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pumpkin donut holes

I have to admit, the only time I ever make donuts is when I’m entertaining and donut holes are a fun dessert that gets everyone involved. This recipe was adapted from www.epicurious.com and are best served the same day they are made.

1 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons buttermilk
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin purée
Canola oil, for frying

Cinnamon Sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
2. Using an electric mixer, combine sugar and butter until well blended. Add 1/2 egg (discard extra egg or save for later use), egg yolk and vanilla. Slowly add buttermilk, beating until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add pumpkin and mix until incorporated.
3. Fold in dry ingredients in 2-3 additions, blending after each addition. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours.
4. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out dough until about 1/2-inch thick. Using a small, round cutter, cut dough into rounds, no larger than size of a dime. Roll into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue until all dough is used.
5. Line another baking sheet with a layer of paper towels. Pour enough oil into a medium saucepan or fryer, and place over medium heat (deep-fry thermometer should register about 365°F). Fry donut holes in batches until golden brown, turning occasionally, about 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet.
6. On a large plate, carefully combine sugar and cinnamon. When cool enough to handle, gently roll warm donut holes in cinnamon sugar and serve warm.

Makes approximately 18-20 donut holes.


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