Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts

Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts

Gosh, it feels like time is moving at lightning speed and hurling straight into the holidays. How is it possible that Thanksgiving is only 9 days away?! We’re flying up to Portland for Thanksgiving and spending it with my best friend, Katie and her dude! I can’t wait for all the crunchy leaves, cozy vibes, cheese (Tillamook!), and the copious amounts of craft beer curated by Reuben. (Are you impressed with the level of alliteration in that last sentence?) Before we get on that plane to Portland, I have about 138,247,103 things to cross off my to-do list. I’m heading to LA/Bakersfield for a quick work trip tomorrow. So that will be a fun little break in the middle of a crazy work week. I’ll get to hug and squeeze my other best friend, Kate, in LA for a hot second. Can’t complain about some BFF time!

I made the conscious decision to just lay low and be lazy this past weekend. Reuben and I double teamed on the most amazing baked ziti on Friday that happily fed us all weekend long. On Saturday we spent the day celebrating the marriage of one of my dear friends, Jess! And then on Sunday we were a bunch of lazy blanket burritos. Reuben watched football all day (sorry, Eagles) and I got caught up on some photo editing and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I didn’t realize how badly I needed that lazy day! I had a recipe I was going to test, but I just wasn’t in the mood to stand in the kitchen for a few hours attempting to make whipped cream look exciting. Plus, my version for that recipe has change slightly over the last few days and I think it’s going to look a lot better when I made it this Sunday instead! Sometimes we just have to be patient with our creative process.

Thankfully, I busted my booty in the kitchen the last month and stocked up on recipes so that I could take a day off from the kitchen when I desperately need to. Sort of like a blogging sick day. I’ve been super antsy to share this donut recipe with you guys because it is just so freaking good! The donuts on their own are so tender and fluffy. I feel like I always say this, but they were also super easy to make. I’m not lying though. If you feel like you’re going to crave donuts tomorrow, all you have to do is throw some flour, sugar, and butter in the bowl of your standmixer and let it go for a few minutes. Then tuck the dough in for a sweet sleep in your refrigerator and in the morning you’ll have the softest and dreamiest dough! THEN THEN THEN there is the vanilla pumpkin jam. Omg can I just put it on everything?? The jam was inspired by this incredible pumpkin jam we had while staying in Granada, Spain. I remember we were sitting outside of a cafe at this tiny table. I was being annoying and trying to take a cute photo of our coffee and toast, but as I sat down I knocked the table with my clumsy knee and spilled my coffee everywhere. Thankfully, my buttered toast with pumpkin jam was only slightly covered in coffee and tasted incredible. I went back inside and bought a jar of pumpkin jam to take home. I went through that jar way too fast and have been dreaming about it ever since. I’m super excited that I can make my own vanilla pumpkin jam now because it is such a lovely treat to have on good bread and fresh butter! I had it for breakfast this morning : ) The donut and pumpkin jam together is definitely the IT couple of this Thanksgiving season!

Okay, I gotta pack and finish designing this roof top bar and coffee shop! Where’s my terrazzo sample?


Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts

makes 15 donuts

Vanilla Pumpkin Jam:

2 lb baking pumpkin/sugar pie pumpkin
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 lemon
1/4 tsp salt
1 vanilla bean

Donuts:

1 package of active dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp)
2/3 cup milk - room temp
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar + pinch
2 tsp salt
3 eggs
7 tbsp butter - softened
Canola oil for frying + 1 tsp for greasing

1 cup sugar - for dusting
2 tsp cinnamon - for dusting
1/3 cup powdered sugar - for dusting

Make Vanilla Pumpkin Jam:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut pumpkin in half. Leave the seeds in, they are easier to remove after baking. Place the pumpkin halves cut side down on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 35-45 minutes until tender. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and allow to cool.

  2. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out the seeds (discard or save for roasting) and the pumpkin flesh. Either puree the pumpkin in a food processor or immersion blender until smooth.

  3. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add the puree, sugar, juice of 1 lemon, and salt. Scrape the seeds from a vanilla bean with a paring knife. Stir the mixture frequently while it’s cooking to prevent it from burning. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the jam has thickened. Store the jam in glass jars until ready to use.

