Pumpkin Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache

You guys. I'm in hair hell right now. I stopped in a new salon yesterday because I had a spare 3 hours without kids, so I figured I'd get my hair trimmed. While there the stylist talked me into fixing my color.... You see, I had gone to a very dark brown, almost black tone. Which I loved, but honestly I miss my natural color and the easy maintenance. So I said, what the heck! Lets do it.

In order to go from black to dirty blond, you have to strip the color using bleach. I knew this... and was ok with the process. However it took over an hour with the bleach sitting on my scalp burning me to strip any amount of the black and brown tones. The result was a neon orange.

She then puts on the hair color, a light ashy brown with some blond highlights. Very close to my natural look.  After about 40 minutes she takes the foils out and rinses, starts to style and OH look... my roots are a yellowy green and the rest of my hair? Copper. Not like a pretty copper brown. Fucking copper... or the color of rust.

I tell her to add more color, whatever. Fix this mess!  So she adds more of the same color, hoping it will take better. Well it did slightly... my roots aren't AS bad, but stick suck, and the all over color is pretty reddish still.

Now for the cut. I have been growing my hair out for a really long time. I was finally at the point where I could put it up in a bun, and do fun hairstyles with it. So I was clear.... don't take much, just a trim. Well folks.... My hair is about chin length (perhaps a tad longer) and I can't where it all the way up anymore. It will probably take a year to grow back to where it was.

Needless to say, I learned my lesson. Stick with a well known stylist.... otherwise FOUR HOURS later you'll walk out with short red hair.

Now for these doughnuts. I am  a hack. I baked doughnuts. I died a little bit when put that pan into the oven. Doughnuts are never meant to be baked. However many friends have told me to try King Arthur's recipe for Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts because they are amazing. Well I did.... and thought they taste great. To me they were not doughnuts. Like all other baked doughnuts, these were just round pumpkin muffins. Or muffnuts as I like to call them.

Pumpkin Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache 
Recipe adapted from (King Arthur Flour's Cake Donut Recipe)

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons All Purpose Flour 
Preheat oven to 350 and grease, doughnut pans. (Don't have doughnut pans? Use a muffin tin.) 

In a mixing bowl combine, vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking powder just until it is smooth. 

Mix in flour, once smooth fill doughnut pans 3/4 of the way full. Should yield about 12 doughnuts. 

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 

To top with chocolate ganache, add 1/2 cup milk chocolate into a double boiler with 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and a pinch of salt and I added a pinch cardamon. 

Whisk until smooth. 

Dip tops of cooled doughnuts in melted chocolate, and enjoy! 



  1. So...one time, right before I went back to college, I got my hair colored and permed (ok. That permed word sounds stupid, and it is...my goal at the time--I was 20, so forgive me--was to have even curls over my head). Sooo...one week I had the perm. No problems. Next week, I go in for what we called sun-streaked. I had done it before, and it looked awesome. Well, something went wrong this time, and my hair was ORANGE. No shit. Plus, the perm was tight all-over curls. I looked like Little Orphan Annie. I so wish I were kidding. OMG. It was awful. So, I'm having to go back to college and rush the next week looking like a freak. I was in hysterics. The gal that did my hair felt really bad, so she did mail me down some darker rinse to use, which helped a little (plus, red fades). That fall, I went to a dude in Nashville that was nationally-known and he fixed my hair. Lesson learned--no more perms (hello?). Thank God our hair mistakes aren't permanent. They just feel that way. Have another chocolate covered doughnut and it will help.

  2. Oh God! Thank God for hats - but it's so damn annoying as hair is one of the first things you see on a person! I had a disaster once. I'd done a home dye which was a really dark brown, but one of those 10 minute ones - well once I'd gone through all the layers of my hair the bottom layer had been on for ages - and it was black and the top layers had orange spots. So then I wore hats... left it a while and went to the salon. By this time I had some root regrowth so she said the permanent colour would even it all out - nope. No word of a lie, most of it was quite a nice red - the roots were bright orange. It was like a ginger halo. I've been too scared to dye my hair since... :O You definitely deserve some muffnuts (god that makes me chuckle!!)

  3. Omg omg omg!!!! Girl, that is my works effing nightmare!! I would have started bawling. Did you have to pay?? Ahhhh I'm so mad for you right now! As for these donuts, I would need to eat AT LEAST three to make myself feel better. Holy heck.

  4. I once hid in the bathroom for an entire weekend after a visit to a new stylist. Went in for a body wave, came out with a full-on perm, which I of course tried to wash out. I feel your pain. Go have a donut.

  5. Oh man I've had horror stylists stories where I've just bawled because there was nothing I could do. Hang in there and maybe take some biotin vitamins to help the hair grow faster.

    Love these doughnuts.

  6. Muffnuts....that is a gem right there. So sorry about your hair, girl. Ugh. That is the worst. I feel your pain.

  7. Oh, you poor thing! This just reinforces my belief to never, ever go to a different stylist. I get my hair colored (blonde to red), and she's told me if I ever want to go back to blonde, it would take a year of working towards it. I wish that was more common knowledge -- maybe this could have been avoided. :( If you're willing to go down to RI to get it fixed I can give you her name.

    Also, this reminds me of that scene in Anne of Green Gables. :D Hopefully, you won't be a carrot top for long!!!

  8. Oh gosh! This is why I avoid doing anything to my hair at all... lol. (Though, I'm sure you rock the red)

  9. Sorry, girl. Went through the exact same ordeal with a blackish brown that wouldn't come out. Virtual hugs. (())

  10. Oh gawd. So sorry that you had to deal with that. Can your regular stylist fix it or make it better?

    In the meantime, stuff your face with these donuts. I'm sure they will make you feel better. :)

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your hair. I'm a bit obsessive with my hair, too. I tried a new stylist last week and hate my hair. Yes, my original gal is more expensive, but totally worth it. How about we get drunk off of donuts until we forget about our hair?

  12. totally agree that donuts shouldn't be baked (ha, "muffnuts"). though sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. sorry your hair is turning into one of those times...