BAKED PUMPKIN DOUGHNUTS

IMG_5252We have a quote board at the SMS T2 house, and in anticipation of doughnuts for dessert, Erika found this quote! I’m not sure a doughnut without a hole is a Danish…. But what do you think?

Every once in awhile I hit a lull in my baking and cooking. Nothing excites me, and the thought of flour flying everywhere is more reminiscent of a nightmare than a dream. To rid myself of this baking block, I went for a wander around the Manchester (VT) Kitchen Store. And there it was. My new favorite kitchen accessory, my new required travel buddy. A doughnut (or donut … whatever floats your boat) pan.

The second I saw that doughnut pan, I felt like Picasso. But instead of paint I had flour. And instead of chopping off my ear, I was measuring and mixing. And eating. So much eating.

Last night I made 16 pumpkin doughnuts with cinnamon-sugar topping. Between the rest of my SMS T2 teammates and me one-half of a doughnut remains. I didn’t do any baking off the books — instead I just followed the recipe on the King Arthur Flour site for baked pumpkin doughnuts. But now that I know the pan works miracles and baked doughnuts are easy, I’m going to start experimenting (so look for more doughnut recipes in coming weeks)!

So the next time you are in a rut, just go get a doughnut pan. You can’t put a price on happiness.

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In my new doughnut pan – ready to bake!

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Now ready to eat with a real pumpkin garnish!

annie pumpkin doughnuts