Monday, January 02, 2012

Pumpkin Donuts

Happy New Year! Lets start the year by being healthy and I think donuts fall into that category don't they? Yes? Ok then donuts it shall be.
Why pumpkin? Well I have several cans in the cupboard I want to use up. The dough is quite a wet one so I am unable to make actual donut shapes but they taste just as good as small pumpkin balls. Balls of heaven if you will. Mr P seemed happy enough stuffing his chops with them as did I.


Donut mixture:

1/2 can of Pumpkin puree
60ml butter milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1/2 egg (yes half an egg, give it a mix and pour half in)
1 1/2 tbsp butter
pinch ground cloves
pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
175g plain flour
50g caster sugar
Vegetable oil to fry


130g icing sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2-3 tbsp milk (add a little at a time you may need more or less)

Makes 12 donuts


Whisk (electric or not)

Whisk the butter and sugar in a bowl, it will be a bit grainy but that's fine. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat those in. Then add the butter milk, mix it and then the pumpkin puree and mix again.

Next put all the dry ingredients into a bowl, give it a quick mix and then fold into the wet mixture in about 4 or so batches. Fold it until there are no streaks and you have a wet dough.
You have to then cover the bowl and place in the fridge to chill for one hour.

Now make your glaze by mixing the icing sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then gradually add the milk till you have a thick smooth paste. Pop it in the fridge till you need it later.

After an hour pour the oil into a deep pan till its about 2 inches deep. Sprinkle in a little bit of flour to tell when it is hot enough, if it sizzle then it is. Then just a few at a time using two metal spoons make a mini rugby ball shape and gently place the dough into the pan. Fry your donuts about a minute on each side. Move to a plate with kitchen roll on to drain and allow to cool.

When cool pour over the glaze, let stand for about half and hour and then EAT!


Mrs P said...

I must admit we couldn't wait after adding the glaze and just ate some!