Pumpkin pie and doughnuts are meant to be together

November 6, 2013 9:38:57 AM

  -

 

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving may not coincide very often, but these pumpkin honey doughnuts will make you wish they did. 

 

To help bridge these holidays, we borrowed a classic dessert of each -- fried doughnuts for Hanukkah and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving -- and brought them together in one delicious mouthful. The result is a terrifically moist fried doughnut rich with the flavors of pumpkin pie. A glaze of cinnamon- and lemon-spiked honey ties everything together. 

 

 

 

PUMPKIN HONEY DOUGHNUTS 

 

Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours (45 minutes active) 

 

Makes 3 dozen doughnut holes 

 

 

 

2 teaspoons instant yeast 

 

3 cups all-purpose flour 

 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

 

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 

 

1/2 cup warm water 

 

15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 

 

1 egg 

 

1/3 cup honey 

 

2 tablespoons sugar 

 

2 tablespoons lemon juice 

 

1 teaspoon cinnamon 

 

Vegetable oil, for frying 

 

 

 

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the yeast, flour, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the water, pumpkin and egg until a thick, smooth batter forms. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 45 minutes. 

     

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and stir well. Remove from the heat. 

     

  • In a large, deep skillet over medium-high, heat 1 inch of oil to 375 F. 

     

  • Working in batches, carefully drop the batter by the tablespoonful into the hot oil. A cookie or small ice cream scoop makes this easier. Turning occasionally, fry the doughnuts until deep golden brown all over and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried doughnuts to a large bowl. Drizzle the honey syrup over the doughnuts and toss to coat. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Serve immediately. 

     

    Nutrition information per serving: 80 calories; 25 calories from fat (31 percent of total calories); 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 2 g protein; 30 mg sodium.