Pumpkin_donuts

recipe & photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens.com

I saw this recipe on Better Homes & Gradens.com and was so intrigued I had to post it. I have a wedding today so I can't try it out but I will be trying it in the next day or two – they look so yummy!!!

Short-cut
idea: To simplify the recipe mix, I recommend using Bisquick and
deleting the sugar (unless you like a really sweet doughnut – remember you're adding a sugar dusting at the end) baking powder, salt, baking soda, & flour from the ingredients list below. Basically you'll just be adding the butter, delicious spices,
pumpkin, buttermilk, eggs & vanilla.

Tip: If you don't have a doughnut cutter I recommend using two different sized glasses (like a wide mouth tumbler and a shot glass for example.)

Ingredients
2  tablespoons butter, softened
1/2  cup sugar
2  teaspoons baking powder
1/2  teaspoon salt
1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4  teaspoon baking soda
1/4  teaspoon ground ginger
1/8  teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or a Dash of ground nutmeg
1/8  teaspoon ground cloves
1/2  cup canned pumpkin
1/3  cup buttermilk
1  egg
1  egg yolk
1/2  teaspoon vanilla
2  cups all-purpose flour
  Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying
  Spiced Sugar

Directions
1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high seed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in pumpkin, buttermilk, egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour until well combined. Cover and chill 3 hours.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-inch doughnut cutter, dipping cutter into flour between cuts. Reroll as necessary.

3. Fry doughnuts, 2 or 3 at a time, in deep, hot fat (365 degrees F) about 2-1/2 minutes or until golden, turning once. Using a slotted spoon, removed doughnuts from oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes. Coat warm doughnuts in Spiced Sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes about 12 doughnuts plus holes.

Spiced Sugar: In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

Tip:
If you have the time, I recommend refining you sugar in a food processor first. It's just a personal preference but I don't like big chunks of sugar granules – I want it small so it melts in my mouth :-)

Happy Saturday!!

Jennifer

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