Happy Halloween! I thought these cute and festive baked pumpkin donuts would be a fun recipe to share today given the holiday. But these donuts are not exclusive to Halloween. Make them for the rest of fall and pair them with cider for a yummy fall treat!
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
A few weeks ago, my mom told me she purchased a donut pan to make donuts in the oven. I have always wanted to try my hand at homemade donuts, but never had the pan. (If you want to try these and don’t have the pan, you could easily use a muffin tin, they just wouldn’t have a hole in the center! I used this pan if you are interested in buying.) For our first try at donuts, they didn’t turn out too bad. I normally like to share quick and easy recipes with you because those are the types of recipes I use and appreciate most! Typically, I like starting with a cake mix or finding another shortcut, but for these, we went purely and simply from scratch. I found the recipe on King Arthur Flour’s website, so it’s not an ABM original.
As far as the recipe went, I would probably make some changes if I make these again. I don’t know if the recipe intended this or not, but these donuts came out very cake-y. For the sugar, the recipe says “1 to 1 1/2 cup sugar”. I went with the 1 cup because I don’t like anything super sweet. Maybe that also changed the texture? I also found that the donuts looked a little tiny when they came out of the oven. I only filled the pans 3/4 full like the recipe said, but there wasn’t much rising that happen. With the glaze and the sprinkles, they came to life, but if I were to make them again, I would probably fill them fuller.
These few issues aside, the donuts were delicious. And much healthier than the fried version! I am definitely looking forward to trying another donut recipe with these pans again. I might try out the plain version to get a basis and see how the texture comes out (if it is still cake-y) or if it was an ingredient that is exclusive to these pumpkin donuts. Have you ever tried making homemade donuts? I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday and Halloween!