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Big Black Dog: Pumpkin Donuts!

November 21, 2009

Pumpkin Donuts!


I am a big fan of the FX show "Sons of Anarchy"..just love the bad boys on motorcycles! And since my Tuesday viewing pleasure was interrupted I was planning on watching the Friday night rerun. And I was all ready to relax and had my late night latte made but then I needed something sweet as a side. I thought I had pretty much fulfilled my pumpkin taste but decided to make some Pumpkin Donuts.

I bought a mini donut pan last year and it bakes the nicest donuts which are small and only about two bites per donut but the mini donuts are the perfect size for snacking. And there no fuss with frying or cutting out donuts! Please see the below Gadgets that Work for more info on the Mini Donut Pan.

I followed the recipe but did not use Pumpkin Pie Spice and subbed a generous tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of ginger. And with a pastry bag I piped the donut batter into the donut pan. And when the donuts cooled I drizzled with a simple powdered sugar glaze and they were done in less then an hour.




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Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Recipe adapted from RecipeZaar

Donuts:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I used rounded tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ginger)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened

Icing:
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 to 4 tsp milk

Makes about 22 Mini Donuts

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease two baking sheets.

2. Prepare doughnuts: In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda. Add pumpkin, eggs, milk, and butter; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until mixed.

3. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip with a ½-inch opening. Pipe onto prepared baking sheets in 3-inch circles. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool doughnuts on a rack over waxed paper.

4. Prepare icing: In a small mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk to make a smooth icing of glazing consistency. Spoon icing over doughnuts.



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Gadgets that Work




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I can't remember if I bought my Norpro Mini Donut Pan at Amazon or HomeGoods but as I remember it was around $9. I like the baked donuts because they are so much easier then frying or rolling out dough and cutting out individual donuts. All you do is pipe the batter into the donut pan, pop it into the oven and viola you've got donuts! If you don't have a pastry bag you can just carefully spoon the batter into the molds. It took me less then an hour to make the batter and bake the above recipe for the Pumpkin Donuts!

The Norpro Mini Donut Pan is non-stick and dishwasher safe, although I usually just wash it by hand.




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22 Comments:

Blogger Heather B said...

A guy at work always brings in pumpkin donuts this time a year. I've always wanted to make them at home. This recipe looks exactly like the ones he brings in! Will have to put on the must make list!

November 21, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger diva said...

ooh lala! these babies are drop dead gorgeous and i love using cinnamon and ginger ;) beautiful!

November 21, 2009 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I made doughnuts today too. I use that same pan so much that I bought a second one!

November 21, 2009 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger TeaLady said...

YUM!! I think this would work in my 1970s era electric donut maker. Will give it a try.

Yours look luscious.

November 21, 2009 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow no frying thats dietitian approved smiles Rebecca

November 21, 2009 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger susan said...

Somehow a girl who loves bad biker boys and makes donuts doesn't quite fit!! :) I think I will be on the lookout for one of these (the pan, not the boys :) They look scrumptious!

November 21, 2009 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

One of my guilty pleasures is a pumpkin donut...making them at home could be so dangerous (good but dangerous!)

November 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I don't know which I like more, the donuts or the cute dish!

November 21, 2009 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I have seen those donut pans and would love to have one, although it would be tempting and dangerous ;D They look great and I think they would be a wonderful Thanksgiving dessert, great with coffee after dinner OR before all that crazy midnight Black Friday shopping!!

November 21, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

At the rate I'm going, I'm pretty sure my pumpkin taste is insatiable. I could eat pumpkin every day for the rest of my life and probably wouldn't get tired of it.

These look fantastic! I love that they are baked instead of fried, first of all. I need to invest in one of those pans. The glaze looks great.

November 22, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Manuela said...

A donut pan?! How neat. I don't like donuts, because they are deep fried. But this one I have no doubt that I will love. Yum!

November 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I have never had a pumpkin doughnut but I would be willing to sample! These look wonderful.

November 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Sweet and Savory said...

Now I want a donut pan.

These look great and pumpkin means they taste great,

November 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

These donuts look great! I love the color, and how everyone of them came out perfectly molded. I've never tried pumpkin donuts, but I'm looking forward to trying them sometime.

November 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger girlichef said...

Oh, I totally want one of those cool pans :D These sound super addicting...i could go for a few right now!

November 22, 2009 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Bethie said...

I wanted that pan back in Oct for my birthday, did I get one? Nooooo. LOL! Your doughnuts look wonderful.

November 22, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Lori E said...

I have fond memories of my mother making donuts. I never have simply because of the frying involved.
Problem solved.
I love to hear about gadgets that work.

November 23, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

These look incredible. And they're BAKED, which means at least *slightly* less guilt. Definitely putting these in my "to try" file. Thank you for sharing!

November 23, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Those look so good! donuts is on my "wish list" of things to bake someday

November 23, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Gorgeous! I need to get one of those pans so I can try these!!

November 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Cristie said...

Love, love your donuts! I have one of those tiny donut pans that you PLUG-IN! I love it. No fuss, just plug it in, put the dough in and away you go. Your donuts are the tops!

November 25, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous My Man's Belly said...

Oh those look so warm and delicious. (It's cold and wet here in LA today so I'm looking for comfort foods.)

February 6, 2010 at 6:11 PM  

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