If you have been hanging around here this week you know I have been trying to keep things real. Letting you know a little about myself. Here is something you should know. I love pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins, whipped pumpkin hair mousse, pumpkin flan….just call me Bubba.
Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins
- hand or stand mixer spoon, whisk
- 31/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg freshly ground if possible!
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup Crisco shortening butter can be substituted, however the texture may be altered
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk may need 1 extra tbsp if batter is too thick
- 1 cup canned pumpkin no spices added, and unsweetened
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 2 sticks butter melted
- 11/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1. Add sugar, shortening, to mixing bowl, blend until creamed, and fluffy. approximately 3 minutes, taking time to scrape sides of bowl
- 2. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each.
- 3. Add pumpkin to shortening sugar mixture. Mix until smooth. Batter may look broken or curdled at this point, its ok everything will be fine. Make sure to scrape down sides of bowl.
- 4. Mix remaining dry ingredients together in a large measuring cup or mixing bowl. (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt,cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger)
- 5. Measure out your buttermilk into a pourable container.
- 6. Next alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the pumpkin mixture. Add a little flour, then buttermilk, mix, repeat until each is incorporated. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated well, but do not over mix.
- 7. Prepare muffin tins by greasing them. I use Pam Baking Spray, spray each tin well. Or you can take a little bit of shortening on a paper towel and spread around in each tin, being careful to get all the corners. (this is how my mom always has done it) I use a standard 2" muffin tin for this recipe. Fill tins 2/3 full.
- 8. Place muffin donuts in preheated (350) oven for 22 minutes. You can check them at 20 minutes by inserting toothpick, if it comes out clean they are done. Mine have always needed an extra couple minutes, thus the 22 minute time frame!While muffin donuts are baking melt butter in a medium sized dish and mix sugar and cinnamon in another dish. As soon as you take these out of the oven, tip them out on to a making sheet. As soon as you can handle them start the coating process.
- 9. Coating Process: take muffin and roll it around in butter so it completely coats but doesn't soak up too much butter, then dredge butter covered muffin in to the cinnamon sugar mixture. set on a cooling rack or a baking sheet. Repeat this process until all muffins are coated in butter and sugar. I try to keep one had for butter, and one hand in the sugar. It is a bit of a messy process but so worth it!
Letting muffins cool just long enough so you can handle them(30 seconds), set up this scenario for the coating. Melted butter in one dish, and mix the cinnamon sugar in another and set a cookie sheet close by.
Take muffin and dunk it in to the butter, make sure it takes a dip in the butter, you want it completely covered so the sugar will stick.
Take out of butter and dredge immediately in to the cinnamon sugar. Make sure the muffin is completely coated with sugar, no bare spots.
Hey, I told you I was tryin’ to keep it real. Well, just in case you wondered if I had some sort of special light box or something to take pictures in, not that my pictures are professional or anything. I don’t! There is nothing professional or photo shootish about my food photography. I just have friends that stop in because of the mind controlling muffins. They stop by to make sure I am holding it all together….and well maybe to get a fix for themselves. This would be Dee. See that glazed over look in her eyes? That’s the look. The muffin mind controll look.
Hi Dee! Thanks so much for stopping by and helping out. Dee is crazy busy these days check out what she’s been up to. I really do think the mind controlling powers of the muffins drew her in. She was hollering from the garage, “WHAT are you baking?”, before she even came in the house.