a teaspoon of preserved lemon juice and prepared pesto.  Season with salt.  

To poach eggs:

Fill a large saucepan with water and a good splash of white vinegar.  Over med-high heat, let the temperature come up until you begin to see tiny bubbles around the rim.

Crack your eggs into tiny ramekins.  Then gently whirlpool the water and slide in your eggs (one at a time, if you’re nervous)  into the center of the whirlpool.  Let the eggs sit for about 30 seconds, then slowly stir in a circle making sure the egg white wraps around the yolk.  *If you are poaching two at a time, now add your second egg, repeating the process (and steering clear of your other egg)/  If your egg gets stuck on the bottom of the pan, don’t fret, use a silicon spatula to carefully remove it.   If your water gets close to boiling or simmering, reduce heat.  You want a still, steady heat to poach them in.  Let cook, gently stirring in a circular motion, until egg whites just begin to firm (or set, gently touch the egg white to judge doneness), and aren’t translucent.    Remove with a slotted spoon, draining the water, then top an egg on each serving. 

Assemble your bowls:   Divide rice among bowls with hot sauce, crumbled feta, marinated radish and top with a poached egg (see above). Garnish with more herbs, flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Serve immediately!