Make Donuts:

  1. Combine yeast, milk, and a pinch of sugar in the bowl of a standmixer fitted with a dough hook. Give it a quick stir and then let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to bloom. Add flour, 1/3 cup sugar, salt, and eggs. Mix on low speed for 3 minutes. Increase speed to medium and start adding your softened butter piece by piece. Continue to mix dough for another 5 minutes until the butter is incorporated and the dough is soft and smooth.

  2. Grease a large bowl with 1 tsp canola oil. Add dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. You can either proof the dough in a warm place for 2 hours or let sit in the fridge overnight for 12-15 hours. I let it proof over night.

  3. After the first proof, light flour your work surface. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Using a 3” biscuit cutter, cut out your donuts. Place donuts on a light flour baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and allow to proof for another 30-45 minutes. They should have doubled in size and feel super pillowly. You can also cut up your dough scraps to fry up as well.

  4. While the donuts are proofing, heat canola oil in a heavy bottom pot to 350 degrees. Make sure you have at least 3” of oil. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test the temperature using some scrap pieces of dough. Once the dough hits the oil, it should sizzle but not get dark too quickly. It should gradually get golden brown on 1 side within 1-2 minutes. If it darks quickly, the oil is too hot.

  5. Working in batches, add donuts into the oil. Fry the first side for 2 minutes, until golden brown. Using tongs or chop sticks, flip the donuts and fry on the other side for another 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or a spider, transfer the donuts from the oil to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining donuts.

  6. While the donuts are still warm, toss them in sugar mixed with cinnamon until evenly coated. Alternatively, you could also dust them in powdered sugar.

  7. To fill the donuts, fill a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip with pumpkin jam. Poke a hole into the side of the donut and fill the donut with jam. Repeat with remaining donuts and enjoy!

Pumpkin Jam recipe adapted from this! And I used this donut dough base!

Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter

Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter

I stayed out until almost midnight last night. ON A WEDNESDAY. Who am I?! An innocent farewell happy hour for a dear coworker somehow transitioned into another dear friend’s birthday hang out. Then that transitioned into a late night sushi and udon dinner because I get cranky if all I had for dinner were a few french fries and brussel sprouts. Yet somehow I got up on the early side this morning! Feeling slightly groggy but I’m hopping the sesame bagel about to go inhale will help with that.


How are you dealing with daylight savings? I personally love it because now I wake up each morning (with the exception of today) feeling like the most productive superhero. Before the time change I was stuck in a bad rut of waking up way too late and always having to rush to work like a crazy person. Now it’s sunny at 7am, and as a Leo that is literally powered by the sun, waking up is so much easier and somewhat enjoyable. The only bummer is that it’s pitch black at like 4pm now, which makes working until 6 pretty dreadful... if I’m at home I don’t mind it though! 


I don’t have a great transition into these scones, other than I really really which I kept a few of these in the freezer. Ah a scone with some miso honey butter would be glorious right now. Update: the bagel was ok... I miss New Jersey. 


These scones are super light, airy, flaky, slightly sweet, and moist. Are scones supposed to be moist? I’ve read some controversial writing from people who believe scones should be dry or drier to their biscuit counterparts. But like why? If you know, please tell me. The Asian pears add a lot of natural moisture to the scones, so they are definitely a little moister than your typical scone, but not so moist that it feels like you’re eating a cake. If you haven’t had an Asian pear before, you need to stop what you’re doing to go buy some. Most grocery stores have them if you don’t have an Asian grocery near you. They are pretty much the only pear I genuinely enjoy eating. They are super juicy and crisp, almost like an apple. The flesh is sweet with a slight floral taste. Other conventional pears are just too mushy for me... can’t get behind it unless it’s poached and served on ice cream or something to that nature. 


Can we talk about this Miso Honey Butter?! It’s soooo freaking amazing and insanely easy to make. I want to put it on everything. It hits all of the salty, sweet, funky, and umami notes that I’m constantly craving. Omg, I just got an idea for honey miso butter cookies! Ok adding this to my Christmas cookie list. 
Happy Thursday, Friends!


Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter

makes 8 large scones


scones:

4 cups all purpose flour
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
½ cup frozen butter – grated
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup heavy cream
2 asian pears – grated

miso honey butter:

6 tbsp butter – softened
1 tbsp white miso
1 tbsp honey

to make scones:

  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add in grated frozen butter and work into the flour with your hands until it resembles wet sand, takes about 1-2 minutes. Mix together eggs, vanilla, heavy and heavy cream in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix everything a few times until combined. Add in grated pears and gently mix again until evenly distributed.

