When I think of fall I think of maple syrup, pumpkin treats, donuts, and cider. This recipe for Maple Pumpkin Donuts is just what fall ordered. Since fall is coming, at least that is how it has felt the past few days around our area I thought this would be perfect for the new season.
History of Maple Syrup-Where Did it Originate?
There is one Iroquois Legend found in our history from many years ago regarding maple syrup. It was found that a man in North America discovered maple syrup. It was said to come from that sweet sap runs in the springtime from the maple sugar trees.
Possibly this man, or some of his fellow friends tried boiling this type of sap over an open fire reduced it to a brown syrup. This syrup, when cooked for a longer period of time, became harder into brownish sugars of different kinds.
We are not sure if this is the origin is the correct one. But there is another legend that tells us of the Woksis. He was an Indian chief who was said to have pulled his tomahawk out of one of the maple trees before going out on his hunt. With the warm weather the cut in the tree made the sap drip,onto a piece of bark. Toward evening the chief returned he smelled a sweet smell of the ‘syrup’ and found that is wife has used the water that was near the bark that the sap had dripped on. The legend ended there with the Indians tapping maple trees to secure this deliciously sweet source of sweetening their meals.
Remember this is a legend, and legends never need truth to be found to be interesting. Normally the more interesting the legend is, the less likely it is true. We found that this legend is quite interesting, did you?
All indications show that the Indians of the Lake States, Southeastern Canada, New England, the Appalachian Mountains knew and used maple syrup a long time before the first explorers and colonists came to America.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 C flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ⅔ C pumpkin puree
- ⅔ C light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ C whole milk
- 1 large disposable piping bag
Maple Glaze Ingredients
- 2 C powdered sugar
- 6 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 C Reese pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut pan with pam baking spray
- Using a small bowl, melt the butter
- Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt
- Using a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, milk, and butter
- Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until combined
- Scoop the batter into the piping bag
- Fill the donut pan cavity about ⅔ way full
- Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
- Allow cooling for 10 minutes before removing and baking of the rest of the batter
1. Using a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice
2. Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze
3. Shake lightly to remove any excess
4. Place onto a wire rack
5. Sprinkle some Reese pieces on top
6. Allow for the glaze to set before enjoying!
Additional 10 minutes is for cooling time.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 2gSugar: 44gProtein: 6g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
What Other Sweets are Made from Maple Syrup?
I remember when I was a little girl my Grandpa and Grandma would have us help make maple sugar candy. Grandma would boil the maple syrup and then we each were given a small bowl. We had to stir it till it formed into a smooth granular consistency. Then she would have us drop them by little spoonfuls onto parchment or wax paper. If you aren’t one to want to make your own you can buy some here on
Or if you want to try making your own candy you can purchase pure maple syrup.