Finally, the summer is over (not that we are happy about it) and we are back to the kitchen and excited to turn on the oven again. Halloween Pumpkin Donuts (baked, not fried) are one of our favorite fall treats and not only for the Halloween.
You can make them for any other occasion. If you love pumpkin as much as we do in all it’s shapes and variations, you are gonna love this recipe too.
The best part – they are not unhealthy as standard fried donuts. Still, they are incredibly tasty and so pretty looking.
All you need is some pumpkin and basic ingredients – flour, sugar, butter, milk, egg + some nice autumn spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger for extra aroma.
Glazing your donuts is just an option – you can get creative with colors and toppings or serve them as they come from the oven.
As for the occasion – well, Halloween is a perfect one to offer the pumpkin donuts as a treat. If they are kids involved, rest assured they are gonna love these Baked Halloween Pumpkin Donuts.
Baked Halloween Pumpkin Donuts
For the Donut Batter:
- 100 g all-purpose flour
- 50 g granulated sugar - (or honey)
- 30 g butter - (melted)
- 1 egg
- 50 ml milk
- 100 g pumpkin puree (canned) - or 250 g of raw pumpkin (to make puree out of it)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon - (optional)
- 1 tsp nutmeg powder - (optional)
- 1 tsp ginger powder - (optional)
For the Sugar Glaze:
- 100 g powdered sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1-2 tbsp. milk
- Food Coloring - (optional)
- Sprinkles - (optional)
- some Poppy Seeds - (optional)
To make the Pumpkin puree:
- Peal the pumpkin and cut it into small cubes
- Place in the baking tray and bake in preheated oven at 180ºC for 15-20 min
- Take it out of the oven, let it sit for few minutes and then process it in a food processor (or mash it manually with a fork) until smooth as puree
For the donuts batter:
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger powders
- In another bowl whisk together egg, milk, melted butter and pumpkin puree
- Add wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir (do not overmix)
- Spray the donut pan with nonstick spray (or grease it with butter or oil)
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC
- Using a pastry bag (or a ziploc bag) pipe the batter into a donut pan filling about 3/4 of the way full
- Bake between 10 and 15 minutes (my oven bakes them perfectly in 12 minutes)
- To check if they are done, after 10 min open the oven and poke a donut with a toothpick. If it comes sticky it needs few more minutes. If it comes clean - it's done.
- Let the donuts cool down before removing them from the donut pan
- Once they are cooled down, you can remove them from the donut pan and place them upside-down on a wire rack
For the Sugar Glaze:
- Whisk together powdered sugar and a pinch of salt
- Add 1 tbsp. of milk and whisk to combine
- Add food coloring (optional)
- Check the consistence of the glaze - if it's too thick add a little bit more of milk (1/2 tbsp. or 1 spoon)If it gets too liquid add more powdered sugar
- Dip the warm donuts into the sugar glaze and return them quickly to the wire rack
- If using sprinkles, put them immediately while the glaze is still liquid
- We used orange food coloring and sprinkle the donuts with Poppy Seeds to follow the Halloween theme. We also did white glaze (without adding any color) and top it up with some orange and red sprinkles. You can decorate your donuts as per your wish - it could be sprinkles, grounded nuts, chocolate chips, dry fruit...
- **Remember to turn the donuts upside down after removing them from the baking pan. What was baking downside, should be the upper part of the donut and covered in glaze
- Keep the donuts in the fridge or at cold place for some time before serving (1 hour approx.) or until the glaze is firm
- If you are making the pumpkin puree from the scratch (instead of using canned), take into account that the weight of the pumpkin reduces after baking (and also after removing the skin).
- You will need around 200 - 250 g of raw, unpeeled pumpkin to get 100 g of pumpkin puree.
- This proportion also depends on the type of pumpkin. We like to use Butternut Pumpkin in almost all foods, especially in desserts because it's sweeter than some other types.
- Baking time of the donuts is between 10 and 15 minutes but that will also depend on the oven you have. To make sure they are done use a toothpick method. After 10 min of baking poke a donut with a toothpick and, if it comes clean - it's done. If it comes sticky and with the batter on it - it needs some more time.
- Don't forget turning your donuts upside-down once you remove them from the baking pan.
- As the upper part of your donuts will grow while baking and the down part will stay shaped by the baking mold, you will need to serve them turned upside-down to achieve that nice, round donut look.
- The glaze will go on the top of what was down side of the donuts while baking.
- Keep in fridge for 30min-1hr before serving so the glaze can sit and get firm.
- If you are using the glaze, keep in mind that it might change overnight so they will be best consumed the same day. If you want to eat your donuts the day after, then maybe better not adding the glaze or adding it the same day that they will be eaten.
- Important: Baked donuts are absolutely delicious but, keep in mind that they will not have the same taste as standard, fried donuts. Don't expect that taste.
- Baked donuts will taste more like muffins (just with sugar glaze on top) and shaped as donuts. However, baking makes them healthier versions of donuts (and easier to make).
Baked Pumpkin Donuts are a great alternative to standard, deep-fried donuts in case you are trying to be on the healthier side.
The taste is, of course, not the same but, visually looking, especially if they are glazed, there is no difference.
Maybe you can trick your eye (or your kids) for the healthier substitute of the favorite treat.
Why not! You are making yourself a favor.
Anyway, even though the taste is, obviously, not the same as standard, fried donuts, baked pumpkin donuts are incredibly delicious. You will hardly have only one.
Another point in favor – they are super easy to make.
All you need to have is a special, donut-shaped baking pan and they will come out beautiful and perfectly round.
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