“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
Linus: “Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night. I hope you will bring me lots of presents.
Charlie Brown: “Who are you writing to Linus?”
Linus: “This is the time of year to write to the Great Pumpkin. On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children.”
Charlie Brown: “You must be crazy, when are you going to stop believing in something that isn’t true?”
Linus: “When you stop believing in that fellow with the red suit and the white beard, who goes Ho, Ho, Ho.”
Charlie Brown: “We’re obviously separated by denominational differences.”
I have spent the last few weeks scanning in my entire life in photos. Some of the best are definitely from autumn (or fall if you are reading in America); the great leaves, the outrageous costumes, the more and more elaborate carved pumpkins every year.
And every-year I tell the story of Snoopy and Woodstock. Snoopy is carving himself a beautiful pumpkin, but Woodstock is so small he has to carve his out of a – GRAPE!! No one else finds this hilarious but me.
In homage to The Great Pumpkin, here are my baby baked pumpkin donuts (makes 48 mini donuts). They are so easy to make and hardly any time to bake at all. The pumpkin keeps them nice and the spice gives you a hint of the Christmas spices just around the corner.
Pumpkin baked donuts
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsps milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp rum
1. Mix all your dry ingredients together well.
2. In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and add in your pumpkin puree and vanilla extract.
3. Fold the flour into you pumpkin mix.
4. Put into a small plastic bag (sandwich bag) and cut off an end to use as a piping bag. Pipe into your mini donut container.
5. Bake in the oven at 175oC for 10 mins.
For an amazing gluten free / SCD friendly version see Roost Blog for these delicious grain free versions made with almond flour. Replace the honey with stevia for ACD.