Gingerbread was on my mind after spending a couple of hours Skyping with my grandson yesterday. Lately, both he and Maddie want me to tell them "haunted" stories with dark forests and Trolls, and how magically we get to the castle in the meadow.
Coming to the forest edge, Princess Maddie and Spiderman Ari called out to the troll that they want to enter. "What can we give you to let us pass through?" The big, green Troll answers, "What have you baked today?" They tell him, "we have gingerbread doughnuts!" "Yum...you can come through the forest if you give me some."
A pathway appears and the two find there way back to the castle...Mimi's house! The end.
The house smelled just wonderful with the spices and molasses; drawing in any Trick or Treaters around. The new pan I bought makes the most yummy holes, Maddie's favorites. These are rolled in confectioners' sugar, but cinnamon/sugar or even a glaze would be awesome too.
|Doughnut holes or Cake Pops can be made in this pan|
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cardamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 3/4 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 325F-degrees. Spray doughnut pan and round ball pan with baking spray. If you don't have either, you can use a miniature muffin pan.
Heat the water and molasses in a 2 cup measure in the microwave for 40 seconds. Pour over the softened butter in a bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment mix on low to combine.
Add the egg and sugar and mix again--don't worry if it looks curdled.
Add the spices, flour, baking soda and salt with the buttermilk and mix on low. Remove from the stand mixer and use a spatula to combine it thoroughly; you don't want to overmix.
Use a small scoop to measure batter in the round ball pan and a larger one for the doughnut pan.
Dip the doughnuts in the glaze and spread with an off-set spatula. Sprinkle with colored sugar.
(BTW--On Monday, I will be drawing the name for the October Give-Away because I will be flying out on Tuesday to visit my grandson. )