Pumpkin and Hazelnut Doughnuts and a Clafoutis

It has been all about pumpkins in our family lately. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin carving, baking with pumpkins, books about Halloween and the meaning of it all… I never thought I would say this, and forgive me if I sound like a cliche, but children’s enthusiasm for holidays can really be very, very contagious. Life through their eyes takes on a complete new meaning and to be able to experience it makes my heart flutter sometimes. Of course, I am also in a constant hormone-induced emotional state, which doesn’t help either, but I love this time of year more and more.

I have never been a big fan of any fried dessert, but ever since Lara started on her doughnut cookbook project, I have become increasingly curious about testing new recipes myself. Then earlier last week, I stumbled upon an old cake doughnut recipe we used to use at work. “We are making pumpkin doughnuts today!”, I told my little boy. His face lit up and immediately went to drag his step stool into the kitchen. Big mistake on my part as a meltdown soon followed when he found out he couldn’t stand in front of the hot frying pan. “Why not?”, he asked.

I know I should have probably roasted my own pumpkin, but this time I cheated and used canned pumpkin puree. Some pumpkins are too watery to use in such preparations so if you are going to roast your own, make sure to use a cheese pumpkin or even butternut squash which are meatier. I also added some hazelnut flour into the doughnuts and coated them in a hazelnut cinnamon sugar mixture while hot.

I had some leftover puree and immediately thought of Claudia Fleming’s pumpkin and hazelnut clafoutis. Comfort and rustic food at its best. And no need to mention that both of these should be eaten right away. Love that.

Pumpkin and Hazelnut Doughnuts

375 grams flour
55 grams hazelnut flour
10 grams baking powder
8 grams baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
10 grams salt
110 grams pumpkin puree
60 grams whole milk, room temperature
40 grams sour cream, room temperature
100 grams sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
60 grams butter, melted

Canola oil, for frying

400 grams sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
50 grams hazelnuts, toasted, skinned and finely chopped

In a large bowl mix together the flour, hazelnut flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk the pumpkin, milk, sour cream, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and fold until it comes together. Don’t worry if it’s lumpy.

Dust your work surface with a bit of flour and dump the dough on it. Knead lightly until it comes together. Dust the top lightly with flour and roll to 1/2″ thick. Using a doughnut cutter or two round cookie cutters, cut out the doughnuts and place them on a sheet pan with a silicon mat or parchment and dusted with some flour.

To fry the doughnuts, fill a pan up to 2″ of canola oil. Heat the oil until it reaches 375F. Do not over-crowd the pan with doughnuts. Fry about 5 at a time (depending on the size of the pan). They will sink to the bottom but then float to the top. Turn them over and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or so.

Drain them on paper towels and while hot, coat them with the cinnamon-hazelnut sugar.

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84 Responses to “Pumpkin and Hazelnut Doughnuts and a Clafoutis”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Aran!

    Been waiting for the post ;)

  2. Peter G says:

    Absolutely brilliant Aran!…I love every element of this!

  3. Michelle says:

    You are amazing – your talent never ceases to amaze me, no matter how many times I view your work. Thank you for sharing…for inspiring.

    My husband loves pumpkin, and I love donuts…this could be the perfect match! I can’t wait to make these.

    If I wanted to use all AP flour and omit the hazelnut flour, what would the conversion be?

    Thanks again!

  4. chriesi says:

    What a great recipe! Gorgeous photographs!

  5. Ana says:

    Sin palabras…. porque me gustaría tener la boca llena dwe esos donuts que se ven tan esponjosos!!! Hay que ver lo que da de si la calabaza… a mi es que me encanta!!

    Fotos increibles como siempre!!


