Springtime and lemons just seem to go together. I picked up a lovely lemon at the store, knowing I wanted to do something lemony, but not knowing what. I thought about a pound cake, then remembered the donut pans. Ah, ha! Lemon Donuts!
Oh yum, did these ever hit the spot! And how can you go wrong serving them on my new lemon plates. Perfect aren’t they?
Gathering the ingredients, I came across the vanilla beans. The thought came that these might do wonderfully in a delicate batter with just lemon zest, so I tried that.
So here is how to make them yourself. Spray two donut pans with non-stick spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine first five dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean.
Add to dry ingredients.
Zest the lemon.
Chop finely and add to dry ingredients.
Add the eggs to the oil and slightly beat. If you don’t have a vanilla bean, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the eggs/oil.
Add eggs, oil, and half and half to the dry ingredients.
Stir gently only until combined. Batter will be very thick and sticky.
Load 1/2 of batter into a piping bag, cut off the end. You may be tempted to skip this step, but believe me it is much easier and faster to load the bag and pipe the batter into the wells than to try to spoon it in.
Pipe into six donut wells. Repeat with remaining batter and another donut pan, distributing batter evenly across all 12 wells.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-16 minutes, only until top springs back when lightly touched and donuts are lightly browned. Do not over-bake.
Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then remove from pans and put on wire racks to cool.
Juice the lemon.
Strain the juice into a cup with the powdered sugar.
Wisk until smooth.
Place wax paper under the rack with the cooled donuts. Drizzle with lemon glaze. I scooped up the overflow and added it to the tops of the donuts after the first glazing had cooled and slightly hardened.
Enjoy the complements!
Lemon Donuts with Lemon Glaze
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons half and half (or milk)
juice of one lemon
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
Spray two donut pans with non-stick spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first five dry ingredients in a large bowl. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add to dry ingredients. Zest the lemon, chop finely and add to dry ingredients. Add eggs, oil, and half and half, stirring gently only until combined. Batter will be very thick and sticky. Load 1/2 of batter into a piping bag, cut off the end. Pipe into six donut wells. Repeat with remaining batter and another donut pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-16 minutes, only until top springs back when lightly touched and donuts are lightly browned. Do not over-bake. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then remove from pans and put on wire racks to cool. Drizzle with lemon glaze. Yield 12 donuts.
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21 thoughts on “Lemon Donuts with Lemon Glaze”
Good Morning Carole! Oh these do look and sound delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Hubby and I, plus a good friend have been putting in the garden and flowers, mowing the lawn and enjoying each others company. The friend has helped out us for over two years now and this weekend he treated us to a marvelous lasagna. So, I have a feeling these donuts would be a great way to end our get together for the time being. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!
OH MY! These do look so yummy 🙂 I don’t have a doughnut pan 😦 Must add to list of things to buy ASAP!
and, eat them all, one by one. Or, two at a time.
This is an easy recipe. I do not have a piping bag, but using another bag and snipping a not too generous end off is just as good.
I should try this.
I like baking things and wrapping them up really well and identifying label, and sneaking them into my kids freezers
I know, I am a stealth goodie mom
Thank you for sharing your recipe, they look delicious! Now I must too find a donut pan. You have a wonderful day 😊
These look so delicious! I recently started making donuts (mine have to be gluten free though) and was surprised by how easy it was and how good they are! I will have to try making some lemon donuts!
I loved the photos of the donuts on the lemon plate. Perfect! Now, if only you could send a taste via email!
Thank you, thank you, thank you….lemon is my favorite dessert (and drink) flavor. This is just what I’ve been needing. I actually bought a donut pan right after your last post about donuts and I’ve not used it yet….but now I will. I don’t suppose you could mail me a donut? lol…..
These look so very yummy. I will try making them with gluten free all purpose flour. I think lemon in the summertime. Thanks for sharing this recipe.☺️
I use to bake all the time when our girls where young…now NEVER. But ooooohhhhh your lemon donuts look sooooo good!!!
Those look delicious! And perfect on the plate!
I’ve never made a donut, but I sure do want to try. LOVE your lemon plates. Most find some.
I’m on a mission to try as many baked doughnuts as I can. These sound awesome!
YAY! you made these donuts and posted! You know I love lemons and these are perfection!! Cute plate too!
I love lemon desserts, these sound amazing! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!
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YUMMY ! These donuts look fantastic. My family love lemon-flavor dessert and I’m going to save your recipe. Thanks
Carole, these look just heavenly–I could go for one now! Blessings, Cecilia
You had my mouth watering as I read the recipe. These look gorgeous.
Yum! Your donuts look divine, they look perfect to go with a cup of hot chocolate! Casserole Gal Rhonda
these look oh so yummy and love those molds now I want to find me some
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We will love your Lemon Donuts, they look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
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