Monday, May 26, 2014

Lemon Glazed Donuts

Lemons taste like Summer to me. Lemonade, lemon based cocktails, lemon sorbet, etc. (figured I'd end it there at the risk of sounding like Bubba reminiscing over shrimp).  I got a Babycakes Donut Maker recently (I posted about making "Brownuts" here). With Summer essentially here, I decided it was time for a lemon glazed treat. You have to be careful when baking rather than frying donuts. You want to make sure they're light and fluffy and still have the feel (and not just the shape) of a regular donut. Here's the recipe and a few tips:

Lemon Glazed Donuts*
1 cup of all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 egg
6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt
2 drops lemon extract
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup milk or almond milk
Zest of one lemon
1 cup powdered sugar
Juice of one lemon

Preheat oven to 325 F.*** Lightly grease two 6 count donut pans with cooking spray or vegetable oil. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt, oil, milk and lemon zest. Add to dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Divide batter evenly into the 2 pans, filling each well about half full. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the donuts comes out clean. Remove donuts from the oven and cool for a few minutes in the pans.

To make glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Glaze should be thin. Remove donuts from the pans and dip tops of donuts into the glaze. Cool on a wire wrack.

*Technically, this is a "fonut" or "faux-nut" recipe because the donut is baked. The recipe is from Barbara Bakes with very slight modifications by me.

**You can also use a donut maker to make your donuts. You will cut your baking time in half. I use the one by Baby Cakes, which you can buy here.

TIP: Use a pastry bag to fill the wells. 

TIP: If you want a cakey donut, head to your grocery store and buy a box of cake mix and frosting. Mix according to package instructions and make your donuts that way. Super quick and easy. The donuts will need to bake for a little longer in the donut maker. In the donut pan, you can follow the cooking times provided on the package. 

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