Don’t you love it when the whole house smells like doughnuts? Pumpkin doughnuts? Even better!
Those are the best days in my opinion. I absolutely love fall and all that comes with it. Especially the holidays! Well, in the northern hemisphere that is, but don’t get me started there. I can stay in my denial bubble if I try hard enough. It seems like I wait all year long for the holiday season. Every year when I was little I would start to get so excited right around September. You know, the kind of childish excitement that has you convinced that you really may at least pass or otherwise just fall over and die of it.
I love to get festive and decorate. Nothing makes me happier than putting up our Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols. Sorry, that’s skipping ahead a little. First is Halloween, which I am not a huge fan of actually celebrating or even the whole trick or treat thing. No, but I do love a good scary movie marathon. We have a tradition of making caramel corn and watching the Shining every year.
So I made these pumpkin spice doughnuts and oh my goodness, they are amazing. The first batch I made was completely devoured by my family. Like I said, the whole house smelled like pumpkin spice. It just made me want to smile, a lot.
Some of you may remember me mentioning in the past that there aren’t regular pumpkins grown down here. Well, that’s true so technically mine were zapallo doughnuts. Who cares? It is so close that it would fool me any day. if I wasn’t the one who actually cooked it, pureed it, and baked with it of course.
With today being the first day of fall up for you northerners I thought this would be a good recipe to post today.
I have all kinds of recipes planned for the rest of this month and next. When I say planned that actually means I have ideas that popped into my head and it lasted longer than a millisecond. That is about the extent of my planning. I told you, I am hopelessly unorganized.
I am getting into holiday gear so I hope you are as excited as I am. My festivness (shut up spell check. It is too a word.) is almost dangerous at times.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpouse flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 teaspoon each of ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves (or you can use 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teapoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) melted
- cinnamon and sugar for coating donuts (I used about 1 cup sugar to 2 teaspoons cinnamon)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
- Whisk eggs, oil, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, vanilla, and spices. Stir in flour until batter is smooth.
- Spray a doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray and either pipe or just spoon batter into each opening.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and tops are slightly browned.
- Allow to cool for about 5 minutes then remove from pan.
- Dip each doughnut in melted butter then in cinnamon and sugar.
- Serve warm or place on cooling rack to finish cooling..