Of Birthday Gifts and Pumpkin Donuts !
Close to the same time two years ago, my daughter received the Babycakes Mini Donut Maker . The decision might have been influenced by the fact that I had already been bitten by the baking bug . Well , as a person I'm not very given to trying out new things and the fact that my daughter never pestered me to give it a try , made me put it away high up on my kitchen closet . Sure, it did beckon me from time to time but I always had a perfect excuse ready for postponing it's trial.It even survived the trip from New York to the Carolinas but a recent flooring work in my kitchen again made it come back to the limelight.
Another thing that was beckoning me from the pantry was the can of pumpkin puree . Baking pumpkin into bars , cake, cheese cake and pie did not satiate me ..had to make doughnuts before bidding it adieu for this season (I have been known to change my mind) . So without further delay, i set upon the task of taking the donut maker out of its' box, actually reading the instructions and wiping it a mildly wet cloth as mentioned in the booklet. Did I mention that I was pleasantly surprised when I read that donuts are ready in 5 minutes flat? The donut maker also comes along with a wire cooling rack ,fork tool and sugar sprinkler. the fork tool came in extra handy while taking the donuts out .
Now add to the actually preparation. The recipe which was adapted from here was a fairly simple one so decided to rope in my daughter as well. She was the one who fetched me all these ingredients (well most of them ).
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar ( the original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cup but found that to be too sweet)
1 can pumpkin puree (closer to 2 cups)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup oil
All of the above ingredients (except the all purpose flour...we will add it later) go into a mixing bowl. (Meanwhile place the donut mixer on a flat surface and plug it in . It will take a few minutes to be ready(green light to come up).
Fold in the all purpose flour .Give it a quick stir but do not overmix.
Now transfer the batter to a pastry or ziplock bag and pipe it into the donut maker making sure as to not overfill.Close the lid (please use oven mitts) and the donuts will be ready in 5 mins (personally gave it 6 mins just to be sure).
Transfer to a wire rack with the help of a fork tool and let cool .
You can enjoy them "bare" (my favourite way ) or sprinkle some sugar or dip in caramel glaze (my kid's favorite).