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October 23, 2013

A perfect pairing: pumpkin pie and doughnuts

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving may not coincide very often, but these pumpkin honey doughnuts will make you wish they did.

To help bridge these holidays, we borrowed a classic dessert of each — fried doughnuts for Hanukkah and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving — and brought them together in one delicious mouthful. The result is a terrifically moist fried doughnut rich with the flavors of pumpkin pie. A glaze of cinnamon- and lemon-spiked honey ties everything together.

PUMPKIN HONEY DOUGHNUTS

Start to finish: 11/2 hours (45 minutes active)

Makes 3 dozen doughnut holes

2 teaspoons instant yeast

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup warm water

15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 egg

1/3 cup honey

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Vegetable oil, for frying

In a medium bowl, stir together the yeast, flour, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the water, pumpkin and egg until a thick, smooth batter forms. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 45 minutes.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and stir well. Remove from the heat.

In a large, deep skillet over medium-high, heat 1 inch of oil to 375 degrees.

Working in batches, carefully drop the batter by the tablespoonful into the hot oil. A cookie or small ice cream scoop makes this easier. Turning occasionally, fry the doughnuts until deep golden brown all over and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried doughnuts to a large bowl. Drizzle the honey syrup over the doughnuts and toss to coat. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving: 80 calories; 25 calories from fat (31 percent of total calories); 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 2 g protein; 30 mg sodium.

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