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Lemon Old Fashioned Donuts

Let’s call this my last hurrah. And I’m telling you, these Lemon Old Fashioned Donuts were sooooo good. On March 1st, I’m going to take on a Whole 15. It’s really just a 15 days of eating the Whole 30 plan.

Lemon Old Fashioned Donuts

As you know, I finished a Whole 30 in January and I’ve been trying to eat healthy all February, but it’s easy to make a yummy treat and then want to enjoy it with the rest of the family. So, to give myself a little reset, I’m taking on a 15 days of clean eating. If you’d never tried to tackle a Whole 30, this might be a great place for you to start. I’ll be sharing my experience and recipes here and on Instagram stories. So, if you’d like to join me, I think it could be nice to have some moral support and accountability.

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But, until Wednesday is here, let’s just talk about these yummy homemade donuts. Really, there is nothing better then a fresh donut. They are always best still warm and a little crunchy on the outside. Our lemon tree is still going strong, so we are making lemonade everyday and baking and cooking with them A LOT!

Lemon Old Fashioned Donuts

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying

With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, eggs, lemon juice , lemon zest, milk and vanilla well.  In another bowl, whisk together the flour salt and baking powder to remove any lumps. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar and egg mixture. Mix on low until the dough comes together. This will be a very wet, sticky dough. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick on a well floured surface.

Lemon Old Fashioned Donuts

Place the cut donuts into oil that is heated to 190 C. I used a candy thermometer to help me keep the heat regulated. Fry the donuts about 2 minutes on each side, or just until they are a nice dark golden brown. Place the fried donuts on paper towel lined cooling racks. While the donuts are still warm, dip them in the lemon glaze and place on another cooling rack to drip. Garnish each donut with a little fresh lemon zest.  Lemon Old Fashioned Donuts      Lemon glaze

  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

With a whisk, mix until there are no lumps and the glaze is a nice smooth, thick consistency. Add more powdered sugar if the glaze is too thin. Lemon Old Fashioned DonutsLemon Old Fashioned Donuts

I hope your Monday is off to a great start! And here’s to eat well, even if there are a few treats along the way. (wink, wink)

Lemon Old Fashioned Homemade Donuts

One thought on “Lemon Old Fashioned Donuts

  1. Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

    Jeran, these look fantastic!!! I feel like I can almost smell the lemon zest from here. And your photos are just beautiful. I’ve tried clean eating but I have IBD and my tummy doesn’t like to play along with lots of grains and veggies. Which is a drag because I love healthy food!


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