  6. Jamie says:

    Wow! A donut or a clafoutis? Can I have one of both? Brilliant! That clafoutis is simply amazing and I’d love to try it as a change from pumpkin pie. And now you have given me the donut itch…

  7. I have never tried pumpkin donuts.. well aran, you are so right in saying that holiday’s cheer is ever better when its conveyed in a child’s eye..

    we honestly dont celebrate halloween or thanksgiving in kuwait.. however ,this doesnt make me just stand still and watch all these beautiful bloggers celebrate the holidays with fun to do projects , food , and tablesettings..so i decided to throw my little girl an Autumn party. which is a mix of halloween and thanksgiving. i’m also making a menu for the buffet and this recipe would be so popular among the kids!
    thanks aran and i always look forward for things that make my life happier !

    by the way , i am bash from Make Room for Living , and this is my new dessert blog , Madame Sucre:)

  8. ibb says:

    Izugarri gozoak dirudite donutak…mmmm…goxo goxoak.
    Zelan dihoa dana? Ondo espero diat. Berriro agertzen zera design-spongen…zorionak!!
    Ah! Gustatzen zait loreak mendian kamiseta oria.
    Ondo pasa Halloween gabean. Azkenean, ume piskat bihurtzea ez da batere txarra.

  9. thanks for the recipe. your photos are so gorgeous, i can’t find a word to describe how much!

  10. Dajda says:

    Yes, you’re absolutely right about the influence of children – my little sister absolutely revived our enthusiasm for all the holidays we’d become too grown-up to truly relish.
    And thanks for the recipes! I’m not a huge pumpkin fan but I might give the pumpkin-hazelnut combination a try.

  11. shaz says:

    Too true about kids and their enthusiasm. We don’t even really celebrate Halloween in Oz, but the kids are already pestering us about dressing up! Love the pumpkin doughnuts, the hazelnut and sugar sound divine.

  12. Aran says:

    Michelle- I would use cake flour instead of the hazelnut flour as it has a lower gluten content than ap flour. In a pinch, you could use all ap flour and I think you’d be ok.

    Ibb- konturatu zara eh? Hemen mundu guztie beti galdeka dekogu ia kamiseta horrek zer dinoen eta ze esanahie dekon!

    Thank you guys for your comments!

  13. Erika says:

    Hasta ahora no probé ninguna masa con el agregado de zapallo. Después de leer tu receta ya no tengo excusas , me tentaste.
    Tus fotos muuuy lindas, como siempre

  14. I want the clafoutis in my mouth!!! Lovely photos Aran! A lovely seasonal feel.

  15. Lara says:

    Looks beautiful and sounds delicious! I will be trying these soon. Pray tell: what is the divine-looking little shot glass sip, with the cinnamon stick in it?

  16. Aran says:

    Erika- Zapallo es calabaza? Nunca lo habia oido asi. Curioso.

    Bea- I know clafoutis is one of your favorites. Mine too and this one was really good too.

    Lara- I suppose I forgot to mention that. They are little vanilla ice cream milkshakes with pumpkin spice. I don’t have a recipe as I just blended them together quickly but good to dip, especially in this heat wave we are having!

    Thank you!

  17. Two of my favorites! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous – I want to reach into my screen….

  18. RecipeGirl says:

    It’s been everything pumpkin and apples around my house. I love pumpkin doughnuts. It’s unfortunate that they’re tough to find in bake shops- guess I’ll have to make them at home! Gorgeous display of photos for this post!

  19. Rebecca says:

    Ohh.. I was just craving homemade doughnuts yesterday! These look perfect. :)

  20. The doughnuts look incredible and your photographs are really beautiful!

  21. Hilda says:

    Oh Aran, isn’t it so amazing seeing everything fresh again thanks to them? I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about unseasoned fruit and vegetable purees before but am like a giddy schoolgirl now whenever the baby tries something new. And while I’m not a big fan of fried foods either, I do like sweet fried dough “things” like churros and doughnuts. These look and sound so wonderful with those milkshakes!

