I made doughnuts.
That's it. My life is forever changed.
And these weren't just ANY doughnuts, my friends. Oh no. These were...are you ready for this?
ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE READY FOR THIS?
Okay, okay, sorry. I get a little too dramatic in the mornings.
BAKED. PUMPKIN. CAKE. DOUGHNUTS.
I took a trip to Target about a month ago, and was perusing the home section when I came across a Nordic Non-Stick Doughnut Pan for a low, low price. Being one to never pass up a good deal, I threw it in the cart without even the slightest bit of hesitation.
Also, can we just take a moment to talk about the magic that is Target itself? Has anyone honestly ever gone in there thinking, "I'm just going in to get ______, then I'm out of there!"? No. Never. It's impossible. At Target, you have the semi-freedom to shop with abandon...You always learn your lesson when you get to the register of course, but by then it's too late, and you've already figured out a place for your new items in respective rooms in your home. I love it there, and Boston's about to get one a LOT closer to home! And you know where I'll be opening day.
Let's move on!
The recipe itself was amazingly simple. Honestly, all I did was throw a few things in the bowl. And for tools? Bowl, spoon, whisk, measuring cups, doughnut pan. That's it. I'm sure all you bakers out there can agree that sometimes the simpler the recipe, the less cleanup, the happier EVERYONE IS. We all like to dabble in complicated masterpieces, but on occasion, it's just nicer to take it easy in the kitchen. Especially in the summer, especially after all this heat.
I think I spent a total of 30 minutes preparing the mixture, then scooped it into the pan using my handy dandy 1/4 cup ice cream scoop, set the oven to about 17 minutes, and it was done!
Dunkin' Donuts, you eat your heart out. Then, you can come over for doughnuts.
What You'll Need:
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, or 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus heaping 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons Unbleached Flour
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar mixture
Get the recipe here!