Halloween is coming, and to be honest I love this season and this holiday! I have prepared a lot of different recipes which are not only amazing to taste but they can look halloweeny if you like with some easy tricks ;)
So, the first recipe to share is for absolutely incredible Pumpkin Donuts which are baked, but not gross in any kind :D because they are perfectly moist, so it's almost impossible to tell the difference between them and fried ones!
And as it is already ''that time'' if you know what I mean, let's see some cool information about Halloween along with the recipe ;)
As the information about Halloween is far too massive, I will share different facts separated into a few recipes!
Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2020 will occur on Saturday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
Ancient Origins of Halloween
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the 400 years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.
The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of bobbing for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.*source
So let's jump to the recipe!
Prep: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Servings: 9 donuts (without glaze)
Calories per serving: 125 kcal
Find the recipe & nutrition facts below :
1/2 cup warm soy milk
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp dry active yeast
2 tbsp oil
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
For the white glaze:
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
For the orange glaze:
1 tbsp cacao butter
6 tbsp coconut or soy cream
1/4 tsp turmeric or natural coloring
Step 1: Preheat oven to 180C.
In a large bowl mix all of the wet ingredients (pumpkin puree, warm plant milk, oil) and add in sugar and dry yeast. Set aside for 5-7 minutes.
Step 2: Mix in the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and spices)
Step 3: Pour the batter into a cooking posh and fill the donut silicone form (if you don't have any, you can improvise by using a muffin tin and placing a piece of aluminum foil in the center of each).
Step 4: Bake for around 20-25 minutes.
Step 5: Prepare the white glaze simply by mixing the ingredients (if it's too hard or too liquidy just adjust the measurements).
Step 6: For the second one melt and combine all of the ingredients on a low heat and mix until well combined, transfer onto an ice bath, and don't stop mixing until you reach a glaze consistency. Cover the donuts with a glaze of choice.