After months of trial, illness, starvation, exhaustion, and many other forms of misery (encouraging post so far, Laura) – the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags came together for a great feast on what is now known as The First Thanksgiving. These incredible people had much to celebrate, no doubt.
On their table there was an abundance of lobster, rabbit, chicken, squash, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, radishes, and cabbage – all of the traditional foods you and I always serve to our families on Thanksgiving, right? (I always tear up a little during the carving of our traditional Thanksgiving Lobster.)
Quick question: How did the above First Thanksgiving menu give way to boxed stuffing and canned cranberry sauce that plops out onto a plate? Don’t answer that. But what I do what to know is this: Where have these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts been all my life? These need to be added to everyone’s Thanksgiving menu: turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, relish tray, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade rolls with butter, and a big, huge platter of Pumpkin Donuts. Oh, and don’t forget the Lobster.
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts (adapted from this recipe)
- 3½ cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground hard white wheat)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- Oil for frying (I recommend coconut oil or palm shortening for healthy frying)
- 2 cups powdered sugar (I use unbleached powdered sugar)
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir together whole wheat flour, baking powder, sea salt, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and sucanat. Add melted butter, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, and pumpkin puree - mixing until all ingredients are well combined.
- Roll dough on a well-floured surface.
- Cut out donuts and donut holes (makes about 15-20 of each).
- Fry dough in hot oil for about 3 minutes or until donuts are golden brown.
- Whisk glaze ingredients together and drizzle over warm donuts before serving.
What are your family’s traditional Thanksgiving foods that are a little different from the norm? I have to admit, not only have I never had a Thanksgiving Lobster on my table, I’m not sure I’ve ever actually eaten lobster, period. I’m a Kansas girl turned Nebraska girl. What can I say?