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Baked Lemon Doughnuts with Matcha Glaze

Baked lemon doughnuts with matcha glaze

It’s finally spring, and nothing makes me think of spring quite like lemon. I love lemon, it’s one of my favourite flavours. Lemonade, lemon meringue pie, lemon poppyseed loaf, lemon curd, lemon prawns… mmmm, I’m drooling just thinking about it. I love to cook and bake on that fine line straddling sweet and sour. So now that spring is finally here, my mind has been drifting from the hearty flavours of autumn and winter to the fresh, clean flavours of spring and summer. And what better way to kick it all off than with a delicious baked treat?

Baked lemon doughnuts with matcha glaze

These doughnut pans found their way into my cart at HomeSense last week, and I can honestly say that they are going to be one of the most dangerous additions to my kitchen stash. I had only had the pan 24 hours and I had several recipes pinned for doughnuts of all types and flavours, from chocolate fudge to funfetti, so making the choice on what ones to bake was hard. The bag of lemons in my pantry made it an easy choice, and I decided to pair it with a bright and fresh glaze made with matcha powder. To say that these doughnuts were a hit would be an understatement – they are definitely not a true yeasted doughnut, but they are light and cakey and just right. I thought my kids would balk at the matcha glaze, but even they devoured them in record time, and were begging for more. I think this doughnut pan is going to get a lot of use!

Baked lemon doughnuts with matcha glaze

Baked Lemon Doughnuts
(adapted from Prevention RD)

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 lemon, zest & juiced
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp butter, melted

Grease doughnut pan(s). Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Whisk together buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, honey, egg and melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Be careful not to over-mix!

Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling about 2/3 full. Bake for 10 minutes, until the doughnut springs back when gently pressed and the edges begin to brown.

Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack and cool completely. Dip in Matcha glaze {recipe below}.

Yield: 10 doughnuts.

Matcha Glaze

1 cup icing sugar
3/4 tsp matcha powder
1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp milk

Sift icing sugar and matcha powder. Add just enough milk to make a smooth glaze. Dip doughnuts, or drizzle over top.

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Last Minute Valentine Treat

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I’m a procrastinator. And as I mentioned in my previous post, Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that just sneaks up on me. I’m never ready for it, so everything I do is pretty much whipped together once I realize that February 14th is less than a week away. Some year I will be more organized, but 2013 is not going to be that year, at least not for Valentine’s Day. {On the other hand, I have already started gathering ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!} Thankfully, my kids are easily impressed, so making them feel special doesn’t require a whole pile of planning on my part.

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I first made this candy popcorn a couple years ago, when Eliza was in preschool and we were able to send treats for her classmates. This was yet another project that came at the last minute {the night before, if I recall correctly!}, so I promise you that you can make it in minutes, and everyone will be impressed. You can fancy it up easily, too – nuts, sprinkles, M&Ms, cinnamon hearts would all go very nicely into the recipe. I did not have any of those lovely additions on hand yesterday when I found the requisite colours of candy melts in my pantry, otherwise I would have added them. In fact, I thought I had red, pink & white heart sprinkles, but apparently my 5 year old has been requesting them on her ice cream as of late, and the bottle was all but empty. So much for that idea. Maybe next year, if I remember in time to buy them!

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Super Easy Candy-Coated Popcorn

Popped popcorn
Candy melts (~1oz per heaping cup of popped popcorn)
Salt

Place your popcorn in a large bowl. In a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water, melt candy melts. {Tip: if you are doing white, pink and red, start with the white, then pink, then red last and you won’t have to wash your double boiler between batches!}

Drizzle candy melts over popcorn, and gently stir with a spatula to coat. Sprinkle a little salt as you stir if you like your popcorn salty & sweet.

Spread popcorn on a parchment-covered baking pan, and let sit for an hour or so, until candy coating has set. Break apart gently with your hands, since the pieces will have stuck together.

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