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Author Notes: The traditional Greek donut gets a fall makeover with the addition of pumpkin puree, honey caramel & a dusting of pumpkin spice - this seasonal twist on classic loukoumades totally pays off and delivers everything we love about fall wrapped up in one of our favorite Greek desserts. —bella | ful-filled
Makes about 50 donuts
FOR THE DONUTS
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
FOR THE TOPPINGS
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
- Add the lukewarm water to a large bowl, dissolve the honey into the water & sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water. Leave to rest until yeast is foamy, about 10 minutes. Once yeast has foamed, add pumpkin puree to bowl & whisk until combined. Add in flour & salt and stir until mixture is well combined Cover bowl with a damp towel & leave to rest in a warm place until dough has doubled (about 1 hour) While the dough rises, make the honey caramel sauce.
- In a medium saucepan, combine heavy cream, honey & a large pinch of salt. Heat mixture over medium heat, stirring to fully combine the ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil and then lower heat to medium low & simmer until reduced by about 1/2 and deep amber in color (this took about 20 minutes) - making sure the caramel is simmering nicely but will not boil over. Once the caramel is thickened & has turned to the desired color, remove from heat & set aside to cool.
- While you continue to wait for the dough to finish rising, crush the walnuts & reserve. Once the dough is doubled & bubbly, heat a large pot with frying oil over medium high heat. Line a large cookie sheet with paper towels (this is what you will place the cooked donuts on). Once oil has reached 350 degrees F - lightly stir the dough to settle any large bubbles & using a clean dessert spoon, dip the spoon into the cold glass of water & then scoop 2 tsp of dough into the oil. Fry 6-8 donuts at a time, depending on the size of your pot - cook the donuts for approximately 2 minutes on each side (you are looking for a nice golden color). Set finished donuts on the paper towel lined cookie sheet & continue frying until all of the dough is used up.
- Drizzle donuts with honey caramel sauce, sprinkle with a bit of crushed walnuts & using a small sieve, dust the donuts with pumpkin pie spice & serve.
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