Pumpkin Doughnuts!

by Michelle on November 21, 2009

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 Doughnuts.

I bought a mini doughnut pan last year and it bakes the nicest doughnuts which are small and only about two bites per doughnut but the mini doughnuts are the perfect size for snacking. And there no fuss with frying or cutting out doughnuts! Please see the below Gadgets that Work for more info on the Mini Doughnut 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 doughnut batter into the doughnut pan. And when the doughnuts cooled I drizzled with a simple powdered sugar glaze and they were done in less then an hour.

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Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
Recipe adapted from RecipeZaar

Doughnuts:
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 Doughnuts

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 Doughnut Pan at Amazon or HomeGoods but as I remember it was around $9. I like the baked doughnuts because they are so much easier then frying or rolling out dough and cutting out individual doughnuts. All you do is pipe the batter into the doughnut pan, pop it into the oven and viola you’ve got doughnuts! 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 Doughnuts!

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

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  • Heather B November 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    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!

  • diva November 21, 2009 at 9:09 pm

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

  • Tara November 21, 2009 at 9:19 pm

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

  • TeaLady November 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm

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

    Yours look luscious.

  • Chow and Chatter November 21, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    oh wow no frying thats dietitian approved smiles Rebecca

  • susan November 22, 2009 at 12:07 am

    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!

  • YankeeQuilter November 22, 2009 at 1:58 am

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

  • Pam November 22, 2009 at 2:09 am

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

  • Kim November 22, 2009 at 3:38 am

    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!!

  • Joanne November 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    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.

  • Manuela November 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    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!

  • Kate November 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm

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

  • Sweet and Savory November 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Now I want a donut pan.

    These look great and pumpkin means they taste great,

  • Fresh Local and Best November 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    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.

  • girlichef November 23, 2009 at 12:38 am

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

  • Bethie November 23, 2009 at 1:38 am

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

  • Lori E November 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    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.

  • Allison November 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    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!

  • Danielle November 24, 2009 at 5:23 am

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

  • Tracy November 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm

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

  • Cristie November 26, 2009 at 4:03 am

    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!

  • My Man's Belly February 7, 2010 at 12:11 am

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

  • Katherine June 10, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Just found your blog – wow it’s great! I love your recipes. I really like this idea as well, but I was wondering how the taste of these dounts came out? Did you like it?

    Also, texture-wise, how were they?

    Thanks!!

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