I’m a bit obsessed with this dough batter: it comes together in about 10 minutes and is whole grain, low in sugar, and even has a dose of protein.
After some testing with baking, I’ve decided that frying is the way to go. While you can bake them (they will hold their shape), I found the inside of the dough had a gummier texture and it was hard to get even baking on the inside/outside. Frying led to a much better texture and overall flavor, and was more than worth doing.
Sick of pumpkin? Try the original recipe I adapted these from- my chai spiced donuts!
Pumpkin Cider Donuts
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (180g)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup (120g) full fat skyr or greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup white sugar (25g)
- 1 tablespoon butter melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cinnamon Spice Sugar Coating:
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Whisk baking powder, flour, and salt in medium bowl.
- Whisk egg yolk, sugar, pumpkin puree, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl.
- Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients with a spatula- fold batter until dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
- Place dough on floured surface or parchment paper. Sprinkle flour on top of dough- be generous and sprinkle more flour on top until the dough does not stick to the rolling pin or counter. Roll out until 1/2’’ thick.
- Using a biscuit cutter or glass, cut donuts into 4’’ discs. For each disc, punch a whole in the center with your thumb and use your hands to lightly smooth out and mold the dough into a circular donut shape. Place donut on parchment paper.
- Once you’ve cut out all the discs you possibly can, combine the leftover dough back together.
- Repeat steps 4-6 until you’ve used all of the batter. You can also make donut holes with the dough if desired.
- In a small bowl, combine the spices and sugar for the spice coating.
- Pour canola oil into a deep heavy cast iron pot until about 2 inches deep. Heat oil until 350 degrees.
- Place donut in oil and fry until light brown, about 90s per side. Immediately place back on parchment paper once done to lightly cool.
- Roll donut in spice coating and then place back on parchment.