This was not my husbands first choice of recipes when I told him I was making mini donuts for breakfast, but he ended up loving them. Clara loved them too - and they were just her size! There were none left after we got through with them. The cider glaze is a very thin, clear glaze.. just enough to give it that cider taste. And it goes so well with the pumpkin. And of course, the donuts go well with a cup of coffee. ;)
And here is the dough all piped in the cute donut tins, and ready for baking..
Mini Pumpkin Donuts with a Cider Glaze (Printable Recipe)
- 1 cup cider
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch of cloves
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup buttermilk*
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- sprinkles or nuts to top them off - optional (I did not use any)
Preheat oven to 425 F and lightly grease a mini donut pan.
For the glaze: Simmer the cider over a med-high heat in a saucepan until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 15 minutes. Whisk in the confectioners' sugar until smooth, and then whisk in the butter. Set aside.
Meanwhile, for the donuts: Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. In a larger bowl, whisk the egg with the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla, and then add the dry ingredients. Using a rubber spatula, mix gently until just combined. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Cut the corner off the bag and pipe the batter evenly into the mini donut molds.
Bake until just springy to the touch, 5-7 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack with parchment paper underneath. Spoon and spread the glaze over top. Top with nuts or sprinkles, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes roughly 12 donuts.
*Buttermilk: If you don't have buttermilk, you can use a buttermilk substitute. Or I highly recommend purchasing a powdered buttermilk. I purchased it at WalMart and use it in all kinds of things - including pancakes (it has a yummy pancake recipe on the canister).
source: Food Network Kitchens