Spiced Pumpkin Donut Holes

A Post-Tryptophan Pick-Me-Up

spiced pumpkin doughnut holes!

The only thing kids love more than ice cream? Donuts.

Send Thanksgiving off in style with these minis, courtesy of Flex Mussels pastry chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts fave, Zac Young.

Spiced Pumpkin Donut Holes
Makes twelve

3½ c. all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1 c. sugar
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temp.
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ c. buttermilk
1 c. canned pumpkin (unspiced, unsweetened)
Canola oil

1. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl.

2. With an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter on medium speed. Beat in eggs, then vanilla. Stream in buttermilk; beat in pumpkin.

3. Fold in half of the dry ingredients, blending gently. Fold in other half, blending gently again.

4. Chill for three hours.

5. Lightly flour your work surface. Press out dough to ½-inch thickness. Cut dough using a 1-inch round cutter and place discs on well-floured baking sheets (scraps can be kneaded back together and re-rolled).

6. Line two baking sheets with paper towels. Pour oil into a large, deep skillet to a depth of 1½ inches. Attach deep-fry thermometer and heat oil to 365°- 370°.

7. Fry donut holes in small batches until golden brown, turning every two minutes.

8. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.

6. Roll in cinnamon sugar and serve warm.

For more delicious desserts, head to Flex Mussels, 154 West 13th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (212-229-0222); 174 East 82nd Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues (212-717-7772 or flexmusselsny.com).

this week in new york!

Brain: the Inside Story
An interactive exhibit that explores the human noggin.
Why: Test your own mental prowess with the London taxi memory game.
When: Thru Aug. 14. Daily, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Where: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, at 79th St. (212-769-5100). Adults, $24; children, $14.

Squirm Burpee Circus: a Vaudevillian Melodrama
This steampunk circus is full of crazy gadgets, gizmos, and acrobatic delights.
Why: A trio of circus characters uses their talents to defeat the buzz-kill Baron.
When: Thru Sun.
Where: The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves. Tickets at 646-223-3010 or online at newvictory.org. Adults and children, $14-$38.

Dan Zanes and Friends
The local dad and family music man is back with his multicultural mix.
Why: Afro-Caribbean and Latin beats get the crowd going.
When: Sun., 3 p.m.
Where: Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St., b/t Kent & Wythe Aves. Tickets online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $25.

Photo: Courtesy of Flex Mussels

154 W 13th St
bt 6th & 7th Aves
New York, NY 10011
66 N 6th St
bt Kent & Wythe Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11211
209 W 42nd St
bt 7th & 8th Aves
New York, NY 10036
174 E 82nd St
bt Lexington & Third Aves
New York, NY 10028
Central Park West
@ 79th St
New York, NY 10024