We love all things Halloweeny, and what’s more festive than a bright orange pumpkin, carved and on the doorstep? After scooping out all those lovely fleshy innards, many of us don’t know what to do with them! Lucky you! Here’s a sweet and autumnal treat for you to try, we’re pretty sure you’ll be buying lots of pumpkins just to have an excuse to make these yummy bites!
Why not turn your pumpkining into a funtime family adventure or couple’s day trip. Wrap up warm in a scarf and boots and head over to Snarestone Pumpkin Farm! They have been growing pumpkins for over 15 years so they certainly know their stuff! See the pumpkin patch, select your prize specimen and enjoy a few hours in the fresh air. Visit: Snarestone Pumpkin Farm, Lodge Farm, Snarestone, DE12 7DA. Tel: 01530 270690
SPICED PUMPKIN DONUT BALLS
Serves 8. Ingredients:
Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix: 2 tbsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp ground ginger 1 tbsp ground nutmeg ½ tbsp ground cloves
Donut Mix: 250g flour 150g sugar 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon salt 280g pumpkin puree 1 egg 2 tablespoons melted butter oil, for frying
Topping: ¾ cup sugar (150 g) 3 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
Method: To make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, and ½ tablespoon cloves; use 2 teaspoons in the dough, and 3 tablespoons in the topping mixture.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, egg, and butter.
Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir together with rubber spatula until fully incorporated. Set aside.
Heat oil in a frying pan to 160˚C.
While oil is heating, use your hands to shape and roll the pumpkin donut dough into balls. (Greasing your hands with oil will make this process much easier).
Fry the dough balls until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. (For best results, fry only 3-4 at a time).
Drain them on a paper towel and immediately transfer to a bowl of the pumpkin pie spice-sugar mix. Gently toss to coat. Enjoy!