Oven Baked Lemon & Blueberry Donuts

Soft and fruity baked donuts with a hint of lemon

Oh donuts.. Why are you so tasty? Why do you make me eat you? ​Anyone else here have a problem with desserts calling for them? I would certainly hope that I am not the only one with this problem :) But to be honest, when it comes to these donuts, I am not going to even complain about it, they are just too good for that.

I must admit I have never made a traditional deep fried yeast donut.. I have this fear of heating that big amount of oil in a pot since I was in elementary school. We used to have this fire safety day, there would be a fireman demostrating an accident in the kitchen with a big pot full of oil for donuts and setting it on fire. Of course this was for our safety, as he would then show how to put that fire off and would give tips on what to do and what not to. But somehow that has been imprinted somewhere in my head and I just cannot get over it.. So for now I will just stick to these safer and also healthier oven baked donuts :)

A really important factor for making good oven baked donuts is the donut tray/pan/form. The one I use is Wilton´s Donut Pan* and I have now been using it for over 2 years and just recently bough myself a second one. I am really happy with it and the result is always great. In the video you can see the pan and how the donuts come perfectly out of it after baking. Another tip I would like to give in order to achieve a perfect form for the donuts, is to use a piping bag* when portioning the donut batter. Since the batter is very soft this way you avoid making a mess and ensure perfect form for the donuts. 

If you like things simple, you can leave the decoration out and just enjoy your donuts as they are, right out of the oven. I must admit I loved the pattern that came from blueberries and I almost changed my mind about the decoration. But I wanted to show you an option in case you want to make them all pretty. I am using candy/deco melts for this recipe, because I find that regular white chocolate gives a more watery look and also you need to cover the donuts several times in order to get a good result. I have lately tried several brands and I must say I am really impressed by the quality of the Deco Melts by FunCakes*, you don´t need to add any vegetable oil to perfect the consistency as they are good to go as they are and also they don´t harden as fast as some other brands that I use. I usually don´t like recommending a product I have used only a few times, but in this case I was really blown away by the contrast to other brands I have used, that I thought I really need to let you know :)

I hope you will enjoy these soft and fruity donuts with a hint of lemon! If you try this recipe please let me know what you think about it in the comments :)

Happy Baking lovelies!

*The product links on this page are Amazon-Partner links with my partner code. This means I might earn money from your purchase. This will not however, affect the price you pay.

Step by Step Video

RECIPE

Baked Blueberry and Lemon Donuts

Soft and fruity baked donuts with a hint of lemon

​INGREDIENTS

  • 250g flour

  • 2tsp baking powder

  • 150g sugar

  • pinch of salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 150ml kefir or buttermilk

  • 30g butter (melted)

  • zest of 1 lemon (organic)

  • about 70g of blueberries

  • 100-150g candy melts

  • dry blueberry powder

  • dry edible cornflower petals

  • white sugar pearls

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, sugar and a pinch of salt.

  2. In a separate bowl break the eggs and whisk them lightly with a fork. Add the melted and cooled butter and whisk again.

  3. Add the egg and butter mix into the dry ingredients along with the kefir. Then grate in the zest of one lemon.

  4. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, first folding in shortly and then mixing well so that there are no lumps in the batter.

  5. Butter two donut pans, transfer the batter into a piping bag for a less messy result, and pipe the batter into the donut pan 2/3 full. Then add about 5 blueberries per each donut and press the blueberries into the batter, and if needed also cover with batter on top. (See video)

  6. Bake the donuts in 220°C in the middle shelf of the oven for about 15 minutes or until the donuts start to get golden from the top. You can also check if the donuts are baked through by pressing them with your finger and if they bounce back, then they are done. (See video)

  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Then remove the donuts from the donut pan and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

  8. Prepare all the elements for the decoration so that you have them on hand. Once you start covering the donuts with candy melts you want to be fairly quick with the decoration so that the candy melt coating doesn´t dry. I suggest to decorate in batches, six donuts first and then the rest.

  9. Melt the candy melts in a small heatproof bowl in a microwave as instructed on the package. Once melted allow them to cool just slightly, for about a minute, and then start dipping the donuts into the candy melts. (See video)

  10. Decorate with dry blueberry powder, cornflower petals and sugar pearls while the candy melt coating is still wet.

 

TIP. If your candy melts start to harden at any point, you can always re-heat them. Just make sure to heat them in short intervals of 15 seconds.

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