Every time that I looked in my cupboard this week I’d see a can of pumpkin staring me down. I’d set it aside, and somehow it would make it’s way front and center again.
I took this as a sign. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to use the pumpkin. I just couldn’t decide what to make with it. Pumpkin bars, cake, cookies, cheesecake, pie; they all seemed like good choices to me.
And then it hit me. Doughnut holes – baked, not fried! I found a great recipe at two peas & their pod. And best of all, their pictures convinced me that these were the doughnut holes I’ve been waiting for all my life. Ah… Inspiration!
Have you ever had a treat that was just to tempting to keep sitting around? Well, I’ve lost count on how many of these I’ve eaten since I made them, and they definitely fall into that “just too tempting” category. I think once you try these you will agree that there isn’t any reason to ever fry a doughnut again.
I tweaked two peas recipe just a little, and here is my adapted version.
Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes
1 large egg
1/3 c. olive oil
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. canned pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
Cinnamon & sugar mixture
In large bowl, add egg, oil, sugars, and pumpkin; mix thoroughly. Mix in pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Add flour and milk; mix until all ingredients are completely blended.
I used my babycakes maker to make my doughnuts. If you don’t have a babycakes maker then check out two peas and their pod for an alternate way of baking them.
When the doughnut holes are still hot, roll them in the prepared cinnamon & sugar mixture and let them cool before devouring…
These might be best stored in a brown paper bag so the cinnamon and sugar-coating doesn’t disappear. I put mine in an airtight container overnight which made them super moist, but they had to be re-coated in the morning.
I’m so glad it’s pumpkin season! How about you?
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