Once a year, I indulge my family (and myself!.. who am I kidding) with homemade donuts. It's a fall tradition around here. Since everything these days has to do with pumpkin, I used my home-grown pumpkin for this. I am posting a recipe for what I think I did.
Keeping in mind that you CAN make donuts as easily as getting a package of frozen bread dough or even those refrigerated biscuits, or you can come up with your own version of dough like I have. I like YEAST donuts, not cake donuts. Of course, I'm not a real fan of cake in general.
(Notice the pumpkin shaped donuts--thanks to a pumpkin cookie cutter!)
So, this whole thing started with me trying to figure out what to do with my already cooked pumpkin.. I was going to make another batch of pumpkin butter, but the kids kept drinking my apple cider! By the time they had consumed 4 gallons of cider, I gave up and mixed the pumpkin with some evaporated milk. But then, do I really want to make a pie?
when I can fry?
Oh, the yummy deliciousness of a homemade donut!
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin (or your own cooked pumpkin)
1 15 oz can of evaporated milk (or you can probably use regular milk)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 t. each of: nutmeg, ginger, allspice
1-2 t. of: cinnamon
Mix these up in a separate bowl
In the big mixer: Add 2 cups warm water with 3 T. dry yeast/ and 1/3 cup of honey
Make sure the yeast "proofs"
Add the pumpkin mixture
Add: whole grain flour apx. 4 cups ( I used 2 cups wheat and 2 cups spelt)
Add 1 T. salt and 1/2 cup oil
Mix for 6 minutes on low speed. (Or if you are mixing by hand, mix well)
Gradually add apx. 6 cups of white flour to the mix until you get a bread-dough consistency.
Roll out your dough and shape little donut blobs.
While they are rising, heat the oil. This usually takes 1/2 hour.
Fry the donuts-- a few minutes on each side. You may have to experiment with how long to fry each one.
We use a glaze or a cinnamon and sugar mix to flavor the donuts.
Glaze: Put 2 cups of powdered sugar in a bowl, add 1/4 salt, 1/2 t. vanilla
Add the half and half (or milk) gradually until a glaze forms. Start with just 2 T. of half and half because a little goes a long way.
Or: cinnamon and sugar mix: Put apx. 1 1/2 cups of sugar in a bag, add 2 T or more of cinnamon. Throw the hot donut in the mix and shake!
Menu Plan for week:
Monday: homemade bread/ clean out the fridge soup
Tuesday: Grandma Marilyn's wild rice and chicken salad
Wednesday: signature noodle dish
Thursday: pork loin, potatoes, salad, apple sauce
Friday: cheese burgers!
For more good menus, look at the organizing junkie's MPM.