Blueberry & lemon baked doughnuts

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Berries are without a doubt one of my favourite things about this time of year – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries… whatever the berry, I’m all over it! Luckily for a berry-beast like me they’re also super affordable at this time of year – so much so that our veggie drawer is absolutely packed with punnets of them at this very moment.

While berries are great as a grab-and-go snack, they’re equally as wonderful incorporated into your favourite baking – and when you use them in homemade doughnuts? Well that’s pretty much as good as it gets.

That’s where these blueberry and lemon baked doughnuts come in – they are absolutely delicious. Seriously, it took all my willpower not to eat every single one! The combination of tangy lemon with delicious bursts of sweet blueberries is a match made in heaven – and one that’s super easy to pull together at this time of year.

One of the best things about baked doughnuts is how quick and easy they are to make – you’ll have a big batch of doughnuts baked and iced in less than 30 minutes! Not bad huh? As an added bonus, they’re only in the oven for 10 minutes of that time, so you don’t need to have your oven on too long at this muggy time of year. Phew.

The finished doughnuts are an absolute dream – think soft, fluffy doughnuts with just a hint of lemon coming through, dotted with bursts of brilliant blueberry flavour as you work your way around. The lemon glaze tops them off beautifully, bringing a real punch of zesty lemon into the mix. I seriously can’t rave about them enough.

Enjoy!

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Makes 12 doughnuts

Ingredients

Doughnuts

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 40g butter, melted
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup blueberries

Lemon glaze

  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice

Method

Doughnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius and grease a 6-hole doughnut pan.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, add lemon juice to melted butter and stir lightly. Add eggs and milk, then whisk until well combined.
  4. Add butter mixture to dry ingredients and beat until just combined – the mixture should be thick and smooth. Add blueberries and gently fold through the batter until evenly spread.
  5. Scoop half batter into a piping bag or large snaplock bag. Cut the end and pipe into prepared doughnut pan.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just beginning to go golden at the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly in the pan.
  7. While cooling, carefully run a sharp knife around the edge of the doughnuts to prevent burst blueberries from sticking.
  8. Remove from doughnut pan and place on wire rack to cool completely. Rinse pan and repeat with remaining batter.

Lemon glaze

  1. Once cool, combine icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl, mixing until well combined and smooth.
  2. Dip each doughnut in the lemon glaze. Allow excess glaze to drip off before flipping over and placing on a wire rack to set.

Note: These doughnuts are best enjoyed the same day they are baked. They may become sticky when stored overnight, particularly in humid weather. Even if this happens, they still taste delicious!

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  • Julia

    These look so yummy, I dont have a doughtnut pan would they work piped on a tray or maybe a mini muffin pan?

    • Kirsten

      Hi Julia, unfortunately the batter isn’t thick enough to hold its shape without a doughnut pan so piping it onto a tray wouldn’t work. You’d certainly be able to bake them in a mini muffin pan, but again, you wouldn’t get the doughnut shape (they’d be delicious though!). I’d definitely recommend picking up a doughnut pan – there are so many wonderful variations you can make and they’re so quick to prepare. This one is similar to the one I have :) I hope this helps!

  • Freda

    Beautiful

  • http://rubyfearless.com christine stucki

    THESE LOOK AMAZING!!! Good work.