Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Doughnuts

Fall is upon us and 'tis the season for PUMPKIN!!!! I was having a strong desire (I shy away from the word craving because of the implications it brings when a woman uses it) for Pumpkin doughnuts, so I said to myself, "SELF?! Why don't we just make some?!"  So Myself found a recipe here and, with a little advice from my friends, I made some!!!
Here is my recipe:
3 1/2 c Flour
4 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
1 c Sugar
2 tbl Butter softend
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 c. Buttermilk
1 c Pumpkin Puree (about 1/2 of the small can of pumpkin)
Canola oil for frying (I baked mine)

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spice, and sugar. Make a well in the center.
In a separate bowl combine Butter, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and pumpkin.
Dump wet ingredients into the well and stir until mixture is well combined.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, rolling the donut dough to approximately 1/4-1/2" thick.
Cut out with doughnut cutter.

*If you are baking them simply spoon batter into a doughnut pan (which looks like this, and yes; I do need one). If you don't have one of these nifty little contraptions, you can do what I did and put the dough/batter into a gallon sized zip lock bag and pipe them onto a large cookie sheet. I was able to fit 6 onto 1 jelly roll pan. That is how I ended up with my giant, very rustic, doughnuts!!

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, gently slide donuts into the oil, frying on the first side until edges of the donut are lightly browned, flip carefully and allow to cook on the other side until lightly browned.
Remove and dunk immediately into buttermilk glaze. allow to air dry on a cooling rack before serving.

Buttermilk glaze
3 c Powdered sugar
1/2 c. Buttermilk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Whisk together in a small bowl until smooth.

*I topped mine with cinnamon sugar...because I love cinnamon sugar as much as I love pumpkin!

So there you have it!  Homemade, pumpkin muffins, disguised as doughnuts!


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