Kristen asked me to post this recipe, so here you go, dear friend! :) I saw the recipe on The Picky Apple and knew I had to try it. They are quite yummy and I'm always willing to try a new way to bake pumpkin. Next time I make them I will bake them in a mini-muffin pan so that they are more like doughnut holes. Mmmm.
Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins
from Everyday Food, November 2010
For the Batter:
- 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (I didn't have any on hand, so I used pumpkin pie spice in place of the nutmeg and allspice)
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup light-brown sugar (I only had dark-brown and it turned out fine)
- 2 large eggs
For the Sugar Coating:
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 12 standard muffin cups. Make batter. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and allspice. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions pumpkin mixture and beat to combine.
Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each muffin cup and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Let muffins cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Working with one at a time, remove muffins from pan, brush all over with butter, then toss to coat in sugar mixture. Let muffins cool completely on a wire rack.