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Lemon Poppyseed Donut Recipe

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This Lemon Poppyseed Donut Recipe will become a favorite for your family!

Lemon Poppyseed Donut Recipe

At some point I just need to start a category on here that’s nothing but lemon recipes, right?! This Lemon Poppyseed Donut Recipe might just be the very thing to kick off the category!

There’s something about that tartness paired with the sweet glaze that gets me every time. I’ve drizzled it on coffee cake, on cookies, on bread and now on donuts!

It works Every.Single.Time.

Lemon Poppyseed Donut Recipe

Of course, I already have a category for breakfast and brunch recipes and this one will fit in perfectly. Brunch really is my favorite meal to host!

There are so many recipes that can be made ahead of time, and since I’m not a morning person, brunch let’s me sleep in just a little bit later!

A few years ago, one of my good friends got married. It was a Friday evening ceremony in a swanky downtown Philly club. Around 11 p.m., they rolled out a breakfast bar!!

What?! I kid you not, a Belgian waffle station, made to order omelets, pans of bacon and sausage, donuts and pastries! All right before midnight!

I was in heaven!! Forget stuffed chicken breasts and dry steak… I think we should start a petition that every wedding serves brunch food regardless of the time! Your guests will thank you!

Lemon Poppyseed Donut Recipe

Lemon Poppyseed Donut Recipe

These Lemon Poppyseed Donuts are perfect for dessert too!

  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • ½ Cup sour cream
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 Cups flour
  • ¼ Cup poppy seeds
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 2 Tsps baking powder
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • ¼ Tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tsps lemon zest
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 Tbsps butter
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsps milk
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • Lemon wedges (for garnish)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a donut baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl incorporate the wet ingredients: buttermilk, sour cream, lemon juice, eggs, and oil.
  3. In another bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, poppy seed, sugar, baking powder, salt, ginger, and lemon zest.
  4. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ones.
  5. Stir until getting an uniform batter and it becomes sticky.
  6. Fill the baking dish with the batter, up to the top.
  7. Transfer to the oven and cook for about 15 minutes or until golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  9. In a blender mix the butter, sugar, milk, and lemon juice.
  10. Pour the glaze over the donuts and garnish with the lemon wedges.
  11. Serve and enjoy.

If you’re all upset now because these donuts look amazing, but you don’t have the correct baking pan, no worries! You better believe I have an affiliate link to hook you up with exactly the correct pan!

I’ve been using this pan from Wilton for a few years now and love it! The donuts come out perfectly every time! You’ll be surprised how often you use it too! Much more than I expected when I bought it on a whim!

And in no time, you’ll be getting glorious, made from scratch donuts just like these!

Lemon Poppyseed Donut Recipe