Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts*


Growing up I had a serious obsession with sparkles, sequins, or polka dots…and any dress that had one of those items, and I had to have it. It didn’t matter the color, or the style, I only had eyes for the shine. I would grab any dress that caught my eye and show my Mom who probably thought I would out grow my obsession like most little girls.

Too bad I didn’t. I was what they called a hot mess even before anyone invented the phrase.

That’s me on the left, in that lovely polka dot number. If you notice, it had two rockin’ polka dot prints. A small print and a large print. That’s right, it was a badass dress. Not to mention I had that hot pink corvette to showcase my dress in. I know, you’re jealous.

To be honest, while it was the best pink car on the block for years, it was eventually topped by my baby sister’s pink barbie jeep. Which, by default, is definitely not cooler than a corvette. But the jeep battery eventually broke, and my Dad put a riding lawn mower battery in it instead. That sucker got up to 30 mph!!  <–P.S. Yes, I realize how I am fully showcasing my Texas Redneck heritage here. 

I would be lying if I said I didn’t have any polka dots in my closet today. I do. I have a lot. 3 of my 4 swimsuits have polka dots. It’s pretty much my signature pattern. But instead of only having it in my clothing, accessories, and amazing shoes…I figured I also needed to find a way to work it into food. And what better way than by using Poppy Seeds?!

I have a huge love for everything lemon, but you add in those darling blue poppy seeds, and I just go crazy. I have been looking for the opportunity to use my mini donut maker again and I think these Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts were the perfect excuse. Of course you can also use a mini donut pan for the oven, or even a large donut pan! Just make sure and double dip your donuts and it won’t matter what size you choose. :-D

 

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Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

Yield: 24 mini donuts

Total Time: 20 minutes if using electric donut baker!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

For the icing:
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

If using electric donut maker, preheat. If using donut pans, preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease donut pans.

In a small bowl, whisk together milk and sour cream. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In large bowl, or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar, until light and fluffy - about 1 minute. Add egg, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Beat for 30 seconds, scrapping down the bowl as needed.

Then alternating flour mixture and milk mixture, combine all ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix.

Transfer batter into a piping bag, or a ziplock bag with the tip cut off.

If using mini donut pans: Fill each donut indention 1/2 full. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the donuts are slightly browned and spring back when touched. Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and cool completely.

If using the electric donut maker: Fill each donut indention 3/4 full. Bake according to manufactures instructions, or until the donuts are slightly browned and spring back when touched. Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and cool completely.

For the icing:
Place wax paper under a wire rack to collect drippings for an easy clean up.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Dip the top of each donut into the glaze and transfer to a wire rack to dry. Let set for 10 minutes and serve!

Will keep for a day or two in an airtight container, but are better fresh!

TNCB

 

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87 Responses to “Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts”

  1. 1

    Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious — December 14, 2011 @ 3:52 am

    Thank you for posting the recipe. When I read the post about your adorable cat, I couldn’t find the recipe and I didn’t want to be overbearing and ask about because these magic donuts made your cat feel better!

  2. 2

    Kathryn — December 14, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    Polka dots are pretty much the best thing ever. I hadn’t even thought about baking with them though but these are so darn cute.

  3. 3

    Priyanka — December 14, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    I love doughnut…..I literally survived my college life on them… however I miss them now
    Thanks for sharing….now I can make and have them always.
    The photos are stunning as always :)

  4. 4

    Katrina — December 14, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    Brilliant! I like sparkels too. Even now! These donuts are right up my alley. Can’t wait to try!

  5. 5

    Julie @ Table for Two — December 14, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    hey gurrrl, sweet car, can i get a ride? haha, polka dots are fab, i LOVE them :) you’re so cute! these donuts — lemon & poppy seed..a great combo if i ever saw one! so, i’ll trade you chicken pot pie fillings for a couple of these? ;)

  6. 6

    Blog is the New Black — December 14, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    LOVE these pics… greate!

  7. 7

    Maria — December 14, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    My kind of donut! Love your photos too!

  8. 8

    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 14, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    um, i’m STILL obsessed with sparkles, sequins and polka dots… i don’t understand.

  9. 9

    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 14, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    I need to get a donut pan, stat.

  10. 10

    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 14, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    oh it’s awesome to know you made these in a babycakes maker! let me tell you that I have the babycakes donut maker, donut hole maker, and real donut pans in both full size and mini size. Needless to say, Ive gone on a serious donut lovi’ bonanza the past few months and i love that this recipe works in the makers!

    Do you find that you can use the same recipe in regular ole donut pans vs. the electric makers? I find that sometimes it works, other times not as well…

  11. 11

    Katarina — December 14, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Wow, these are beautiful!

  12. 12

    DessertForTwo — December 14, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Didn’t we discover that you’re Czech too? Poppy seeds are so Czech! Love this!!

    And bring on the old pictures! Love ‘em!

  13. 13

    Bev Weidner — December 14, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    IWANTTHATCAR.

    And poppy seeds are my life. I think I’ll go shovel a cup into my mouth right now.

  14. 14

    Erin — December 14, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    I was obsessed with the mini lemon poppyseed muffins growing up and I bet these little donuts are even better!

  15. 15

    Cookbook Queen — December 14, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    These look amazing!! (I have a polka dot swimsuit..I love it!!)

  16. 16

    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — December 14, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    omg, that picture is amazing!! AND the donuts, they look sooooo good!!

  17. 17

    Cassie @ bake your day — December 14, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    I TOTALLY had that same car. No joking. That picture just took me waaaaay back. Love these donuts…love them even more after I saw your cat all over them last night. I’m still not over polka dots and sparkles…no shame at all!

