Makes 3 dozen doughnut holes

2 teaspoons instant yeast

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

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2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

½ cup warm water

15-ounce can pumpkin purée (not pumpkin-pie filling)

1 egg

3 cup honey

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Vegetable oil, for frying

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the yeast, flour, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the water, pumpkin and egg until a thick, smooth batter forms. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 45 minutes.

2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and stir well. Remove from the heat.

3. In a large, deep skillet over medium-high, heat 1 inch of oil to 375 F.

4. Working in batches, carefully drop the batter by the tablespoonful into the hot oil. A cookie or small ice-cream scoop makes this easier. Turning occasionally, fry the doughnuts until deep golden brown all over and cooked through, about five minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried doughnuts to a large bowl. Drizzle the honey syrup over the doughnuts and toss to coat. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving: 80 calories; 25 calories from fat (31 percent of total calories); 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 2 g protein; 30 mg sodium.

Alison Ladman, The Associated Press