Pumpkin Doughnuts

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I love these cake pumpkin doughnuts, I’ve been making them for years. This year I wanted to try something a little different, I wanted to roast my own pumpkin. We found the perfect pumpkin from the corn maze, that night I roasted and pureed it. What a difference fresh pumpkin made, I plan on making pumpkin bread next. I also have plenty left over in the freezer for some awesome pies for Thanksgiving.

I used the recipe below that my friend gave me to make the doughnuts.

Pumpkin Doughnut

Whisk together 1 egg, 1 egg yolk until frothy. Add 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree(you can use canned), 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted, and 1/2 cup buttermilk, whisk until combined. Stir 4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon salt. Fold in 3 cups sifted all-purpose until a sticky dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 15 mins. Meanwhile heat 2″ oil to 370 degrees in an electric skillet, deep fryer, or straight sided pan over medium heat. Pat out dough on a well-floured surface to 1/2 thick, then cut with 3″ and 1″ biscuit cutters dipped in flour. Transfer doughnuts and holes in heated oil until browned, about 3 mins, turning once. Drain on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Finish with sugar or glaze.

Apple Cider glaze

1/4 cup apple cider (can be substituted for unsweetened chai tea), pinch of salt and 3 cups powered sugar. Heat cider(or chai) and salt in a small saucepan over low heat until hot. Off heat, whisk in powered sugar until smooth. Dip cooled doughnuts in glaze and let stand about 5 mins.

I love Doughtnuts so if you know any good recipes for me to try, send me a link.

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Disney with Grandma

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That Castle.

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Chicken and Waffle Sandwich, So good even my husband loved it.

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Having fun on the Carousal.

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Had to have our Pineapple Dole Whip.

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Dumbo!

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Getting Daisy’s autograph.

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Growing up, I remember all the trips we took with my grandma; trips to the Springs in Florida, Disney, Key West, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, and to the Beaches whenever possible. We spent so much time with her, and I will always treasure those memories. As we’ve gotten older however, time seems to move faster, and we haven’t had the chance to spend as much time with her as before. Her age definitely is not a factor in this new development, because her age has in no way slowed her down. She may not have Facebook, email, or a smartphone, but she travels more than anyone I know, and still sees her friends from grammar school up in Michigan. She probably has more friends then I do, though sadly that number gets smaller as she and they get older. That’s why this Disney trip with my grandma and daughter was so important to me. I wanted my daughter to experience what I had with my grandma. It was a wonderful day of meeting Minnie and Daisy (my grandma’s favorite characters), as well as riding the Dumbo and It’s a Small World ride. It’s amazing how much Disney has changed from the beginning. My grandma and father tells me stories of how Disney was when it first opened in the 70’s, and the Disney hotels where they stayed. I would love to have gone back to when it first opened to see how much it has changed over time. It was a wonderful day, and I am so happy my daughter and grandma shared this memorable day together at Disney!