  22. I would love to take a bite off those donuts. Those small glasses of milk are cuteness!

  23. nadia says:

    beautiful aran! i love the pictures of jon, it’s his smile that is contagious! those dognuts are so tempting specially that i have over a pumpkins patch.

  24. oh, I love this time of the year! Pumpkins are so versatile. Your doughnuts look soooo good and that clafoutis too!



  25. Barbara says:

    The donuts are marvelous. (love your son with his parchment container of them) Haven’t made donuts in years but I have the ingredients and am going to try them. I am missing hazelnuts so will just dip them in cinnamon sugar. Thanks for the recipe.
    I bet there are some great recipes in that Gramercy Tavern cookbook. Think I might have to get that.

  26. Mimi says:

    Your donuts and clafoutis look lovely. On the first rainy day of the school year I always make my children a Swiss drop donut, that my mother made for us when we were young. I am sure they would welcome the addition of pumpkin donuts.

  27. Lauren says:

    Yum! I want all of these!! Also, I shouldn’t be looking at food like this before breakfast… Oops – It all looks delicious =D.

  28. El says:

    Gorgeous and I love the story. I can just see him pulling the step stool up to the counter.

  29. Esti says:

    esa camiseta de loreak mendian… ;)

  30. Zerogluten says:

    Cada vez que veo donuts los ojos me dan vueltas. Me encantan, pero es que además Martín lleva un tiempo pidiendomelos sin gluten y me da vertigo solo de pensar en esa masa que necesita fuerza y yo sin gluten. En fin, por un hijo cualquier cosa. Ya veo que tu peque está precioso, precioso.
    Sabes ya si es hermanito o hermanita? Espero que todo vaya viento en popa. No sabe la suerte que tiene de tener una madre que hace cositas tan ricas.
    Es tiempo de calabaza. Como siempre tus creaciones tanto en la cocina como con la cámara son espectaculares.
    Besitos sin gluten.

  31. Rachelino says:

    Aran- This is all gorgeous. Your photos are so inspirational and I look forward to your posts and love that your little boy makes little guest appaearances.
    I love the idea of a pumpkin hazelnut clafoutis! I am so used to thinking of clafoutis as only apricot or cherry (or other stone fruit).
    Just as a note to those looking to use ro roast and puree their own pumpkins, I find that sugar pie pumpkins are the best flavor and texture, but they don’t have quite the deep dark pumpkin color that canned puree has. If a pumpkin is too watery (and a fresh one often is) I strain the puree with cheese cloth (similar to straining yogurt to make yogurt cheese) to get it closer to the paste-like texture of the canned puree.

  32. Aran says:

    Hilda- it’s all very new and exciting isn’t it? I loved that first stage too!

    Esti- para chulis nosotros eh?…:)

    Zerogluten- pues seguro que hay recetas de donuts sin gluten muy buenas. Ya mirare y te contare. Es nina!

    Rachelino- thanks for sharing that tip!

    Thank you everyone!

  33. zenchef says:

    You probably hear that a lot but your photography is absolutely stunning. wow.

    Love, love the idea of a pumpkin clafouti and the doughnuts sound heavenly as well. Gosh, I would love to be your neighbor. :)

  34. heather says:

    ohmygoodness – i can’t get to the pumpkin patch quickly enough! i’m going this weekend, but with this post, i want to leave my desk immediately and go straight to the pumpkin patch & then to my kitchen! it is going to be a fun, fun, FUN weekend!

    this is all so gorgeous & looks simply decadent! your talents, vision & creativity never cease to excite and amaze me after over a year of loyal readership :o)

  35. ainara says:

    ay loreak mendian :) que bonito sigue siendo todo lo que haces… bueno, cada vez más bonito! y el enano es ya un mutiltxu, cómo ha crecido… mosu handi bat, a.

  36. Cherie says:

    Doughnuts???? Aran’s doughnuts? Yes, please!!!!!

