Friday, October 07, 2005

More from the pumpkin patch...

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Pumpkin doughnuts I thought would be a good way today to use up some of the pumpkin puree we had from roasting the ones we got from a local farm a few days ago. If you've never made your own before it is actually quite simple - look below the pictures for instructions.


These delicious doughnuts are baked, rather than fried, in a doughnut pan. I have had these pans laying around for the longest time calling to me "use me, please use me!" The have a mild pumpkin flavor and I used a simple powdered sugar glaze to play around with some orange designs. I didn't have much time so it was kind of a rushed job in decorating them. I made 6 large and 12 mini doughnuts with enough batter leftover to make 2 cute mini muffins. I can't wait to make these again - fun stuff!


After a visit to a local asian market to get some ingredients, I was ready to make dinner tonight. Florentine Rice Noodle Gratin is a silky, comforting, and filling meal. I served some steamed broccoli along side. The noodles are fast to cook and hold together well after being cut. Next time I might add in some minced garlic into the onion mixture - other than that I don't think I would change anything else! This would be great to make ahead and then reheat to serve later.



19 comments:

  1. I just love pumpkin desserts! This is so much better than buying canned pure pumpkin too.

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  2. mmm i love pumpkin too! heh i thought it was funny that you said you did a rush job on decorating them becos it looks like you went thru a lot of trouble makin them look preetty!

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  3. Since I started coming to this blog there is always a lovely surprise on the wait. The doughnuts look fabulous. I don't even want to start thiking about what you do when you have time in your hands 'coz they look beautifully decorated as they are. AS for the gratin, what a fabulous idea. I love noodles and have already copied the recipe.
    Till next time.

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  4. For a rush job in the decorating department, these little donuts look adorable. Very sweet, and sounds like tasty too.

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  5. Joe, I think that the decorating looks great, too. The coloring was a nice touch. Where did you find donut pans?

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  6. Those pumpkin donuts look too cute!

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  7. My stomach is growling! The donuts look great and the gratin looks right up my alley.

    I really need to stop collecting recipes and actually make some soon......

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  8. Oh my god those look amazing! YOu can make donuts??? and pumpkin ones? You're a genius. I love pumpkin season..I could eat it 15 ways! Soup, cookies, cake, pie, puree, and now donuts!

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  9. I'm impressed with your rush job on your pumpkin donuts! I think that's better than I'd do if I had all day. :)
    I love pumpkin--I need to find ways to do more w/ it this year.

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  11. Those pumpkin doughnuts not only look fun to make, but especially fun to eat!

    Paz

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  12. Those doughnuts look absolutely gorgeous! You did a beautiful job with the decoration.

    Thanks for stopping by ReTorte. I just replied to your comment.

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  13. Sara - Thanks! I much prefer fresh pumpkin now. I have quite a bit in the freezer now.

    Suze - Thanks!

    Valentina - Thanks for the nice comments! I hope you can make the noodle recipe!

    Nosheteria - Thank you, I wish I had more time though!

    Nic - I found them a few years ago in a local store but you can but the exact same ones from The Bakers Catalogue (at amazon.com too but they go through TBC anyway)

    Nupur - Thanks!

    Alysha - I so know what you mean, I keep getting more and more recipes to try each day. I need to stop hee hee!

    Mona - the pumpkin is so versatile I can't wait to keep using them up while they are in season!

    Thanks Crystal!

    JJ - Thanks! I agree - get somethin cookin in the kitchen with some pumpkins!

    Paz - They were so fun to make!

    Wandering Coyete - Thanks for checking us out!

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  14. Those pumpkin doughnuts look great! I miss being in the midwest during squash season, I will have to remember these for next year.

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  15. Yummmm. Can't wait for Holloween, formerly just a fright night, quickly becoming yet another great American food holiday.

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  16. Gemma - Thanks!

    Rich - I'm with you! Love fall treats!

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  17. Oh, those doughnuts are so cute. I love the way you decorated them.

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