Make it a Meal Monday: Pumpkin Donuts

Homer Simpson said it best, “Mmmmm, donuts.”

Donuts are the great equalizer (unless you have a gluten allergy but this recipe can be made gluten free).  Everyone loves donuts and they play an important role in the workplace.

You see, Greg did not fully understand how to make friends and win people over on the work place. It’s quite simple and involves a few steps:

  1. Bring food in every once in awhile.
  2. If everyone is ordering in, put away the spinach and chicken breast you packed for lunch.
  3. Participate in the office lottery pool.

Side note: Ok, three really isn’t necessary but do you want to be that person who isn’t an instant millionaire?

Donuts are the best possible way to win friends in an office place.  You are essentially king/queen for the day.  Now if you made them yourself (or had your loving wife do them because she needed a blog post), even better.  When I worked in an office, I always brought food in for my coworkers and it made people happy.  Nothing better than starting your Valentine’s Day with a strawberry flavored, heart shaped rice crispie treat.

Greg didn’t get this until last week.

Enter the sugar/cinnamon powdered pumpkin donut holes.  He had mentioned that after 9 years of working in the same building, he wanted to bring something in since people seemed to do it all the time.

After picking up my jaw because HE’S NEVER BROUGHT FOOD IN FOR COWORKERS, we quickly rectified it. I don’t think Greg was ever so popular in the office as he was the day he brought in these delicious bites.

Pumpkin Donut Holes (from King Arthur Flour)

What you will need:

Donuts

  • 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 a 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 (8 ounces) flour
  • Two mini muffin pans

Coating

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice mix

1.  Blend everything but the muffin pans and flour together.

pumpkin donut hole recipe

2. It should look like this:

pumpkin donut hole recipe

3. Add your flour.  If you eat gluten free, add your gluten free flour mixture here.

pumpkin donut hole recipe

4. Scoop about 1 tablespoon into each mini muffin cavity and bake at 350 for 18 minutes. Do the toothpick test to see if they are done.  If not, put them back in.

pumpkin donut hole recipe

5. Once they are done, let them sit for four minutes in the pans.  Remove them and place them on a wire rack.

pumpkin donut hole recipe

6. Depending on when you serve them, tells you when you should coat them.  If you plans on serving immediately, coat them when slightly warm.  If you plan on serving them the next day, put in rubbermaid and coat them when slightly sticky from being stored.

To coat them, mix sugar and pumpkin pie seasoning to taste and place in a large bowl.  Add a few donut holes and swirl them around to coat in sugar mixture.

pumpkin donut hole recipe

7. Enjoy!

pumpkin donut hole recipe

 

Undomestic Goddess’s Note: Sorry to anyone who got a partially written blog post this morning.  I wanted to upload my iPhone pictures to a post which I started on the phone.  Needless to say I hit the wrong button.  Ooops!

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