October 2, 2012

Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

Happy October! I am still bewildered at how we are almost at the end of the year, but I am happy that my favorite month of the year is finally here after a very long and hot Summer. I am ready for the crisp, cool weather, Fall colors, my upcoming trip to Connecticut to visit my mom {and an apple picking trip!}, mine and Peter's wedding anniversary {13 years!} and of course, pumpkin recipes! 

My first pumpkin recipe of 2012 is for a fun event. A couple of weeks ago, my food blogging friend Phoebe Lapine of the blog, Feed Me Phoebe, sent me an email inviting me to participate in a virtual potluck party to promote Chef Race: UK vs. US, a new reality show produced by Jamie Oliver. You may recognize Phoebe's name from the cookbook, In The Small Kitchen, and the blog, Big Girls, Small Kitchen, both of which she co-wrote with her friend, Cara Eisenpress. Phoebe has her own business as a private chef and has also made two appearances on the popular Food Network show, The Barefoot Contessa. Her most recent television appearance is now on Chef Race! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Phoebe this year and am thrilled to be a part of her virtual potluck party. 

Chef Race follows sixteen chefs {8 Brits and 8 Americans} as they race across the USA from Los Angeles to New York City cooking along the way with minimal supplies and no money. The members of each team need to rely on more than their cooking skills to race their way to the $100,000 prize: resourcefulness, ingenuity, charm and leadership are all necessary for their success.

Chef Race premiers tonight on BBC America {look for your local channel here}, and Phoebe asked those of us coming to her virtual potluck party to share an American recipe, so I made these scrumptious Pumpkin Doughnut Holes. Doughnuts are a quintessential American sweet treat and are delicious no matter what time of day you eat them. To celebrate Fall, these doughnut holes have all the warm spices we associate with the season. Once they have cooled, they are rolled in melted butter and then coated in cinnamon-sugar to make them extra special. These are not really doughnut holes, though...they are actually mini muffins. But once they are rolled through the butter and cinnamon-sugar, they resemble the doughnut holes so many of us know and love. So we'll just call them doughnut holes, ok? It just sounds more fun that way!

I will be munching on a few of these Pumpkin Doughnut Holes as I cheer on Phoebe and Team USA tonight! Below is a delicious list of recipes that were brought to the potluck party by the other participants. Make sure you also visit Phoebe's fabulous blog to read her viewing party post and to browse all of her fantastic recipes. You are going to love what you see!

Feed Me PhoebeKitchen Sink (Gluten-Free) Mac n' Cheese
Cooking With BooksApple Pie Shortcake
The Naptime ChefBaked Mac & Cheese with Marinara
Creative CulinarySpiked Apple Crisp
And Love It TooCoconut Flour Apple Crumble (Nut-Free)
Sarcastic CookingGrilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon and Tomato
Umami GirlAll-American Macaroni and Cheese
The Promise 365Grandma Mary's Baked Beans
Women on FireRed, White, and Blue Muddle Sunrise
One Hungry MamaDulce de Leche Apple Pie
Mother Would KnowBasil, Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pasta
Ronaldo's CucinaCuban-Inspired Ground Beef
Chef Pippa CallandDeviled Eggs
Stan FrazierShrimp Scampi
Sweet Dreams LAFuji Apple Bread Pudding with Southern Whiskey Butter Sauce 
Chef Robin BodwinBread and Butter Jalapenos
RawstachioElvis Sandwich 2.0
Chef Cody UtzmanGrilled Rib Eyes with Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes and Sweet Corn Salad

Pumpkin Doughnut Holes
Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking
Makes 24 mini muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin puree {not pumpkin pie filling}
1/2 cup milk {whole or 2%}

For the coating:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 24-cup {or 2 12-cup} mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Set aside. 

In another medium bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree and milk until the mixture is completely smooth and free of lumps. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients  and use a spatula to mix until all the ingredients are completely combined.

Use a small spoon or ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake the muffins for 10-12 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Begin checking for doneness at the 10 minute mark and add a few additional minutes to the baking time if the muffins are still not cooked through completely.

Once the muffins are finished baking, remove the pan to a wire rack and allow the muffins to cool for 30 minutes in the muffin pan. In the meantime, melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly. In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and the cinnamon and set aside. 

Once the muffins have cooled, coat each one lightly with the melted butter and then roll through the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat completely. Set the muffins on a platter in one layer. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Comments (8)

So fun! I wish I had BBC - too cheap for cable - cause this show would be on my list! And these doughnuts holes? Are Totally on the list!

Posted by Megan

Hello Flavia...I am a fellow Houston food blogger. I am JUST discovering other food bloggers in this huge city. Nice to 'meet' you and I am going to the upcoming dinner that Meagan is organizing. You have a beautiful site!

Posted by Sarah (thyme)

Yum! I am putting these on my weekend baking list. The kids will LOVE them- thanks for sharing!


I love these doughnut holes, Flavia! The perfect way to kick off pumpkin baking season :).


How interesting. I saw a commercial for the show on television! And I like how these mini muffins are bigger than doughnuts, but are just as cute!

Posted by Stephanie

I was talking to one of the UK contestants about this show over the weekend and it sounds so much fun, I hope it makes it on to our screens. When it does, these pumpkin doughnut holes will make excellent TV watching food!

Posted by Kathryn

First of all, how in the world have you been married 13 years? There is no way you are old enough!! :) And these donuts look fantastic. I want some right now!

Posted by Deborah

Flavia!!! What a wonderful write-up! Thank you so much for all your kind words and support - all of Team America appreciated it! Now, as for this recipe, could anything sound more delicious? I must make these immediately, during my next bout of gluten weakness. Much love, Phoebe

Posted by Phoebe Lapine
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