• Fri, Mar 21 2008

Lemon Filled Doughnuts Wake Up Easter Breakfast

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Since the flood on Tuesday we have had the nicest weather imaginable. It has been sunny, warm, and even the mud has about disappeared. The water brought the grass forth from the earth, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Everywhere I look I see redbud trees, wild plum, iris, tulips, and other harbingers of warmer weather.

Our hens are determined to sit on their eggs, even though we are not ready for them to begin that yet…The first set of goat kids is here, with the next batch due any day. Spring.

Lemon filled donuts have always been a favorite of mine, topped only by the most magical donut of them all- Bavarian Cream. And there is something about the sunny yellow lemon that always seems very spring-like to me.

These cake donuts are easy to make, taking less than 45 minutes from start to finish. You can top them with a simple confectioner’s glaze, or choose to simply roll them in sugar as I have done. Either way they are a great way to start Easter, with a cup of coffee. You can make them the night before if you wish, and warm them slightly in the microwave to freshen them.

Of course you don’t have to just have them at Easter…Any day will be a bit more special when you start with one of these! If you can east just one….Bet ya can’t, unless it is the only one left.

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Lemon Curd Filled Donuts

Old Fashioned Filled Doughnuts

2 eggs

1 c sugar

1 c half and half

4 c flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbs melted butter

Heat oil in deep fryer to 370

Blend dry ingredients, except sugar, in a bowl.

Mix eggs, half and half, extracts, butter and sugar until it forms a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured counter. Roll out about 1/4 inch thick and cut into rounds. Make a depression in the rounds with your thumb and put a tsp of lemon curd in the depressions of half the rounds. Wet edges with a little egg and press one unfilled round on the top of each filled round, pinching the edges securely closed, or crimping with a fork.

Fry at 370 until golden turning once. Drain and sugar.

Lemon Curd

1 1/2 c sugar
4 egg yolks
1 c lemon juice
2 TBS lemon zest

3/4 c unsalted butter

In a microwave safe bowl whisk egg yolks, sugar, juice, and zest if using it, until smooth. Microwave in one minute intervals until mixture is thick and coats back of metal spoon. Remove from microwave and add butter, a little at a time, wisking smooth after each addition. Store for up to 3 weeks.

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  • http://a2eatwrite.blogspot.com jen of a2eatwrite

    Oh… these look TOO divine! I love lemon-filled anything. And I agree about the Bavarian cream. In fact, I’m in the revisions of a novel where the heroine waxes over-the-top rhapsodic about a home made bavarian-Boston creme donut.

  • Marye

    LOL Jen! That is hystrerical.

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  • http://www.allthatblooms.net Tiffany

    Those sound so delicious! I am definitely giving these a try! I love lemon-flavored things.. especially in the spring :)

  • Marye

    Tiffany..I do too!

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