  37. Aran, I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw donuts here! Could this be the start of a new trend? It seems like donuts have been all the rage lately. I’ve certainly had them on the brain lately, and though I rarely fry anything, I made crullers last weekend. I love donuts so much that for my last birthday the hubby got me donuts (complete with candles!) instead of cake.

  38. aww your little fellow is so cute with his doughnuts! They look devine

  39. cindy* says:

    i love that first picture aran! it’ so different somehow. wonderful.

    lara’s doughnut cookbook project…so exciting!

    everything here looks delightful.

  40. Great photos :) Your post makes me want to run and decorate my house for the season!

  41. Oh wow that sounds so good and the photos are equally delicious.

  42. Aran says:

    Zen Chef- come down any time!

    Heather- we had such fun at the pumpkin patch. hurry, hurry!

    Ainara- que tal andas laztana? a ver cuando hablamos. ya estas en Manchester. Mosus!!!! xxxxoooo

    Lucy- how sweet was that of him???

    Cindy- i loved thr ough hands… made the shot very rustic right?

    Thank you guys!

  43. Valérie says:

    I love you donuts, their shape is absolutely perfect ! And I totally understand when you say children’s enthousiasm is contagious : I want to be a primary school teacher so I’m a big child myself :o)

  44. Junglefrog says:

    That is just beautiful Aran!

  45. pictures are great as always and this recipe is just so original and looks so delicious!

  46. veron says:

    I’m not a big fan of doughnuts, but I love fried dough where I can control how much sugar to roll it in…I love the warm glow that the pumpkin gives. Isn’t it amazing how fall warms you up in a cozy way. :)

  47. the clafoutis looks insanely delicious! i’m definitely going to try the recipe out before year’s end.

  48. keiko says:

    Aran – such gorgeous autumn colours and oh my, the doughnuts! I’m so going to make them! Thank you for your inspiration as always. kxxx

  49. Anita says:

    pumpkin and hazelnut donuts even sound healthy :P hehehehe. Great photos!

  50. w says:

    Wonderful recipes and photos! I too Love fall and everything about the season: the soups, stews, the colors of the trees, the crunchy leaves, pumpkins and Halloween. Wonderfully captured in your post!

  51. Another wonderful recipe!
    I will be trying these out soon!

  52. Gaby Z says:

    Una vez más le digo, que hermosas fotos! Felicitaciones..:)

  53. these doughnuts look soooooo delicious :)

  54. Nirvana says:

    Visiting your blog when I’m hungry not such a good idea :) This looks delicious and your pics are out of this world – you’re super talented!

  55. Aran, I love the sound of these delicious little donuts. I would never have thought of flavouring them in this way. Fantastic idea. Also, since I no longer live in the US, I do miss pumpkin desserts this time of year. I only ever remember using Libby brand. Was that it? (Long time ago!) I have been afraid of using fresh pumpkin exactly because of the water content issue you reference – and avoided certain recipes as a result. So you believe butternut would be fine? Any other tips or tricks?

  56. Romy says:

    I am experiencing a Northern Hemisphere Autumn for the first time. It is ridiculously novel! Seeing those pumpkins making the grocers all orange is making me hungry for autumnal treats and these recipes look like a dream. So nice to be in seasonal sync with your blog for a moment.

  57. Aran says:

    Julia- yes, buternt should work. also, if you ever see your puree is too watery, drain it over a cheesecloth hanging on a strainer. Leave it in the fridge overnight and you will be able to drain it to the right consistency. Let me know!

    Romy- lovely!

    Thank you!

  58. Mmmm! I love anything pumpking and this recipe is screaming out at me…especially the donut ones =). Thanks for sharing and as always, your photos and recipe posts are so inspiring to me!

  59. Aparna says:

    I love doughnuts and this flavour combination is unusual. Your pictures are as beautiful as ever.

