Recipe: Baked Pumpkin Donuts

It's Fall and I'm back wanting to bake everything with cinnamon, pumpkin, and apples. The temperatures have started to really cool off here, I figured out how to turn my heat on, and broke out the heated blankets and hot apple cider. And since donuts are always fabulous in my book, I figured I'd start my pumpkin-cinnamon-everything-baking obsession  with baked pumpkin donuts.

I wish every decision in life was as easy as deciding to make pumpkin donuts. 

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Yields 12 donuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a electric mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar for about 5 minutes. Mixture should be fluffy and light tan. Scrape down the bowl and add eggs one at a time. Mix in pumpkin puree. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Slowly add half the dry ingredients, then the milk, then the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix until only combined and don't over mix.

Spray donut pan with a light coating of nonstick spray. Using a spatula, spoon the mixture into a pastry bag with a large open tip (or a sandwich bag with a corner cut off into a 1/2 inch hole). Pipe into donut pan and tap the pan once lightly on the counter to get any air bubbles out. Bake donuts for 7-9 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a cooling rack.

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Basic Vanilla Glaze

  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the three ingredients until combined. Once the donuts are cooled, dip each donut into the glaze and let the extra drip off a bit. Place on a cooling rack with aluminum foil underneath. Depending on how much glaze you want, dip each donut 3-5 times in the glaze, letting them dry in between. Top with ground cinnamon and embrace the drips!

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For some reason, I'm very sloppy at dipping donuts into glaze. When I was done with these, I not only had glaze all over the counter, but also spots of glaze all over my shirt, pants, and some on my face (??) If you're not the neatest of bakers, like me, be advised this can get a little messy. And maybe grab an apron.

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Around Here in October

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Apartment life has been lovely lately. The quilt of my dreams came in the mail and I'm thrilled with it. I've got art on the walls and DIYs in my brain. I figured out how to work my heat. Cats are happy with the giant open windows and things to watch. My custom-made reclaimed wood desk was delivered by my amazingly talented and great friends Katie and Micah of Steel Tape (planning on writing a whole post about that, don't you worry.) Art that has been sitting on my bar because I didn't have the tools to hang it is now up. It's really starting to feel like home, and more importantly, it feels like my home.

Coming up next I'm hoping to reupholster my vanity stool, create a wall-hanging-type-thing for over my bed (which will either be completely darling or horrible), tissue paper pom poms to hang from my bedroom ceiling, shelves to hang, bedroom curtains to paint and hang, and a desk to organize and decorate. I'm still living without kitchen chairs, and am now on the hunt for a desk chair (but let's be honest, I think I need a ghost chair). 

And yes, that is a Clueless quote I have framed in my bathroom. 

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Lately...

Lately I've been...

...wearing this Essie nail polish nonstop.
...deciding that I just want to wear heels, so I bought these and these.
...loving the new-found confidence I seem to be feeling.
...breaking out my socks and tights since the weather has changed over.
...fighting chapped lips with Carmex and homemade lip exfoliant.
...eating way too many bags of Pizza Goldfish while at work.
...swooning over my custom-made desk that was delivered last night!
...drinking stouts and pumpkin beers like it's my job.
...planning out some bedrooms DIYs.
...watching my way through season 6 of Parks & Rec and still loving it.
...feeling like my apartment is starting to come together.
...awaiting the bedding of my dreams to arrive at my door.
...(probably) having wayyy too much fun on the weekends, and loving every minute of it.

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Weekending: Apple Picking

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Being a single lady means that sometimes I get to do the fun things that my friends want to do with their partners, but their partners have no interest in doing. It's really a win-win for everyone. So when my friend L asked me to go apple picking with her because her boyfriend didn't want to take her, I obviously said yes. The weather was amazing. We rode on a tractor, picked apples, laughed a lot, drank apple cider slushies, and ate apple cider donuts. I'm pretty sure we were the only people there not on a day date or a family with children, but that didn't bother us. All in all, a lovely weekend mini adventure.

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DIY: Embellishing Doors with Washi Tape

I have a weird apartment layout, which would be more of a problem if it wasn't just me living in it. My apartment building is a Victorian-style house that was converted into 4 apartments, and my guess is that at one time, my living room and bedroom used to be 2 bedrooms separated by a jack-and-jill bathroom. Now that the one room is my living room, you need to walk through my bathroom to get to the bedroom. Like I said, would be a bigger problem if I wasn't living alone. 

All of this is leading me up to the fact that I have a lot of doors in my apartment. There's a door that separates the living room and bathroom, and a door that separates my bedroom from the bathroom, both in a pretty tight space. So, I decided those doors needed some pazazz and it needed to be cheap and take about 5 minutes. Washi tape to the rescue.

You'll need: washi tape and an exacto knife. 

This little update is done in a flash. Starting at the top of the door, aim to place the tape straight and in the middle of the door's width. Then just press it down, trying to keep it as straight as possible. When you get to the metal section in the middle, use the exacto knife to cut a clean edge and then start again at the bottom of that metal piece. Bring the tape all the way down the door, and wrap around the bottom before tearing it off. Give all the tape a firm pressing and you're done!

I love that it adds just the tiniest pop of color in a space that's a bit of a design challenge. And having it on both doors means that I can see it both from my sofa and from inside my bedroom. And when I no longer like it, or want to switch out the color, it peals right off.

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