Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

I am a girl that loves pumpkin! I used to belong to the pumpkin hatin' club, but that has long changed! I attribute my pumpkin dislikes to the picky-ness of my youth! So sad that I was missing out all those years on getting my pumpkin fix. Lesson learned! With Halloween behind us, I get a little sad to think I won't see pumpkins adorning the steps on porches- it gets too cold here in Northern Utah to keep the Jack O' Lanterns out for too long!  However, I am so glad that we still get another month to enjoy the pumpkin flavors on our palates instead of our porches! I love me some pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin pancakes... the list could go on! Pumpkin to me is truly the flavor of Fall and when I came across this recipe on Pinterest the other day, I filed it under my "Fall Favorites." I couldn't wait to make a batch of these up, so I whipped some up the night before Halloween for my family to eat while we carved our Jacks. 
This Baked Pumpkin Donut Recipe is a keeper. The donuts turned out so fluffy and light and you wouldn't even know that they were Baked and not fried!! My kids, husband, and brother and sister law devoured them! I think that we may have to incorporate making pumpkin donuts every year when we carve our pumpkins! Give these a try... all you Pumpkin Lovers out there won't be disappointed! And for those that Hate Pumpkin, I will return again with out a recipe dedicated to My Pumpkin Loving Side.
Happy Fall!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts
For the Donuts:
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup Sugar
6 T. Butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 cup Pumpkin Puree

For the Buttermilk Glaze:
3 c. Powdered Sugar
1/2 c. Buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the Donuts:
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spice and sugar. Whisk together all of the remaining ingredients in a second, medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir them around the bowl until the mixture is well combined. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, rolling the donut dough to approximately 3/4" thick, then cute with donut cutter. Transfer to a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the donuts are cooked through. Dip immediately into buttermilk glaze. Eat warm & enjoy!

For the Buttermilk Glaze:
Whisk together in a Small Bowl until smooth. Dip hot donuts in the glaze, then allow to air dry on a cooling rack.


Ashlee, The Culinary Queen

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