I have to admit I really do not like donuts. Like I would rather not eat for the rest of the day than eat a store bought donut. But when I came across a donut pan with its cute, little individual circle molds I just couldn’t resist buying it. I proudly showed off my purchase to my boyfriend who didn’t quite share my initial enthusiasm. Luckily I had enough for both of us.
However, my complete distaste for donuts changed after I made lemon poppy seed donuts in my new, dare I say cute, donut pan. I personally think the combination of lemon and poppy seeds is amazing so I figured this recipe would be perfect to test the waters on my donut phobia. I have to admit, though, that despite my beloved new pan and how cute the donuts turned out, I am still not in love with this particular pastry.
I initially made these donuts to serve as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla icecream. By baking them they were incredibly easy to make and it cut out the nasty frying process. They were also a perfect light dessert and comparable to any slice of cake or cupcake. The leftover donuts were gobbled down as breakfast throughout the week.
For the Batter:
- 1 cup flour (I used gluten free baking flour but any flour will work)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- zest from 1 lemon
For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/8 cup lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and poppy seeds in a large bowl.
- Whisk together buttermilk, butter, vanilla extract, egg and lemon zest in a small bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients mixing until well combined.
- Lightly grease your donut pan. Make sure to get each individual mold well to ensure your donuts come out clean.
- Fill each mold approximately halfway with batter. I put my batter into a bag to easily fill the molds. The batter will be quite runny.
- Bake for ~18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let donuts cool and transfer to a wire rack until completely cool.
- Whisk lemon juice and powdered sugar to create a glaze. Individually dip the donuts into the glaze.
- While glaze is wet, sprinkle with additional poppy seeds. (You could also use lemon zest, sprinkles or leave plain.)
- Let dry completely on wire rack.
- Create a donut cake for serving or eat directly off the wire rack!
These donuts are perfect for spring and would be wonderful for any brunch, baby shower or wedding shower! The best part is they are fairly easy to make and can double as breakfast!