Pumpkin Doughnuts

Pumpkin Doughnuts

My posting schedule is going haywire. My good intentions, to post weekly at my scheduled time, are going awry and the universe is out to get me. I am not as organised as some of my wonderful blogger friends who always have two or three posts scheduled in advance. I usually fly by the seat of my pants! Most of the times I don’t even know what I’m posting till I sit down to write! You’re all probably wondering what I’m doing writing a blog at all with this level of disorganisation! In my defence, I’m usually not like this. I do have at least a few posts ready to go normally, but these days, nothing is normal.ย 

Pumpkin Doughnuts

I was all ready to write my post on Monday night and publish Tuesday and what happens? I catch a bloody cold. My head’s full of snot, my ears are blocked, my throat hurts, my ears are watery, my nose is red and raw, and my head is spinning in Exorcist proportions. If that’s not all, it’s been snowing since yesterday and it’s 3F/-16C outside with road conditions so slick, that I pretty much skated to my physical therapy appointment this morning.

Anyway, though I am seeing double, I will get this post out.

Pumpkin Doughnuts

Anyone who reads this blog regularly, will know that I have a love-hate relationship with pumpkin. But let it be known that I am a team player and will willingly and unselfishly, cook and bake with pumpkin solely for others ๐Ÿ™‚

Having said that, damn, these Pumpkin Doughnuts were delicious and especially with the ย salted caramel sauce and the chopped pistachios. Somehow, all those flavours just blended perfectly.

Pumpkin Doughnuts

I posted these because they got such rave reviews from adults and children alike. I wanted to make sure to taste a little bit so I broke off a tiny piece. I ended up eating two whole ones. Pumpkin doughnuts aren’t anything new, and they’ve been done before but I wanted to use my new pans, and this allowed me to do something seasonal for my cooking demo last Saturday. I am so glad I did! These will be made again.

Pumpkin Doughnuts

To me, a doughnut is not a doughnut unless it’s fried. However, I loathe frying and I didn’t want to fry in the showroom; not the best air flow there. I have mixed feelings on cake doughnuts because to me they are just….a muffin….with a hole….

Pumpkin Doughnuts

BUT, team player and all…here are my baked, pumpkin muffins, I mean doughnuts. In time for Thanksgiving breakfast or even dessert.

Pumpkin Doughnuts


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Serves: 12

Pumpkin Doughnuts scented with cinnamon and nutmeg and drizzled with salted caramel sauce.
  • 2 cups/300g all purpose/plain flour
  • 1ยฝ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup/235ml pumpkin purรฉe
  • ยผ cup/60g brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • ยฝ cup/118ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup/200g granulated sugar
  • ยผ cup/60ml water
  • ยฝ cup/118ml heavy/double cream
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Spray the doughnut pans with non stick spray.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and spices together.
  4. In another bowl, mix the pumpkin purรฉe, sugar, eggs and melted butter together.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture.
  6. Add half the milk first and mix into a thick batter.
  7. Add the rest if needed.
  8. You want a dropping consistency so if you need more milk, add by tablespoons.
  9. Add the vanilla and mix.
  10. Don't over mix or you'll have tough doughnuts.
  11. With two spoons, scoop out pumpkin batter and drop into doughnut pan, may need to drop small spoonfuls and then blend into one smooth doughnut.
  12. Fill ⅔ of the way and smooth out.
  13. Place in the oven and bake 15-20 minutes, or until firm and risen.
  14. Allow to cool on a rack for 5 minutes,
  15. Dust with powdered sugar if serving plain doughnuts, or dip into or drizzle salted caramel over the top.
  16. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
  17. Salted Caramel Sauce
  18. In a small sauce pan, add the sugar and water and heat on medium.
  19. Let the sugar melt and allow it to turn an amber colour.
  20. This will take some time, about 10-15 minutes.
  21. Watch carefully as the sugar can go from amber to burnt in seconds.
  22. Heat the cream in a small pitcher in the microwave and add the sea salt.
  23. Once the sugar turns a golden amber colour, add the cream carefully, it will splutter.
  24. Mix off heat until all the sugar is melted and the cream is incorporated.
  25. Pour into a heat proof jar and allow to cool.


Pumpkin Doughnuts

I hope everyone is having a great week so far, it’s almost the end of this week. I can’t believe that it is almost the end of the year. Where did this year go?ย 

  1. Hi again Nazneen! I’m a bit like you – I love the idea of pumpkin, but it seems so “meh” all the time. My father in law makes an amazing couscous which is always even better when he adds pumpkin. I’ve been making a few pumpkin soups recently but in general it’s the colour I like, as opposed to anything else. That said, I was in the store just after halloween and they were selling pumpkins leftover from halloween for 1kr per kilo… They weren’t huge, so it meant that one ended up being the equivalent of 15p in English money. I ended up with 4 of them because… that’s the kind of guy I am. Great deals, I’ll suck up, with no idea how I’m going to use them :p.

    Too bad I didn’t have doughnut pans – that would have been a great use for them. They look great too – very “warm”. That sauce on top sounds amazing. A veritable icing on the non-proverbial cake!
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  2. I’m with you on pumpkin- Last year I was all about pumpkin, but for some reason I’m just not feeling it this year. These look lovely, and I love the sauce on top ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. 3F! Brrrrr… I guess we all struggle at some point with being regular with our posts. Although I struggle all the while ๐Ÿ˜›
    My relationship is not much different to how you feel about pumpkins. Your pumpkin doughnuts are probably the best I have ever seen. And that caramel sauce….you definitely kmow how to tempt your readers. ๐Ÿ˜€
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  4. Hehe, good on you for being a team player. And that is so cold! How could it possibly get any colder and it’s not even officially winter yet. I’m like you in that I can’t ever seem to schedule posts in advance. Even if I know what I want to write for the next five posts I just can’t seem to get ahead. How do people manage it? I do love the look of your doughnuts xx
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  5. Hope you’re feeling better! I don’t have a big stack of posts ready to go, either. Each one gets written a day or two before I post. So I know exactly what you mean. Anyway, I really like the idea of pumpkin doughnuts! Sounds wonderful, and must try. Good pictures, too. Thanks for this.
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  6. LOL… I know you hate pumpkin treats but you can be surprise how great certain pumpkin treats are. I think there are certain recipes that don’t work. That’s all! If one don’t have great experience with pumpkin desserts, it seems everything else is disgusting. I am very picky about pumpkin pies because most don’t taste good. But when I found a favorite, I could eat it every day. You see… You made mouthwatering, delicious donuts.
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  7. Those do look quite tasty, Nazneen! I don’t have a doughnut pan – do you think they would work as muffins? I can’t see why not… While I like pumpkin fine, it isn’t something I crave like many of my friends. But I will try these for Thanksgiving week! I hope you feel better soon. xo, David
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    • Hi David! Yes, they should work as muffins. You may want to increase the butter a tad bit or add a bit of oil as well. Prolly need a bit more liquid for more of a muffin batter. I rarely crave pumpkin! I don’t understand people’s craziness over it.

  8. I am a huge fan of pumpkin – and Nazneen – these “Muffins with holes” or “Doughnuts” sound irresistible with cinnamon and nutmeg and that totally decadent Salted Caramel Sauce! I am proud of you for having the willpower to stop at 2 – I might have eaten them all and then drunk the remaining sauce! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you get to feeling better soon…