Hello to all my falling-leaves loving, pumpkin-spice craving, football-watching and all-around Fall Fanatic friends out there. I don't love one season over another, but every 3 months or so, I'm ready for the current one to leave and the new one to come on in. It's in my current ‘ready for fall' mode that I made these delicious Chai-Spiced Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts.
While fall is still officially a couple of weeks away, today it's a rainy, stormy and relatively cool-ish day on the east coast of the US. As I drove home from dropping my baby boy (my 17-year old baby boy!) off at school this morning, my mind grabbed the image of spending the day indoors, baking something that would fill the house with spice on this dark and dreary day.
I went home and started doing laundry and work stuff, but I just couldn't shake the idea that ‘I should be baking today!'
So, it's thanks to my relentless, nagging brain that today I bring to you these Chai-Spiced Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts that are taken one step further with the addition of the Chai glaze to cover them.
Not only are they pretty darned yummy, but your house will smell like fall…which is worth something this time of the year. And just to get you ready, I've prepared a little scratch & sniff full of Chai-Spiced Pumpkin aromatic deliciousness. Make sure you have your ‘smell-o-vision' enabled to enjoy this fragrance.
I used the King Arthur Flour Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts as the base for my baked pumpkin doughnuts, swapping out their pumpkin pie spice for my chai spice.
These baked pumpkin doughnuts are really easy to make. Just remember to smooth over the seam that will form (see the photo below) from where you start pouring the dough into your pan and where you end. A small spatula, spoon or knife will accomplish this. While you're at it, smooth the top of the dough down before it goes in the oven.
So, I have not had good experience with sifters. Finally, I decided it was more efficient to just push what you need through a find mesh sieve to get a sifted product. WAY EASIER!
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
So, this is what Fall tastes like, in case you were wondering. These Chai-Spiced Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts are perfect with your cup of coffee or tea to get your day off to a good fall-flavored start.
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