Making Pumpkin Doughnuts + #Sealsforgood

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ashley solberg


 

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Pumpkins, spice and everything nice, that’s what fall is made of! I don’t always have an abundance of time on my hands (who does?) which leads me to get a little creative with recipes. With the holidays quickly approaching, I found a way to get pumpkin included in pretty much any recipe whether prepared how granny makes it from scratch or semi-homemade. I’ll be sharing this trick below along with talking about how using products with the Real California Milk seal can help those recently affected by hurricane Irma and Harvey.

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spot the seal

SO many families in Florida and Texas are still trying to get their lives back to some sort of normalcy after hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The storm went directly over us in our area of Florida as a category two and my heart still remembers that night knowing people just south of us were being hit as a category four. As those events hit so close to home, I was so honored to help share about Real California Milk’s Spot the Seal campaign. They are giving up to twenty thousand dollars towards the Great American Milk Drive to provide nutrition for those in need in affected areas.

How you can help:

  • Find any dairy product with the Real California Milk  seal at the many retailers it’s available.
  • Snap a picture when making your yummy dinner or dessert and even just in the store as no purchase is necessary.
  • Share your picture with the hashtag #SealsForGood
  • For every image shared, they are donating $5 towards this campaign through 12/31/17.

You can read more details here. To get you on your way to helping us help those in need, here is an easy semi-homemade pumpkin doughnut recipe.

​how to mix pumpkin into almost any dessert

We’ve got to get a little scientific for this part, but don’t fret, no physics calculations involved. The rule of thumb if you’re going to add your own mix of ingredients, you usually have to take something else away (ok, maybe more math related). For example, the doughnut mix I used called for the floury mix, oil, butter, and sour cream or yogurt. In order to incorporate the desired pumpkin part of this, I had to replace the texture most like it and that was the sour cream or yogurt. The other ingredients are pretty key to the mix working and aren’t exactly the same texture as the pumpkin which is a thick, fibrous solid. If I had just added the pumpkin without deducting something else, we would have had pumpkin pudding.

I’m going to drop the items you’ll need below, but each mix may be different and that is where your own creativity comes into play. You can easily do this to cookies and cakes too.

what you’ll need

MAKES APPROXIMATELY 24 DOUGHNUT HOLES | PREP + COOK TIME 15 MIN

1. Your choice of doughnut mix available at most retailers.
2. 3/4 Cup of pumpkin puree (replaced sour cream or yogurt called for)
3. 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
4. 3/4 stick of salted butter (we used one with the Real California Milk seal) 
5. 1-2 Tsp cinnamon
6. 1 Cup sugar

*Mix may come with cinnamon and sugar depending on the type of doughnut. Ingredients or their amounts may vary for each mix. Oven temperature for this mix was 375 degrees and they cooked 10-12 minutes.

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instructions

After preheating your oven, you can add your mix, oil, pumpkin and softened butter to a mixing bowl. With the pumpkin being a thicker texture, I used a firm rubber spatula to fold and mix together. I used a mini muffin pan to add a spoonful scoop of batter. You of course can fry using a deep fryer or pan, but I opted to bake to keep away at least a few calories and/or mess. You could almost call these a muffin, but the inside is definitely a thick doughnut consistency.

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These cooked for around 10-12 minutes and were firm on the outside with a thick, fluffy middle. Once cooled enough to handle, but still a little warm, I rolled them around in the cinnamon sugar mixture to completely coat. You can leave the recipe here and call it finished business, or you can make your own icing like the one Anna used in her viral on Pinterest Pull Apart Pumpkin Bread to add extra oomph.

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don’t forget to enjoy the little things!

Don’t forget to Spot the Seal and help Real California Milk bring nutrition to those in need. We often can feel helpless when tragedy strikes, but we can help with #SealsForGood and remembering to stop to enjoy the little moments as we think about those in the big moments not able to do so. Bake some pumpkin doughnuts for a neighbor, make care packages with your kids, just be love.
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  • Jordan
    October 23, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    These look so delicious, and simple! I need to make these!

  • Keating | KeatingBartlett.com
    October 23, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    These look absolutely delicious! Everyone is posting such yummy treats lately! I’m going to have to start bookmarking them 🙂

  • Gabriella
    October 23, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    These look sooo yummy! I never really got into the pumpkin fad until this year. Now pumpkin is seriously one of my favorites. These donuts look perfect for a weekend project 🙂

  • jordyn
    October 23, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    Yummy I love pumpkin everything this time of year!

  • Julie I Aloha Lovely
    October 24, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    These looks amazing! And like something I could actually do. Thanks!!