Happy first day of Fall. Here in Virginia, the weather has begun to turn chilly and I can't wait to start making all my favorite cold weather foods, beginning with these delicious Mini Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze. They're such a fun way to celebrate the change of season.
There really isn't anything wrong with donut pans, but they produce donuts that take longer to bake, and they don't dome evenly on the top and bottom. But this nifty donut maker produces the most perfectly shaped, evenly domed mini donuts - and each batch is ready in less than 5 minutes. That means I can crank out more than 100 mini donuts in less than an hour. Great for church gatherings, picnics, and parties.
To prepare the donut maker, I use a silicone pastry brush to coat the indentations with a little vegetable oil or shortening. The donut maker has a non-stick finish, but brushing with a little oil helps make donut removal a little easier.
The ingredients are mixed together easily. No special techniques here, but I love using my BeaterBlade attachment so I don't have to stop to scrape down the sides of my mixer bowl. If you don't have a BeaterBlade, you can use a standard flat beater, or feel free to mix everything together using a hand mixer if you don't own a stand mixer.
No piping tip necessary, I just cut a small opening at the end of the bag.
I evenly pipe the batter, filling the indentations to the rim.
Then I close the donut maker and wait 4-5 minutes until the mini donuts spring back when pressed slightly.
Open the donut maker up and suddenly I have one dozen of the most perfectly shaped, evenly domed mini donuts. Aren't they adorable?
The mini donuts are removed from the donut maker and placed on a cooling rack to cool completely before glazing.
Time to make the vanilla bean glaze. Vanilla bean paste is full of those tiny little black vanilla bean seeds that look so nice on baked goods. If you don't have vanilla bean paste, you can substitute pure vanilla extract. Be sure to use the good stuff!
Whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth - it should be about this thick to coat the donuts nicely. If needed, add more confectioners sugar or half & half to adjust the consistency. As soon as the glaze is ready, start dipping the donuts.
Dip the top half of the cooled donuts in the glaze and place them back onto the rack to rest for about 30 minutes so the glaze can set up.
That's all there is to it. Hope you give these tasty mini donuts a try. Happy fall!
Mini Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze
makes 24 mini donuts
FOR THE DONUTS:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
FOR THE GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon half and half
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste (or pure vanilla extract)
To make the donuts:
Preheat electric donut maker and brush indentations with vegetable oil or shortening.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
Using a large pastry bag, fill bottom half of the prepared donut maker, filling each indentation to the rim.
Close donut maker and bake for 4-5 minutes (use a toothpick to check for doneness - the should spring back when pressed lightly).
Carefully remove mini donuts from maker and cool completely on wire rack before glazing.
To make the glaze:
Dip tops of cooled mini donuts in glaze immediately; allow glaze to dry for 30 minutes.
To use mini donut pan, preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 8-12 minutes until done.