Pumpkin Chai Donuts

Pumpkin Chai Donuts
It’s that time again, once again for the Secret Recipe Club reveal. After a crazy weekend with too many commitments, it was nice to have something so nice to look forward to baking. Truth is, I made these the day I first got my assignment for this month, but then decided that yesterday, it would be wonderful to make them again, because well….  they are just that good. And this time I made them into actual donuts. Which I didn’t think would make them better, but they were.

Secret Recipe Club

My blog assignment for November was Sweet as Sugar Cookies. I loved her blog, it is filled with sweet treats and yummy desserts (along with some other delicious savory dishes.) A few favorites were Salted Honey Lavender Shortbread, Pumpkin Chai Bubble Bread, Butterscotch Yams and Spicy Peanut Butter Meatballs.

In the end, the Pumpkin Chai Donuts won out because of my passion for all three. Pumpkin, Oh yeah, Chai? Yep! Donuts… I love donuts!

I originally made them exactly the way she made them, into little mini muffin gems – they were amazing, so tender and moist and delicious. This time, I did a little of both, a few mini muffins gems and a few donuts. You can do it whichever way you wish.

The only change I really made to the whole recipe, was the cooking time and temperature. I really wanted a moist donut with the wonderful pumpkin and chai flavor to be the focus. I achieved that.

Pumpkin Chai Donuts
 
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A moist, soft, fluffy donut with the wonderful flavors of pumpkin and chai spice.
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Recipe type: Donut
Cuisine: American
Serves: approx. 20 donuts or 48 mini muffins
Ingredients
For the batter:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground allspice
  • ⅓ cup of milk
  • 1¼ cup of pure pumpkin puree
  • 10 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temp
  • ¾ cup of light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (I used 3 medium)
For the Sugar coating:
  • 6 teaspoons of chai spice (see recipe below)
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • melted butter for dipping the donuts
Sweet as Sugar Cookies’ Chai Spice Blend
  • 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons of cloves (or allspice)
  • ½ teaspoon of white pepper
Instructions
To Make the Chai Spice:
  1. Combine all the spices and mix well. The results will be more than you need, but you can use it for all sorts of things. Store in a spice jar or mason jar (I tripled it and put it in a small mason jar)
For the donuts:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease your donut pans, or if you are making mini donut muffins, grease your mini muffin pans.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the first six dry ingredients.
  4. In another bowl, combine the milk and the pumpkin puree.
  5. In another bowl, beat the butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, individually scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. Add the dry flour ingredients a little at a time, alternating between the pumpkin mixture until well combined. Batter will be thick.
  7. I used a mini ice cream scoop to fill the mini muffin tins.
  8. For the full size donuts, I put the batter into a baggie and cut off the tip to use as a piping bag. I piped the batter into the donut pan.
  9. Bake for 13-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
For the Chai Sugar Mixture:
  1. Melt about a half cup of butter or so.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the sugar with the chai spice you made.
  3. Allow the donuts or muffins to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove them from the pan, and dip them into the melted butter, and the toss in the sugar-spice mixture, until coated.
  5. You can start eating them immediately, but best to give them about 10 minutes to cool down a little more.

 

Pumpkin Chai Donut Muffins

Comments

  1. says

    So glad that you tried these donut muffins. They’re one of my faves and I’m as crazy about pumpkin and chai flavors as you are. I think I better put donut pan on my Christmas list so I can start making your donut version of them.

  2. says

    Nicole, these donuts are fabulous! You hit it out of the park with the flavour combo – I love that you paired pumpkin with chai. A donut pan is on my holiday wish list this year. I’d better start dropping hints to the Husband!

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