  18. 18

    Laura — December 14, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    OMG, I was just thinking about making some lemon poppyseed cake. This looks so much better! Also, for the record – I <3 polka dots too.

  19. 19

    Emily ~So Domesticated~ — December 14, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Jealous!!!…. I so wanted one of those cars growing up!

    Very pretty photos…. your donuts look scrumptious!

  20. 20

    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — December 14, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! Lemon poppyseed donuts… yum. sounds so unqiue!

  21. 21

    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 14, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    I TOTALLY had that pink Corvette, too. And it was faaaantastic!

  22. 22

    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 14, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    I have been totally obsessed with donuts lately and these look fabulous! Looking forward to giving these a try soon! :)

  23. 23

    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — December 14, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I almost wee’d myself over the lawn mower battery. That’s hardcare yo but what else would befit such a bad ass dress?

    I’d better get a dang donut pan for Christmas!

  24. 24

    julia { see you in the morning } — December 14, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    ah so dainty and gorgeous!

  25. 25

    Lauren — December 14, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    Girl, you can rock any style of fashion! {PS-your photos are gorgeous!!!!!}

  26. 26

    Christina @ ovenadventures — December 14, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    I always wanted a barbie car! So jealous.

  27. 27

    nicole {sweet peony} — December 14, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    so are you saying that it’s a problem that i’m still obsessed with sparkles, sequins and polka dots??

    btw, i’m totally jealous that you had a barbie corvette & slightly even more jealous that your sister had the old-school barbie equivalent of a hemi engine! haha

    i am obsessed with these donuts. i want them now! so pretty & cute :)

  28. 28

    Joanne — December 14, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    Hmm maybe my polka dot obsession does also explain my love of lemon poppy seed anything! I think you’re onto something.

  29. 29

    Melissa // thefauxmartha — December 14, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    These look absolutely perfect! My mom always made lemon poppyseed muffins growing up. From a box. I forgave her :)

  30. 30

    Tracy — December 15, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    These look so amazingly good. I have a large doughnut pan, and will definitely be making these in it. Also, I’m glad your kitty is feeling better – what a cutie! :-)

  31. 31

    Stefanie — December 15, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    Gorgeous! And my bathing suits all have polka dots :) These look absolutely delicious. Love the lemon poppy seed combo in a donut!!

  32. 32

    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — December 16, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    These are absolutely stunning! You rock girl

  33. 33

    Brooke (Baking with Basil) — December 16, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    I’ve been looking for a recipe to finally use the mini donut pan I bought back in the spring! Love these!! You and that dress are too cute!!

  34. 34

    Jen @ Savory Simple — December 18, 2011 @ 12:08 am

    These sound absolutely wonderful! What a unique doughnut.

  35. 35

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — December 18, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    These doughnuts look so good! Love lemon anything…..Merry Christmas!!

  36. 36

    The Teacher Cooks — December 20, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    These sound incredible. I love poppyseeds and lemon!

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    Jeane — December 27, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    There is NO better combination than poppy seeds and lemon!!! While blueberry and lemons come close, the poppy seeds are my absolute favorite! I will be making these this weekend!!!!

  39. 39

    Sarah — January 21, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    They look great, and I’d like to try them, but I don’t have a doughnut pan. Can I deep fry them? Or is that a fool question that exposes me as a Brooklyn grrrl?

    • Jessica replied: — January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

      These are cake donuts, so I have never heard of them being fried. But maybe they can be? But I think the outside would burn before you would be able to cook the outside. :-(

  40. 40

    Suzanne — January 22, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    I tried this recipe out tonight on my mini donut pan and they were fabulous, I didn’t use poppy seeds tho, I chopped up dried blueberries and they were so good, kind of like the blueberry cake donuts at a donut shop :) Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jessica replied: — January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:06 am

      Oh fun! I love the idea of doing blueberries instead! ….and now I am thinking up ideas for topping them….what about a brown sugar crumble for on top? YUM!

  41. 41

    sarah c — January 23, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Cake doughnuts definitely can be deep fried. I don’t know if this particular recipe will work that way, but there are lots of cake doughnut recipes that are fried. If this is a dough that can be rolled and cut, I bet you could fry it. If it’s more of a batter than pours, probably not.

    • Jessica replied: — January 24th, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      Thanks for the info Sarah!

      But this cake batter is definitely more of a pourable batter. To make, you have to pipe it into the cake pan with a ziplock bag or piping bag. It is not a dough that can be rolled and cut.

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    Kim - Liv Life — February 2, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    Saw these beauties on Pinterest…. not only gorgeous photos, but a wonderful springtime recipe!! I’m SO ready for spring!

  44. 44

    Onjali — March 13, 2012 @ 1:40 am

    I just linked to this recipe on my blog because I am in love with these donuts! I hope you don’t mind.

  45. 45

    Laura *You Stir Me* — March 23, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    oh my goodness, you were the most badass kid around! Definitely would have tried to be your friend if you lived on my block;) And these yummy doughnuts looks amazing! So glad I just found your blog – I love it!

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    Erin — March 24, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    These look amazing and I cannot wait to make some! I found you on Pinterest and I live in Jacksonville also, what a small world :) Thanks for all of these great recipes.

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    Lisa — April 19, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    Lemon, poppy seeds and donuts all in one…now I need to get the donut maker and I’ll be set.

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    I love the thought of Lemon Poppy Seed donuts. What a great idea for a recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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