Monday, October 17, 2011

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

One of the unfortunate things about Ottawa is that there aren't any good places to get donuts.  Sorry Tim Horton's fans, but those aren't real donuts.  So, I decided that I would need to satisfy my own donut craving.  Since I'm a little weary of frying things in my tiny kitchen, I picked up a donut pan.  This pan may have changed my life.  I can now make baked donuts at home.  I can make them any flavour that I want, and I can top them with anything I want.  To kick things off, I decided to make pumpkin donuts.  I topped half of them with dark chocolate glaze and the other half with cinnamon-sugar.  My preference was for the cinnamon-sugar version, but the chocolate was pretty delicious too.

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons plain fat free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 oz. dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.  In a separate bowl, blend together the pumpkin, maple syrup, brown sugar, egg, butter, yogurt, vanilla, and buttermilk until smooth.  Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined.

Cut a large hole into the tip of a pastry bag or a Ziplock bag and fill the bag with the donut dough.  Pipe the dough into the greased.

Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.  Remove the donuts and cool them on a wire rack.

While the donuts cool slightly, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Add the sugar and cinnamon to a separate bowl and mix well.  Take each donut and dip each side into the melted butter.  Then dip the donut in the cinnamon-sugar and swirl the bowl so the sugar coats it well, then turn the donut over and coat the other side.

Alternatively, melt 2 ounces of dark chocolate and vegetable oil in the microwave. Stir and return to the microwave until the mixture is smooth.  Dip the donuts into the chocolate.


  1. Oh my word, you will have to make me some when I come in 2 weeks! I can not believe that you are such an adventuresome cook!

  2. wow well they sure look authentic! you had me fooled :)

  3. oh my, you got me wanting a donut pan too! loving the idea of baked donuts! never been a big fan of deep frying

  4. I am wondering if you could make these in muffin form, I do not have a doughnut pan and just cannot add one more pan to my kitchen! Love the idea of pumpkin anything that tastes like a doughnut.

    I do have a great recipe for muffins that taste like doughnuts and hoping this would work here!

  5. I think it might work as muffins. Just adjust the baking time, they would probably take closer to 20 minutes.

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