  60. Hillary says:

    Beautiful doughnuts and clafoutis! And that boy is adorable. Love the new take on fall doughnuts that aren’t apple cider! You should submit this recipe to Recipe4Living.com! :)

  61. Aran, I’ve lingered over that pumpkin clafoutis recipe many a time thinking it must be delicious so it’s wonderful to see yours coming out of the over. Really beautiful and now another great reason to try them.

    I don’t eat fried foods but just the picture of a doughnut can make me weak. I would definitely try yours!

  62. such gorgeous pictures aran! those donuts are sooo cute and delicous i’ll bet! jon is such a lucky boy. also, please please adopt me… (pumpkin clafoutis mightbe on my menu this week..

  63. Anonymous says:

    I made the donuts, using almond meal and nutella icing. Kids loved them too. Came out perfect, and such a beautiful color when you bite into them. Thanks!

  64. Valentina says:

    oH the clafoutis is fabulous. I just love the look of it. and i have already started to wonder who magic it will taste. your little boy sounds a really good kitchen companion.

  65. As my two year old says, “Dewicious!!”

  66. Absolutely gorgeous, Aran – and 69 comments to support that!

  67. Que les photos sont belles et comme tout ça me parait délicieux!!! Bravo et merci pour ce beau partage!

  68. Antonella says:

    Delicius! Thanks for the recipe.

  69. congrat’s! I love your blog! Such nice recipes and pictures!

  70. Sarah Jio says:

    Beautiful photos, Aran! Just found your site, and wanted to say hello. I’m the health and fitness blogger for Glamour magazine. My personal blog is over here, http://www.sarahjio.com. I’m also a mama to two little boys. xoxo

  71. paula says:

    such yumminess. your little man is quite a doll.

  72. Inés says:

    Aran, soloa kalabazaz beteta daukagu Larran. Egunero, sopa bet egiten dut. Hotzak hasi du eta ez dakit ezer ebrezirik eggiten kalabaz tripontziaz. Anyway zure argazkiak, umearenak, kalabazarenak…den dena hain sugerentea denez. Eta hemendik aurrera are gehiago Mirentxugaz ezta?. Zorionak, eta dena ondo joango zaizulakoan muxu haundi bat Zornotzatik artista!

  73. Aran says:

    Ines- solo handie dekozue? ai ze enbidie… bai, mirentxu badator eta ez dakit guztiz prest nauen! :) eskerrik asko!

    Thank you so much everyone for your comments! Hope you had a good weekend!

  74. Seanna Lea says:

    Wow. Between these and a recipe I saw for apple cider donuts, I think my guests this weekend are in for a big treat!

  75. increible! como crece tu nene! esta precioso! vivan los doughnuts y las calabazas, ojala se cocinara mas con ellas, besitos

  76. Cindi says:

    Could I pretty pretty please have the recipe for the claufotis!?!?!

    It looks fantastic and I would love to make if for my girl friends during our annual weekend get away!!

    Thank you and you are the bestest!!

  77. Inés says:

    Aran, zuk egiten dituzun gauza miresgarriakaz prest baino prestuago zaude emakumea!!!!!

    Soloa nahiko haundia da. Porruak, azak, lekak…udan piperrak, letxugak eta tomateak…zatozenean egingo dizut barazki bendeja bat.

  78. Yum Aran! And what a super cute little boy in the photos :) I have a soft spot for donuts (no pun intended) and these are just perfect this time of year.

  79. Dianne says:

    These doughnuts look fantastic — can’t wait to try them! And I know just what you mean about children and enthusiasm and holidays. They certainly do bring joy to even the most tired holiday traditions!

  80. Gorgeous photos! These doughnuts are just what I have been craving for fall!! Im sure your little guy forgave you for having to sit far from the hot pot after eating these!!

  81. Those pictures are just beautiful!

    I’m having my first linky party on my blog and the theme is pumpkin. I’d like to invite you to come link up your favorite pumpkin recipe. The link is open until Wednesday at midnight, so please stop by and say hi.


    ~Cookin’ Cowgirl

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