Parmesan Pumpkin Donuts
Experience the fusion of Dunkin’ Donuts and South African Pampoenkoekies at home! Prepare savoury Parmesan Pumpkin Donuts in just 35 minutes.
As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisp, one of the ultimate comforts is sinking your teeth into a warm, fresh donut. Dunkin’ Donuts, with its familiar array of sweet treats, might be a go-to for many when this craving strikes. Yet, there’s something undeniably special and satisfying about crafting your own sweet masterpiece right in your kitchen. You might discover that while Dunkin’ Pumpkin Donuts has a special place in your heart, there’s also room for the unique pleasure of homemade donuts, made even more special by the personal touch you bring to them.
The Heritage of “Pampoenkoekies”
The roots of this delightful snack run deep in South African culture. South African Pampoenkoekies, or pumpkin fritters, have been a beloved treat in South African households for generations.
Traditionally, these sweet treats are made by mixing mashed pumpkin with flour, sugar, and aromatic spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The batter is then fried until golden and crispy, resulting in a comforting dessert that warms the soul.
These fritters are not just food; they are a celebration of heritage and a symbol of togetherness. Each family may have its own secret recipe, but they all share a common love for the warm, spiced, and savoury goodness of Pampoenkoekies.
A Savoury Twist: Parmesan Pumpkin Donuts
Inspired by traditional Pampoenkoekies, our Parmesan Pumpkin Donuts introduce a savoury deviation from the classic recipe. By adding sharp, tangy parmesan cheese to the pumpkin batter, we’ve created a unique snack that’s perfect as an appetiser or a delectable side dish. The result is a scrumptious donut with a crispy, golden exterior and a soft, flavourful interior that’s sure to impress.
Tips for Perfecting Your Parmesan Pumpkin Donuts
- Select the Right Pumpkin: The choice of pumpkin matters. Look for a pumpkin variety that’s not too watery. Butternut or sugar pumpkins work well, as they have a sweet and creamy flesh.
- The Art of Pureeing: If you’re using fresh pumpkin, peel, then steam or bake it (covered) until it’s soft, then puree it until it’s smooth. The consistency of your pumpkin puree will impact the texture of your donuts.
- Balance the Flavours: The combination of nutmeg, Parmesan, and a pinch of chilli flakes adds depth to the flavour. Adjust the spiciness according to your taste.
- Frying to Perfection: Heat your oil to the right temperature (around 340°F/170°C). You’ll know it’s ready when a small drop of batter sizzles and rises to the surface. Fry the donuts until they are golden brown on the outside and cooked through.
- Serve with Style: When serving, don’t forget to grate extra Parmesan over the donuts for that extra savoury kick. They are delightful on their own, but a dipping sauce like aioli or a spicy tomato chutney can also enhance the experience.
Trick or Treat.
Were these Parmesan Pumpkin Donuts a trick or treat? Let me know! and if you’re looking for more pumpkin delights, try Pumpkin Spice Latte Tiramisu, Air Fryer Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake, and Roast Pumpkin with Burrata.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use canned pumpkin puree instead of fresh pumpkin?
Yes, you can use canned pumpkin puree as a convenient alternative. Just make sure it’s 100% pure pumpkin puree without any added sweeteners or spices.
Is it necessary to add Parmesan cheese, or can I omit it?
Parmesan cheese is a key flavour component of these donuts, but you can omit it if you have dietary restrictions or prefer a different flavour profile. The donuts will have a different taste, but they’ll still be delicious. If opting to make the recipe dairy-free add 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast in place of the parmesan and use a dairy free alternative for the milk.
What’s the best dipping sauce for these parmesan pumpkin donuts?
These donuts are flavorful on their own, but you can serve them with dipping sauces like aioli, spicy tomato chutney, or a yoghurt-based dip for added flavour.
Can I pan-fry these donuts instead of frying them?
Sure. Firstly, reduce the flour to 1 cup. Add a knob of butter to a frying pan, along with a drizzle of oil. This will help the butter add flavour without burning. Add in spoonfuls of the batter, just like you would if making American-style fluffy pancakes. Cook until bubbles appear on the top then gently flip to cook the other side.
Can I make the batter ahead of time?
It’s best to make the batter just before frying or baking to retain its texture and rise. Baking powder will lose potency if let to sit. However, you can prepare the pumpkin puree in advance for convenience.
How do I store leftovers, and can I reheat them?
Store any leftover donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, you can use an oven or air fryer to restore their crispiness, or a microwave for a quick warm-up.