Sour Cream Pumpkin Spiced Doughnut Holes

While fall hasn’t officially arrived, that doesn’t stop me from diving into the delicious apple and pumpkin treats that are typically associated with it.   I can’t wait to make  Crockpot Apple Crisp, Country Apple Caramel Sauce, and Homemade Pumpkin Spice Cake.

But it wouldn’t be right to make all those scrumptious desserts without making these small, but mighty, Sour Cream Pumpkin Spiced Doughnut Holes first. 

I am a big fan of baked doughnut holes.  And as I may have mentioned a time or two before, I always use my babycakes maker when I’m making doughnut holes – less fat involved. 

Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve made Pumpkins Spice Doughnut Holes.  But this recipe is slightly different from the first recipe I shared here.  These doughnut holes are made with sour cream, less oil, and less flour.  I also kicked up the vanilla and pumpkin pie spice a wee bit too.  I honestly have to say that I like both versions of the recipe and I don’t think one is better than the other either.  I think the pumpkin flavor is the star of the show and if you pair them with a cold glass of apple cider or a fresh cup of coffee there is no going wrong.

Sour Cream Pumpkin Spiced Doughnut Holes

1 egg, room temperature

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

3/4 c. canned pumpkin

1/4 c. sour cream

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. all-purpose flour

Cinnamon & sugar mixture

In a large bowl, add egg, oil, sugars, sour cream, and pumpkin; mix thoroughly.  Mix in pumpkin salt, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla.  Add flour; mix until all ingredients are completely blended.

Bake according to babycakes maker.  Cool slightly before coating with cinnamon & sugar mixture.  * I put the mixture in a plastic bag, drop a few doughnut holes in at a time, and shake until the holes are completely coated.

Store in a paper bag.

So, have you had or made a fall treat yet?  If so, what was it? 

Cheesy Potato Casserole

There isn’t much I’m going to gab about in this post.  Other than how deliciously sumptuous and belly filling this Cheesy Potato Casserole is.

Yesterday was one of those days that I decided to play mad scientist in the kitchen.  And oddly enough, I wasn’t craving sweets like I normally do, I was craving a comfort food.  Maybe it’s because we’ve had such cold and blustery weather for days on end.  Or maybe it’s because I was preparing myself for a night of cozying up in front of the television to watch the latest episode of Downton Abbey.  Whatever the reason, this mad scientist made the best cheesy potato casserole in her history of cooking.

Since I opted to make this dish later in the day I missed the chance to get nice bright photo’s but I went ahead and took pictures anyways.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

1/2 of a 8 oz. brick of Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

1/2 of a 8 oz. brick of Pepper Jack Cheese, grated

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. diced onion

2 tbsp. diced red pepper

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 tbsp. flour

1 1/2 c. skim milk

1 pinch of salt

1/4 tsp. season salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 can of Cream of Potato Soup

5 mediums sized russet potatoes (with the skins on), sliced thin

1 1/2 cups French fried onions

2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese (set aside for topping)

Grease a large casserole dish with butter.  I used a 10” oval dish.

Grate the cheese into a large bowl.

Slice potatoes.  I used my Pampered Chef Mandoline to get the job done quickly.

Melt butter in skillet on low heat and lightly sauté onions, peppers, and garlic.

Add flour to sautéed vegetables and mix thoroughly.  On medium heat, stir in the skim milk making a white sauce.  Stir constantly until thickened.

Add potato soup, salt, pepper, and season salt to the white sauce, completely mix all ingredients.

Remove from heat.

Layer half of the potatoes on the bottom of the prepared dish.  Pour half of the sauce over the potatoes and sprinkle half the cheese over them. Then sprinkle half of the French fried onions on top.

Repeat the process.

Finish the dish by sprinkling the grated parmesan cheese on top.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees until potatoes are tender – about 1 hour.  Remove aluminum foil and bake for about 10-15 minutes more to brown the top of the casserole.

These potatoes are so good.  Cheesy, gooey, and crusty all in one dish!   I regret that I didn’t get a picture of the casserole bubbling and freshly baked.  We dug in before I even gave it a thought.

This would make a great dish to take to any potluck supper.  I can almost guarantee that you won’t have to worry about carting any leftovers home.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Blueberry Button Donuts–Baked!

