Pumpkin Donuts


Things I learned making these:
Me and pipping bags = total incredible mess
I can never find the pipping bag tips when I need them = even larger mess
It's more fun to make blobby shapes instead of perfectly smooth circles

John loved these things, I think he ate 4 in a row, no joke. I'm going to try to make them in cake form... just pour all the batter into a large pan and bake them that way... then use a cookie cutter and make fun shapes! Sounds fun huh! And no pipping bag required :D Let me tell you the truth though... they don't really taste like donuts... more just like pumpkin bread... either way... TASTY!


Fat free Pumpkin Donuts
Adapted from here

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (3/4 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp cloves + 1/4 tsp ginger + 1/4 tsp nutmeg)
dash salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk

Icing
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4-5 teaspoons milk

Directions
In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice (or individual spices), salt, and baking soda.

Add pumpkin, eggs, milk; beat with an electric mixer on low speed till mixed. (kinda weird and made a flour cloudy mess... I'll probably do this in a separate bowl next time, then add it)

Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip with a 1/2-inch opening.

Pipe onto 2 greased baking sheets in 3-inch circles.

Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 10- 12 minutes, or till golden brown.

Cool donuts on a rack.

FOR ICING: In a small mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar and vanilla.
Stir in enough milk to make a smooth icing of glazing consistency.
place rack with donuts over waxed paper.
Brush icing over donuts with pastry brush, or spoon over surface.

Or toss the warm donuts in a bag with some powdered sugar to cover... serve soon, otherwise they just absorb the sugar haha... the next morning they were no longer white.

Nutritional facts are without any toppings

32 chews:

Sunshinemeg said...

Fat free and doughnuts in the same sentence? Dear lord you've done it!

BTW I hate chipotle lime chicken last night and it was amazing. Thank you for the marinade, so very much.

Jeanne said...

Those look fabulous! I love that they are pumpkin! Yay for fall.
And who needs a piping bag??

Jennifer said...

For real? Wow. I am making these- bread like or not they are still pumpkin! They look incredible! Thanks Steph!

Talita said...

This sounds delish! I've never tried a pumpkin donut!

Talita said...

This sounds delish! I've never tried a pumpkin donut!

Jen said...

You know I love you. And I'm sure I would love to eat these because what is better than pumpkin bread?! But the one on the right kinda looks like Walton's poop :)

stephchows said...

sunshinemeg- I'm so glad you liked the marinade!

Jeanne- hahaha look fabulous to you... not to my sister, read her comment below LOL "Jen"

Jennifer- they were so seriously tasty!!

Talita- You'll have to give them a try! so good!!

Jen- HAHAHA ok... note to self... no changing walton's diaper :D

Mags said...

I have to admit that when I first looked at the photo, I wanted to ask why is there dog pooh on her donut...LOL! After reading the post it all makes sense and this does sound like a great recipe for donuts or muffins/quick bread.

Fat Free and Donut are two beautiful words. I know what I'm making on Saturday morning. My family thanks you in advance.

Natalie said...

YUUUUUUUUM. Sounds and looks so delicious!! I can't wait to use pumkpin for the first time this season!

Pam said...

Yum! I LOVE pumpkin donuts! I've never made donuts before - can't wait to try.

You made your own doughnuts? Wow, I'm impressed! And I love that they're baked rather than fried. Perfect dish for fall, Steph. Yum!

Barbara said...

This sounds GREAT!! And fat free? Pass the plate!

Jenny said...

you did NOT make your own donuts -- girrrrl, you are too much!! I may have to whip out of my apron and bake some d-nuts, those look too good to resist!

Vanessa said...

Holy crap! Those look incredible! I might have to try making these - if I can get off my lazy butt.

Megan said...

Alright... now how did we both post doughnuts on the same day?! Must be doughnut season! These look so tasty. I love pumpkin anything. I made apple cider doughnuts... and you cut them out rather than pipe them. These definitely look healthier than mine, which were fried in oil!

Missy said...

They look so good! I would do anything for a pumpkin donut right about now!

ha! Good idea. Just bake and cut them into the shapes. It's like a nice ring of frosted pumpkin bread. Wonder if it'll work with sweet taters? :)

These look awesome!! I bet they would be just as yummy baked!

Steph said...

Mmmm... pumpkin bread sounds yummy! I think you did a good job piping your donuts. I just baked with pumpkin today.. muffins actually! They were supposed to be cupcakes for Martha Stewart Cupcakes Club, but they ended up more muffiny... probably because I subbed the butter for oil. I was thinking.. that's kinda like a Steph (you) sub except without whole wheat flour!

These sound incredible and I love that they are fat free, a must try for sure!

I am so with you on the piping bag thing! I almost always avoid using the piping bad. And if I do have to I lazily pull it out of the cabinet only to find that I don't know where the tip I was looking for is. hehhe

The pumpkin donut/bread looks nice!

OH YUM! I think this is the perfect thing to have for my son - his first donut:) I am not sure how good I am at piping either. Egh - I'm sure you can find a donut cake pan somewhere...online?

stephchows said...

mags- who knew it looked that bad LOL!

outoftherabbithole- let me know how you like them!!

Natalie- I think I have a pumpkin problem...

Pam- well these aren't true donuts for sure, but I love them!!

Diva- nahh they weren't hard.. just messy!

Barbara- hope you like them!

Jenny- hhahahah it really wasn't bad!

Vanessa- Next time I make some I'll give you a buzz hehe

Megan- great minds think alike!

Missy- I wish I had more right now!

Duo Dishes- I'll let you know how it comes out when I try!

Cinnamon Girl- who needs fried :)

Steph- heeh thanks!! mmm muffins mmmmm!

5 star foodie- i hope you try them!

Purple Foodie- hahaha sounds like we are twins :)

Ann- I know they do sell those! That would be MUCH easier!!!

Ang said...

OMG those look fabulous! I must try them asap!

Kat said...

Oh yum, these look great. I love pumpkin in most places (I don't like the American Pumpkin Pie however). I think I'll try this.
My mom has a special donught-ladle. Basically a ladle with a whole in the middle. So you can just pour some dough on it and then slip it in hot oil. No pipping bag necessary. I've no idea where she got it though... I think it might be one of those retro Soviet utencils.

stephchows said...

Ang- hope you liked them!

Kat- that sounds like the perfect kitchen gadget! I'll have to look for one online... or on ebay haha!

Ang said...

OMG those look fabulous! I must try them asap!

Kat said...

Oh yum, these look great. I love pumpkin in most places (I don't like the American Pumpkin Pie however). I think I'll try this.
My mom has a special donught-ladle. Basically a ladle with a whole in the middle. So you can just pour some dough on it and then slip it in hot oil. No pipping bag necessary. I've no idea where she got it though... I think it might be one of those retro Soviet utencils.

ha! Good idea. Just bake and cut them into the shapes. It's like a nice ring of frosted pumpkin bread. Wonder if it'll work with sweet taters? :)

Megan said...

Alright... now how did we both post doughnuts on the same day?! Must be doughnut season! These look so tasty. I love pumpkin anything. I made apple cider doughnuts... and you cut them out rather than pipe them. These definitely look healthier than mine, which were fried in oil!

Vanessa said...

Holy crap! Those look incredible! I might have to try making these - if I can get off my lazy butt.

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