Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? Growing up, I had an uncle who brought us a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts every Sunday morning. My dad and I would proceed to pop a couple of them in the toaster oven, give them a toast, then slather them with butter and dip each fresh bite into the butter swimming on the plate. No wonder I couldn’t sit still in Sunday School!
These days I make all our doughnuts. They are truly so easy, if you bake them, and I love that if my family and I are going to eat doughnuts, we can at least eat ones that are healthier than the commercial versions. Now, when I say it’s easy if you bake them, it’s only easy if you have the right pan, and the doughnuts will actually come out of the pan without tearing or falling apart. As I’ve mentioned, I’m slightly obsessed with finding the very best kitchen products and appliances. A few years ago, I was on the prowl for a new muffin pan. I went to a kitchen store and saw a brand of bakeware called USA Pans. Why the name? Well, guess where they’re made? That’s right – Shanghai. No, just kidding. They’re made in the USA, which I love. I asked the sales lady about them, and she said, “Oh I LOVE those pans. Nothing sticks to them.” Since I avoid Teflon-coated or any deemed-unsafe nonstick coating, I decided I better research nonstick silicone coating, which is what USA Pans have to make them nonstick. I did enough research to satisfy myself that they were safe, so I bought a muffin pan. OH.MY.GOODNESS. Can a pan change your life? Well, ask my husband. When he first saw how pristinely clean the USA muffin pan was after cooking egg omelet muffins in them, he immediately ordered me to go buy more of their pans. Ordered, I say. Why? Because he was sick and tired of scrubbing my Williams-Sonoma muffin pans for 30 minutes AFTER he’d already let them soak for ridiculous amounts of time. Let’s just say the USA pans can put more life in your years because you can spend less time on your dishes. My husband also said that for the rest of our lives we will give USA Pans as wedding gifts in order to spare the groom dishpan hands. What’s that? Most husbands don’t wash dishes? REALLY?! I thought that was part of the groom’s marriage vows. OK, well if your husband doesn’t wash dishes, you’ll have to consult a different web site for help with that. : ) I’m just sayin’ that if you have USA pans, you’ll never have to say, “’Till dishes do us part.” And of course I HAD to follow through with my husband’s direct order to buy more USA pans, so I immediately went and bought their doughnut pans, and then the loaf pans. In love! I proceeded to immediately start gushing to a friend about these pans. She went and bought herself some, and loved them so much she bought the whole collection and also bought some for her daughter-in-law. No, I am not a spokesperson for USA Pans, but I should be and could be. (USA Pans, if you’re listening, I’m open to negotiations). Hardly a dishwashing episode goes by that my husband doesn’t comment on what a joy it is to “wash” the USA Pans, meaning they barely need more than a rinsing. He always says, “Man, those pans are worth every penny.” They’re really not expensive at all, so get yourself some of these pans!
Now, on to the doughnuts. My family loves anything lemon, and these doughnuts are absolutely bursting with lemon flavor. That’s the first thing that came out of my daughter’s mouth when she tasted these: “Man, these are just BURSTING with lemon flavor!” Our family never misses The Great British Baking Show on PBS, and one of the most frequent critiques the contestants get from the judges is, (cue British accent) “I’m nawt gettin’ the flavuh you wuh goin’ foh.” The glaze is full of lemon flavor, too, and gives the doughnuts a beautiful shine. I can promise if you make these, you’ll never hear anyone say, “I’m not getting the lemon flavor!”
- 2¼ cups einkorn flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
- ⅔ cup milk (I used cashew milk)
- ⅔ cup maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- zest of one lemon
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp. lemon extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil wells of two doughnut pans. Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl or measuring cup, and whisk to combine. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and stir until just combined. Spoon batter into doughnut pans. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Allow doughnuts to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan to a cooling rack and allow doughnuts to cool another 5 minutes. Dip doughnuts into coconut lemon glaze. (Recipe follows)
Coconut Lemon Glaze
2/3 cup coconut cream concentrate (also called coconut manna)
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
zest of one small lemon
1 Tbsp. plus 1 ½ tsp. lemon juice
¼ tsp lemon extract
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. water
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk occasionally until coconut cream concentrate is just melted and ingredients are combined. Immediately dip slightly cooled doughnuts into the glaze, covering the tops. Place on a cooling rack for glaze to set.