Have I ever told you how much I like my Babycakes cake pop maker?  I’ve used it to make many delicious treats that you can find right here on my blog, if you’re so inclined.  First, there was the Chocolate Kahlua cake pops.  And let’s talk a minute about the donut holes; Vanilla Sour Cream, Pumpkin Spice, Maple Apple, and Devil’s Food Chocolate.  All yummy bite sized morsels that are perfect for breakfast and snacking. 

After making my latest creation, Blueberry Button Donuts, I’m  thinking I might have to put my Babycakes maker in my camper for our first glamping trip.  I can envision us enjoying fresh brewed coffee and bucket of these scrumptious things. 

For this recipe, I made a simple homemade blueberry glaze for the filling, but if you’re looking to save time, go ahead and use your favorite jam or jelly. I do believe the flavor possibilities are endless!

Blueberry Button Donuts

1 egg

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. granulated sugar

3 tbsp. olive oil

1/4 c. sour cream

1/4 c. milk

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 c. all-purpose flour

Filling

Blueberry Glaze

1 c. fresh blueberries, crushed

1/2 c. water

3 tbsp. granulated sugar

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. cornstarch

1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

In a small bowl, add sugar and cornstarch, mix completely; set aside.  In a medium saucepan, add berries and water. Bring to a full boil; continue boiling for 1-2 minutes.  Add about 1/4 c. of blueberry mixture to sugar mixture and stir thoroughly.  Pour sugar and berry mixture into the saucepan containing the remaining berries and cook on medium heat until thick.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Topping

1/2 c. of prepared cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Makes about 4 dozen.

In a large bowl, add the ingredients in the order they appear above.  Use an electric mixer and mix thoroughly.  Prepare your Babycakes maker according to directions and equally spoon batter into cake pop molds.  Once all of the batter is in each mold and starts to rise, drop about an 1/4 tsp. of glaze on top of each donut.  Close the cake pop maker and bake for 3-4 minutes.  Check  donuts about half-way through the baking process.  Once fully baked and light golden brown, remove from the maker and place on an empty baking sheet.  Cool slightly, and roll in cinnamon and sugar.

Who makes your favorite donut?  And what’s your favorite kind?

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Devil’s Food Chocolate Doughnut Holes

I have decided to make a few sinful treats to share on my blog during these cold winter months.  With the holidays nearly over, and with winter arriving with a vengeance, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen again.

I know that lately I’ve been a slacker where baking is concerned, and for that I apologize.

Now, let’s talk doughnut holes.

There is little that is  more inviting than freshly made doughnut holes sprinkled in powdered sugar, or dipped in a sweet, sugary glaze.  Grab a piping hot mug of cocoa, coffee, or tea to go with them and life is good!

These doughnut holes are baked.  So, while there is some guilt involved in consuming these little gems, you can reassure yourself that you did your very best to cut some calories out of them by not frying them.

*This recipe was designed for use with babycakes pop maker.

Devil’s Food Chocolate Doughnut Holes

1/2 c. granulated sugar

3 tbsp. cocoa

1 egg

3 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 c. hot water

1/4 c. sour cream

3/4 c. flour

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, add sugar, cocoa, egg, olive oil, baking soda, baking powder, salt and hot water; mix with electric mixer until thoroughly blended.  Add sour cream and flour; beat until  smooth and creamy.  Add vanilla and mix thoroughly.

Follow the instructions that came with your babycakes maker for baking.  Makes 2.5 dozen.

*For best results, store in airtight container overnight and sprinkle with powdered sugar, or dip in powdered sugar glaze the following day.  Store in non-airtight container once sugared or glazed.

So, what’s the next sinful treat I’ll be sharing?  I’m not sure, it’s going to be hard to top these – seriously!

If you haven’t had a chance to review the other baked doughnut hole recipes I’ve introduced here at The Joy of Caking – then please check them out.

1.)  Vanilla Orange Cinnamon Baked Doughnut Holes

2.)   Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes

3.)   Maple Apple Doughnut Holes

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Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes

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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.  

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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…

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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?

What is your favorite doughnut hole flavor?  Looking for another great baked doughnut hole recipe?  Click here!

In between babies

 
Blueberry Oat Muffins

I decided I had to busy myself while the third baby duck hatched out of his/her shell so I whipped up a batch of Blueberry Oat Muffins – yummy. 

 Recipe as follows: 

  • 1 cup heaping all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • a ton of blueberries
  • sprinkle with sugar on top when they come out of the oven
  •  Bake at 375  until done 

    Oh, and here is number 3! 

    Baby #3