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10.03.2012

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Doughnuts


When the crisp weather hits, there is nothing I enjoy more than a fresh FRIED doughnut. I'm not a big fan of the over fried not so fresh tasting donuts at Dunkins. And I am also not a huge fan of the healthier baked doughnuts that are a huge craze.

I thought I wanted to get a doughnut pan for those busy mornings when I get the craving. Then I had one... and to be honest it was a muffin top. But shaped like doughnut.

I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire called Plymouth. Plymouth has had a bakery on Main St. as long as I can remember called Anderson's. Anderson's Bakery sold the best homemade doughnuts I have ever had. Hands down. THE BEST. Since moving away when I was 18 I have not had a doughnut that compares to be honest. I've found some that are good at bakeries and country stores all around New England. But nothing touches on my beloved Anderson's plain doughnuts.




These pumpkin doughnuts remind me very much of the old fashioned plain doughnuts I'm used to, but with some more warmth and fall flavor thanks to the pumpkin and cinnamon.

They have just enough crunch on the outside and nice pillowy cake on the inside.



On a day where you deserve some extra calories, do yourself a favor and give these babies a hot oil bath. You will not regret a single calorie!

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Doughnuts
(Recipe adapted from Epicurious)

Ingredients:


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 cup  pumpkin puree
  • Vegetable oil (for deep-frying)
  • Granulated sugar for rolling donuts in (optional)

  • Directions:

    Heat oil to 365 degrees.

    Meanwhile mix your dry ingredients together. Add in butter, egg , egg yolks, vanilla and buttermilk. Mix until combined.

    Fold in pumpkin. Dough should be a tad sticky but enough you can handle it. If you need a tad more flour go ahead and add it in 1 tbs at a time.

    Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

    On a flour surface, press dough out to be about 1/2 inch thick. With a doughnut cutter cut doughnuts.

    Drop into hot oil 3-4 at a time. Fry for about 1 minute per side or until golden.

    remove from oil and place on drying wracks or on paper towels to soak up some of the oil.

    Roll warm doughnuts in granulated sugar.

    Best if enjoyed warm, or same day.

    (Recipe yields about 18-24 doughnuts)

     

     




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    23 comments:

    1. I love donuts coated in cinnamon and sugar!!!!!!!! I would love these.

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      1. My oldest son does too! I tried to convince him to let me glaze them with cream cheese.... nope!

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    2. I have to admit that I'm one of those people who makes baked donuts, and I really do like them, but they just can't compare to the real thing. I made apple fritters recently and wow... I have to make more fried donuts! And these look amazing. I'm all over pumpkin everything right now so this is getting bookmarked. :)

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      1. They are good!! But just not the same. Though that goes with pretty much any "healthified" version of a fried good.

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    3. I've had a serious craving for doughnuts lately, like an I-should-take-a-pregnancy-test style cravings. Seriously. And these look so perfect. Oh, and FYI, not pregnant, just really need a doughnut.

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      1. LOL.... well I guess you should get yourself a doughnut!

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    4. love the color of these. I have a donut pan but rarely use it, they just aren't the same as the fried version and I only treat myself very, very rarely to that. These might need to be my next treat!

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      1. Thanks Cassie! These are great for a special treat from time to time ;)

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    5. I'm with you...these are REAL doughnuts...and they look absolutely fabulous!!!

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    6. These doughnuts look fab, I love the sugar coating!

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    7. Yay fried donuts. These are perfection Carrie!

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    8. GAH! These are my favorite kind of doughnuts! I would like a dozen to go, please?!!!

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    9. Oh. My. Gosh. YUM! I want some of these now...

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    10. YUMMMMM. Donuts are my go-to comfort food, breakfast-style. These pumpkin ones look phenom, girlfriend!

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    11. Old fashioned doughnuts (i.e. FRIED) are my super fav. LOVE these!

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    12. Even though my recipe tab says I like baked donuts, I truly love the fried ones the best! I have just been trying to feed my kids slightly healthier breakfast foods since nothing else is healthy:-) These pumpkin donuts look amazing...I can almost taste the warm rich flavors by looking at the pictures!!! I love the cinnamon sugar coating!!!

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    13. Its look like my grandma made for us where we were child! Just perfect!

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    14. Dot Anderson of Andersons bakery is my moms cousin...although she now travels nearly all year long she still baked often : )

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    15. You're killing me with these perfectly photographed donuts.

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    16. I made them! :) The flour over here in Germany is different and I had to add about an extra cup of flour just so they wouldn't be extremely sticky any more, but they were perfect! Everyone who tried them really enjoyed them. I didn't read the yield first and made the whole thing. Holy cow is that a lot of donuts. Whoops. Burned half, ate about 6 the first day... no problem. :) Thanks for the recipe!

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    17. These look amazing!! If I get up the courage to try frying doughnuts again I will definitely try these!:) The first time I fried doughnuts it was a hot mess and I burned the oil so I haven't tried again, but these definitely make me want to attempt it!

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    18. OMG! Fresh fried pumpkin doughnuts?? I'm in pumpkin doughnut heaven here! If I may, I’d like to invite you to submit your photos to the new YumGoggle, a photo sharing site with the philosophy that if you worked hard to cook it and photograph it, we should show it off! Hope to see you there soon!
      http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/

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