  2. Scrape the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and pat into a 1” thick disc. Place in the freezer to chill and rest the dough for 30-45 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the dough from the freezer and cut into 8 equal wedges. Pull the wedges apart so that there is at least 1” separating each wedge. Bake for 25-28 minutes until golden brown.

  4. Allow the scones to cool on a wire rack and then enjoy!

to make miso honey butter:

  1. Add softened butter, miso, and honey in a food processor and blend for 30 seconds until smooth. Alternatively, you can whip everything together by hand with a whisk.

White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups

White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups
White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups
White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups
White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups
White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups

There is something about this time of year that makes me feel like the laziest potato. Maybe because it’s still dark and foggy when I wake up, or the days are getting shorter and shorter, or maybe it is the fact that we have a new comfy couch that feels like it’s constantly hugging you. Whatever it is, my desire to sit around all day being a blanket burrito watching 90 Day Fiancé for hours on end is at an all time high. Have you watched that show by the way? Or 90 Day Fiancé Before the 90 Days?! It is the trashiest of trashy TV but we’re currently obsessed but also thankful that we met in a totally normal and boring way.

If you couldn’t already guess after my declaration of laziness, we do not have any Halloween plans. If anything, I’ll dress up as a nigiri again for work so I don’t get judged for not dressing up. Halloween has always sort of been my least favorite holiday. Is Halloween a holiday? If it’s your favorite day of the year then I’m happy for you! I hope you win the costume contest! For me, Halloween feels like a milestone in the year that we just need to get past so that we can get to the good stuff. THANKSGIVING! CHRISTMAS! Maybe Hanukkah this year! But those are the holidays that really make my heart skip a beat.

What I do like about Halloween, other than cute baby costumes, is the candy! Throughout the majority of year I rarely ever indulge in true candy. Yes, I have plenty of cake and baked goods. But there’s almost never a Snickers or bag of Skittles in our apartment. But during Halloween, I can’t help myself when there is a giant plastic cauldron overflowing with sugar sitting in the kitchen at work. I go straight for the Crunch Bars and Cookies N’ Creme Bars. They’ve always been my favorite since I was little, especially the Cookies N’ Creme! If my entire halloween haul was made up of white chocolate goodies I would have been the happiest culturally inaccurate Pocahontas in all of Cleveland! It’s no secret that I’m a white chocolate fan. I’ve gone through my entire life with people telling me that it’s not real chocolate. I hear ya. But it’s just so good and creamy. I’ll be Team White Chocolate for as long as people continue to talk trash about it… which will be forever I’m sure.

These white chocolate and spiced pistachio butter cups would have sent me over the moon if one of the fancy houses in the neighborhood were handing them out. I guess you’re not supposed to eat unwrapped candy… BUT the point is that these candies are such a good treat! And sort of bougie (looking), despite the fact that they don’t take much effort to whip together. That’s the magic of crumbled pistachios. You can use store bought pistachio butter or any other nut butter you like instead of making your own. The additional spices makes it feel V autumnal and cozy. They also freeze super well and can be kept on hand for whenever you feel like transforming into a blanket burrito watching trashy tv snacking on a sweet treat. Hmmmmm how can I make that into a Halloween costume?


White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups

makes about 12 candies

materials:

1 cup roasted unsalted pistachios *
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin spice (1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and a heavy dash of cloves)
16 oz white chocolate chips
3 tbsp coconut oil

* if you can only find salted pistachio, just don’t add the extra salt and add a teensy bit more honey. Adjust according to taste.

steps:

  1. Place pistachios in a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds until you have fine crumble. Take out 2 tbsp of pistachios and set aside for your topping. Add in salt and pumpkin spice. Continue to blend for 5-7 minutes. Slowly add in honey and olive oil while blending until smooth. Set pistachio butter aside.

  2. Melt white chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler or in the microwave. If melting in the microwave, microwave in 20 second increments and mix in between until melty. This will prevent the chocolate from burning. Allow chocolate to slightly cool for a few minutes.

  3. Line a muffin pan with ridged liners. Add in a tablespoon of white chocolate into the liners. Then plop in about 1 tsp of pistachio butter and then fill with more white chocolate until completely covered. Sprinkle a bit of crushed pistachios on top. Place in the freezer until set and enjoy!