>> Sunday, October 9, 2011
This year my oldest son is in first grade. A whole new landscape for us. He rides the bus, stays at school for the whole day, comes home grumpy as all get-out ready to point out all the things I didn't do right -- forgetting to cut the crust off his sandwich or not filling up the water bottle properly. All those super important things any mom worth anything knows. There are new kids, a new teacher, a new building, larger amounts of homework, bigger expectations. And new after school activities.
This year, my little boy became a Cub Scout. Primarily because he would get to "shoot guns and things, wear a uniform, and start fires." Very valid reasons to enlist in the Cub Scouts. And now, we're selling popcorn for the scouts. Which brings me to this minor point of irritation -- why do they line all the prizes up at the meeting and say "look kids, you can win this super awesome boomerang if you just sell $400,000 of popcorn! Or, how about a squirt gun for a measly $1 million in sales? Or, if you sign over your first born child now, you can win a scooter!!! And why is a plastic nerf-like gun that you win for selling 2 billion dollars worth of popcorn so much cooler than a similar version which can be purchased for less than $15 at WalMart or Target in your kid's eyes? Ahh, the mysteries of parenthood.
In happier news, these donuts are cheap and easy! I had requested a donut pan for my birthday from the kids. Apparently my oldest son waivered at the store when his dad suggested it because "mom is on a diet". But, his love of donuts prevailed and instead of a donut pan they brought home a donut making device that looks kind of like a waffle iron. I found a recipe for pumpkin donuts from Taste and Tell. I followed the directions with just 2 minor modifications/additions. I added some nutmeg to the glaze and I dipped them in cinnamon sugar after I glazed them. And of course I baked them in my fancy contraption rather than the oven. I am normally not a big fan of donuts because to me they have a taste of grease/oil. Because these were baked they were more like a cake or muffin. They were delicious and I'll definitely be making them again!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a doughnut pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Set aside.
- In another bowl, cream together the brown sugar, butter and pumpkin. Add in the eggs, mix well, then mix in the vanilla. Stir in the reserved dry ingredients.
- Place the mix in a large zip-top bag. Cut off the corner and pipe into the doughnut pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven, let rest for 5 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk.
- When the doughnuts are cooled, dip them in the glaze. Follow by dipping in cinnamon-sugar while glaze is still wet. (mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon to make cinnamon-sugar). Return to the wire rack to allow the glaze to set.