When life gives you lemons . . . please. Who complains about getting fruit? Because citrus is great in donuts.
Lemon zest and lemon oil tart things up in this baked donut. Just have to say that not all lemon extracts are the same. Since Simply Organic is oil based, the flavor is better dispersed in baked goods than other extracts. If you can’t find it, leave it out.
You already know that donuts are awesome. There’s something about a donut’s shape that makes people happy. It’s one reason I love my donut pan. By the way, donuts are perfect for strawberry shortcake. Hole in one!
Here's an easy recipe for light, and somewhat sponge cake-like, lemon donuts. I used a sorghum flour blend for these gluten free baked donuts, but use whatever you like. Sliced horizontally, lemon donuts are perfect for strawberry shortcake.
- Dry Ingredients:
- 2.5 cups gluten free flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon guar gum
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of ginger
- Wet Ingredients:
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract (if oil based)
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- For glaze:
- 1.5 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- extra water to thin glaze
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, guar gum, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and ginger in a large bowl. Blend well to mix ingredients.
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, oil, applesauce, extracts, and zest.
Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir well.
Grease donut pans (even nonstick). Fill each donut cup approximately 3/4 full. Bake 10-11 minutes at 350 degrees, until springy but firm to the touch. Allow donuts to cool slightly before removing from pan and onto a cooling rack.
Whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Add 2-3 tablespoons water to thin glaze to your liking. To coat, dip donuts in lemon glaze or drizzle over top. Place back on cooling rack to drip dry.