These baked pumpkin doughnuts are so moist and flavorful, you won’t miss their fried counterpart. These are perfect for the season and so simple to prepare.
Pumpkin and chocolate make a delicious pairing, but this chocolate glaze would be irresistible on just about anything. It’s actually a thin version of a ganache, so it’s rich, flavorful and not overly sweet. Chop walnuts top these beauties off and add great texture and crunch.
- 1 ½ C all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch each of cloves allspice and freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 large egg
- ¾ C light brown sugar packed
- ¾ C pumpkin puree
- ¾ C buttermilk
- Dash of vanilla extract
- ¼ C unsalted butter melted
- 3 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate finely chopped
- ½ C heavy cream
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ C toasted salted walnuts, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 6-cavity doughnut pan (or 2 pans if you have them).
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through nutmeg).
- In another bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar. Whisk in the pumpkin puree, followed by the buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in butter.
- Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients in 2-3 additions until just combined. Transfer batter to a piping bag or plastic Ziploc, and cut off the tip. Pipe half of the batter into the prepared pan, filling nearly to the top. Alternatively, you can fill the pan using two spoons, and then smooth out the top.
- Bake on the center rack of the oven for 10-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining half of the batter.
- When doughnuts are cooled, prepare the glaze. Place chopped chocolate in a bowl. Add cream and salt to a small pot and warm over medium heat. When cream comes to a simmer, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Allow to sit for about two minutes, then stir to combine. Cool slightly.
- Dip the tops of the doughnuts into the glaze, flip and return to the wire rack. After dipping all of the doughnuts, sprinkle with the chopped nuts. Allow the glaze to cool at room temperature, then transfer to the fridge until the glaze sets completely. Enjoy.
My Three Seasons represents the 3 key factors that are most important to me in cooking. #1 Seasonal ingredients #2 Proper Seasoning (don't skimp on that salt!) #3 Cooking like a Seasoned chef (technique is everything). My name's Sabrina. I live in NYC. I'm a registered dietitian with professional cooking and food styling experience. Come cook with me.