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Lemon and Poppy Seeds Baked Donuts

Lemon and Poppy Seeds Baked Donuts

Photo: Natalie Levin

Tell you the truth? This recipe is somewhat a cheat. After all, the whole idea of ​​donuts is frying them – so baked donuts are definitely something a bit weird. Baked donuts are actually a kind of fancy way to make pound cake in a donut shape, and after baking you dip them in sugar glaze.

Actually the 2 things that are common for these baked donuts and regular donuts are the their shape and the sugar glaze. Either way, it’s a light, tasty and wonderful bake donuts recipe to have you’re your morning or afternoon coffee.

These lemon and poppy seeds baked donuts are so delicious that it was really hard for me to stop snacking them as soon as they came out of the oven. They are so easy to make, tender, moist and absolutely delicious!

Lemon and Poppy Seeds Baked Donuts

Photo: Natalie Levin

5 from 1 vote

Lemon and Poppy Seeds Baked Donuts

Servings 10 large donuts or 24 mini donuts
Author נטלי


For the donuts:

  • 1 large egg
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 120 ml. (1/2 cup) milk
  • 30 ml. (2 tbsp.) fresh lemon juice
  • 30 ml. (2 tbsp.) vegetable or coconut oil
  • 140 grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 25 grams (2 tbsp.) freshly ground poppy seeds

For the sugar glaze:

  • 150 grams sugar powder
  • 1-2 tsp. lemon juice

For decoration:

  • Zest of fresh lemon



  1. Preheat the oven to 170c degrees and grease the donut pan with soft butter.
  2. In a bowl, mix egg, sugar, salt, vanilla and lemon zest into a uniform mixture.
  3. Add milk, lemon juice and oil and mix until combined.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and poppy seeds and mix until you get a uniform batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and fill about 3/4 of their height.
  6. Bake the donuts for 15-20 minutes or until the donuts turn golden and set.
  7. Cool completely and remove from the pan. If necessary, slightly align the top so that they "sit" properly and straight.

Sugar glaze:

  1. In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and a little lemon juice until it becomes uniform and very thick in the texture.
  2. Gently dip the donuts in the coating and place on a serving dish.
  3. Allow the coating to set for about 1 hour at room temperature.
  4. Garnish with a little lemon zest and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • It is recommended to serve the donuts at room temperature.
  • Instead of lemon you can use orange or any other citrus fruit that you like in the same quantities to diversify flavors.
  • It is important to use a freshly ground poppy for optimal result.
  • Keep the donuts in a closed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Lemon and Poppy Seeds Baked Donuts

Photo: Natalie Levin

Lemon and Poppy Seeds Baked Donuts

Photo: Natalie Levin

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