Guest recipe by DeDe Wilson
Author of A Baker's Field Guide to Doughnuts: More than 60 Warm and Fresh Homemade Treats
Description: This cake-style doughnut is gently spiced to allow the pumpkin flavor to shine through. It pairs well with simple glazes and dry toppings.
Field Notes: Use canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling, which is sweetened and spiced. Feel free to mix and match toppings with this recipe, such as Spiced Orange Glaze or a simple Cinnamon-Sugar Topping.
Lifespan: These are best eaten as soon as possible.
Yield: about sixteen 3-inch doughnuts
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature
2 tablespoons flavorless vegetable oil, such as canola, plus more for deep-frying
Glaze(s) or topping(s) of your choice
Whisk together both flours, the baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium-size bowl to aerate and combine.
In a large bowl, beat together the pumpkin puree, eggs, and both sugars with an electric mixer until creamy, or whisk well by hand. Beat in the sour cream and 2 tablespoons oil until combined. Add the dry mixture in two batches and stir with a wooden spoon just until the dough comes together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with a triple layer of paper towels. Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot or deep-fat fryer to 350° to 355°F.
While the oil is heating, dust the work surface with flour. Scrape the dough onto the surface, dust the top of the dough lightly with flour, and roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out doughnuts with a lightly floured 3-inch round cutter. Gently gather the scraps, press them together, roll out the dough, and cut out as many additional doughnuts as possible.
Fry a few doughnuts at a time; do not crowd. Fry until light golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes, flip them over, and fry for about 1 1/2 minutes more, until light golden brown on the other side as well. Using a slotted spoon, remove each doughnut from the oil and drain thoroughly on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining dough.
While the doughnuts are still slightly warm, apply dry topping(s) or glaze(s) as desired.