Goodmorning, friends! Spring has finally sprung. For the past few weeks, I've been chanting in my head, "Bring on Spring! Bring on Spring!" I enjoy cold weather and winter until December 25th and after that, I'm done. No more cold. Brightly colored flowers, sunshine, and warm weather would be juuuust lovely.
Yesterday was probably the most perfect of sunshiny days here in Georgia as we gladly welcomed the first day of spring. It was 75 degrees and feeling fine. And the one thing that came to my mind...lemonade! Yesterday was also our last day of the food month of Seven (update coming to you soon about this!), so I couldn't grab a freshly squeezed lemonade from Chickfila. But I knew this morning that I could quickly whip up some delicious Lemonade donuts to curb that sweet, lemony craving. And I enjoyed every bite.
As you know, I'm a huuge donut fan. Huge. and I really like the fact that these donuts are baked, instead of fried so that you can enjoy two or three without too much guilt. ;)
I knew I wanted to incorporate lemon curd into these donuts because its tangy harmony of delicious sweetness just makes my tastebuds want to dance. I remember having lemon curd for the first time at my friend Halley's house in highschool when her mom had a mini tea party for us one morning. She had made warm, homemade scones and there was lemon curd to our hearts' delight!
At first, I really did not want anything to do with the word "curd." To me, it sounds gross in all ways. But Halley urged me to try it. And it was actually wonderful in all ways. (thanks Halley and Mrs. Barba!) I really don't think this delicious lemon jam's name does well for it. But let me tell you...just look past the name "lemon curd" and you have yourself a winner. I purchased my jar of lemon curd at Trader Joe's for a great deal. $2.99! After searching many other markets and stores, this has been the best deal I could find so far. You can't beat it.
And I can't wait to smother what's left of my lemon curd on some whole wheat waffles, or yogurt, pancakes, ice-cream...the possibilities are endless.
But until then, I'm going to grab another donut and head off to classes! I hope your day is full of sunshine and spring!
Baked Lemonade Donuts with a Sweet and Tangy Lemon Curd Glaze
1 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup of greek yogurt
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of milk (I used almond milk)
zest of one lemon
1 tsp of lemon curd
Sweet and Tangy Lemon Curd glaze:
2 Tbs of lemon curd
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 Tbs milk
1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
2. Slowly add wet ingredients and stir with large spoon just until incorporated
3. Pour batter into donut pan and bake 12-15 minutes.
4. While donuts are baking, combine ingredients for the lemon curd glaze.
5. After donuts have baked, let cool for 15 minutes. Glaze donuts and enjoy!