It would be so rude of me not to share this recipe. I’m not a big doughnut eater, but let me just tell you I put away three of these bad boys one right after the other. Then later that same day I ate another one. I will admit they hit your gut pretty solidly but they are irresistable. Plus, let us remember it is the season of packing on winter fat so that we will be warm and toasty in the days to come! That’s my version and I’m sticking to it.
Pumpkin-Licious Doughnuts (makes about 20 doughnuts or so)
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 C. canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 C. sugar
- 1/2 C. buttermilk
- 1/4 C. brown sugar
- 3 T. melted butter
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 3 C. all-purpose flour
- vegetable oil for frying
- Whisk together egg and egg yolk in large bowl until frothy. Stir in pumpkin, both sugars, buttermilk, and butter. Then stir in the baking powder, spices, salt and baking soda.
- Fold flour in gradually until incorporated. The dough will be extremely sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 370 in an electric skillet, deep fryer or deep sided skillet.
- Pat out dough with well-floured hands on a well-floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Don’t bother with a rolling-pin – you will only be frustrated because the dough is so sticky. Cut with doughnut or biscuit cutter into doughnuts, scraping up the leftovers each time and repatting to 1/2 inch thick. Repeat til you’ve used up all the dough.
- Fry doughnuts in batches in the oil until browned – takes about 3-5 minutes. Turn them once during that time. Drain on paper towels.
- Finish them with either cinnamon sugar or glaze. If using cinnamon sugar mixture coat them while they are still hot. Let them cool a bit before using the glaze. For glaze: mix together 1/4 C. half and half or milk with 3 C. powdered sugar. For cinnamon sugar: 1 C. sugar mixed with 1 or 2 tsp. of cinnamon.
*this is my attempt at being pollyannish about my on-line absence. We’ve been experiencing a perfect storm around here lately – a conspiring of circumstances, a job change, lack of sunshine until this week, being at a place in therapy that is really hard work and emotionally draining, leaving me feeling raw and vulnerable like a sun-warmed marshmallow. If you tapped me on the shoulder I would probably burst into tears. So, I don’t know if any of you ever feel like holing up in your house sometimes and not talking to anyone, not wanting to answer the phone, or catch yourself in the grocery store trying to avoid people you know just so you won’t have to talk. But that’s kind of where I’ve been lately. And rather than spew all my negativity on-line I’ve just been lying low. So……just wanted to explain, you know just in case some of you have been really missing me as we agreed you would – because even in my absence it’s all about me! Kidding!! Alrighty then – get out there and enjoy those carbohydrates.
p.s. Cinnamon is spelled with two n’s and only one m. Spellcheck just told me that about 5 times – remedial spelling anyone – I think I’ll go back to my hole now!