meyer lemon & poppy seed doughnuts

March 3, 2014

in Breakfast & Muffins

I whipped up these Meyer lemon and poppy seed doughnuts on Saturday afternoon for no real reason at all. Fortunately, no special occasion is needed for doughnuts, and sometimes it’s nice to bake simply for the joy of it.

Meyer Lemon & Poppy Seed Doughnuts | Tutti Dolci

These baked doughnuts are bursting with flavor from bright Meyer lemon zest and juice; poppy seeds add an appealing crunch. The combination of yeast and baking powder leads to incredibly light and airy doughnuts with a great rise. Here’s to guilt-free delights!

Meyer Lemon & Poppy Seed Doughnuts | Tutti Dolci

Meyer Lemon & Poppy Seed Doughnuts | Tutti Dolci

Meyer Lemon & Poppy Seed Doughnuts | Tutti Dolci

Meyer Lemon & Poppy Seed Doughnuts
2 tsp Red Star PLATINUM Yeast
2 Tbsp very warm water (120-130°F)
2 Tbsp Meyer lemon zest
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups cake flour*
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp Meyer lemon zest
3 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425°F and spray a standard doughnut pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together yeast and warm water in a small bowl; set aside. Place Meyer lemon zest and sugar in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute. Whisk together lemon-sugar, cake flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Combine buttermilk, eggs, butter, and yeast mixture in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and fill each doughnut cup 2/3 full. Bake 6 to 7 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. Turn doughnuts out on a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter, spraying pan with nonstick spray in between batches.

For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon zest, and juice in a small bowl. Set rack with doughnuts over a piece of wax paper. Dip doughnut tops into glaze and let set on rack. Doughnuts taste best the first day; if desired, store unglazed overnight in an airtight container at room temperature and glaze before serving.

*Make your own cake flour: place 2 tablespoons cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure, then top up with flour. Sift the mixture several times to evenly distribute the cornstarch.

Yield – 12 doughnuts
Calories – 210 (per doughnut)
Carbs – 40

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29 Comments

1 Tieghan March 3, 2014

One of my favorite things to do is bake with no post in mind. No post means no pressure, which is just better! LOL!
These look awesome, Laura!

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2 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 3, 2014

being a food blogger you are constantly thinking of next post, best recipes etc but its really refreshing not to think about it for once and just enjoy the process. I am so glad they turned out great and you shared it with us because I love the combination of meyer lemon and a poppy seed.

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3 Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 3, 2014

These doughnuts sure sound refreshing! Baking is a delight all on its own!

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4 Claire @ Claire K Creations March 3, 2014

Well now you’ve just reminded me I want a doughnut tin for my birthday. These look wonderful! I’m going to save the recipe for when my lemon tree fruits again.

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5 Lizzy (Good Things) March 3, 2014

I love it when I get the chance to bake for no reason! Delicious doughnuts, Laura! : )

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6 Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE March 3, 2014

Meyer lemons say no more! I have all these ingredients to make these! I’m a wee bit tempted :D Thanks for the recipe!

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7 Valerie March 3, 2014

These doughnuts conjure thoughts of springtime & warmth & happiness. :)

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8 cheri March 3, 2014

These look amazing, what a great combination!

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9 Maria@PinkPatisserie March 3, 2014

That is the best kind of baking in my mind, and these look like the best kind of doughnuts!

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10 Milk and Honey March 3, 2014

I love to bake with no purpose. I’m not sure that came out right, but I totally get what you mean. And anyway, who needs a reason to bake and eat doughnuts, especially when they are this good?

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11 Jaclyn March 3, 2014

How funny I was just going to post lemon poppy seed doughnuts but went with muffins instead :)! These look perfect! Beautiful photos, as always!

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12 Cassie | Bake Your Day March 3, 2014

I baked with Meyer lemons over the weekend. Love these Laura!

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13 Liz March 3, 2014

Mmmmm…yeast doughnuts are the best! And with Meyer lemon and poppy seeds? Sounds terrific!

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14 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 3, 2014

You truly are the meyer lemon queen! And I could definitely eat at least a dozen of these!

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15 Christina @ The Hungry Australian March 4, 2014

Boy, these look great, Laura. I love the combination of lemon and poppy seed.

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16 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction March 4, 2014

Can’t turn down meyer lemon baked goods! These look wonderful!

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17 cristina March 4, 2014

Love that these doughnuts are baked and fantastic with the meyer lemons! ;)

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18 Lan | morestomach March 4, 2014

indeed, a special occasion is not necessary to nosh on doughnuts!

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19 Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 4, 2014

I was looking for yeasted baked donuts just yesterday! These look great. :) And love that you’ve posted more lemon goodies. I’ll never get tired of them!

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20 Julie @ Table for Two March 4, 2014

Meyer lemon and poppy seed donuts need no occasion! Just my mouth :) haha

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21 Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures March 4, 2014

These look delicious! There is something about lemons that make me think of summer!

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22 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 4, 2014

Love this recipe for doughnuts, Laura! I agree…baking for no reason at all is the best reason to bake! :) Yes, yeast combined with baking powder works amazingly for light and fluffy sweet yeast doughs. It is my secret for making cinnamon roll dough. I love how you made these yeasted doughnuts with Meyer lemon and poppy seeds! Cannot wait to make these. Thanks for sharing! xo

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23 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 4, 2014

Mmmm I love meyer lemon baked doughnuts and this looks incredible!! Love spontaneous recipes that turns out so well :)

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24 Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday March 4, 2014

Your doughnuts look divine Laura! So summery too with the lemon and poppyseeds.

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25 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 5, 2014

These are the second baked donuts I’ve seen today. I’m seeing it as a sign that I need to bake! :P

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26 kristankristan@the-broken-bread March 5, 2014

So glad these turned out well because they look delicious! I love to bake just for the sake of it. I find the whole process quite relaxing. And nothing beats enjoying the spoils of your labor afterwards :)

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27 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} March 5, 2014

I love all of the things you do with meyer lemons! These would be a perfect Sunday morning treat with a piping hot cup of coffee!

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28 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 7, 2014

Meyer lemon on donuts!? YUM!! I like how you edited the last photo. CUTE! <3

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29 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar March 13, 2014

They look gorgeous! I prefer baking doughnuts instead of frying them (you’re rigjht: guilt-free delights!)
I’m curious: you fill the molds with a pastry bag, so the dough is quite liquid, that’s why you’re using cake flour, right? I mean, the texture is not like a brioche dough you have to knead and let rise…
Thanks for the recipe ;-)

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