Baked Citrus Doughnuts with Citrus-Thyme Glaze #CIC #doughnuts

This month’s ingredients are: Lemon and Thyme!

The creation of these doughnuts was a test of my patience and perseverance in the kitchen (and The Big Guy‘s willingness to go to the store… twice).

First Round – dough was actual dough, not batter. Way too thick. I baked one off just to make sure it wasn’t going to work… it was terrible.

This was the first test, because I used up the rest of my flour on the first batch and sending TBG out for more flour took for-ev-er. He went to pay a bill before hitting the store and the bill place was busy. Then he runs into an old friend who works at the grocery store we frequent, so they talked for a bit. After, he ran into one of our good friends and they talked for a bit.

I was still hanging out in the kitchen, trying to get things ready for the next attempt, waiting… patiently.

Round Two: Figured out part of what went wrong, so I rearranged some ingredients and tried again, Less thick but still too doughy. I baked one off as a test and while it was okay, it wasn’t what I was looking for. The taste profile was spot on though, so I knew I was headed in the right direction.

This time I was out of baking soda, vanilla, and butter. Ugh! TBG went back to the store (because he’s awesome and it’s one of the many reasons I love him). 

I’m sharing Round Three with you. These are amazing. They have a really tangy citrus taste with a pleasantly earthy after taste. Perfect for Spring!

The Goldilocks Tale of Three Doughnuts… ha!

Baked Citrus Doughnuts with Citrus-Thyme Glaze


For doughnuts

  • 2 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp  ground ginger
  • ¼ cup butter, melted 
  • ¼ cup canola oil 
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • Zest of one lemon and one lime (or less, to taste) 
  • Zest of 1 orange, for garnish

Preheat oven to 425° F. Lightly grease two regular-sized doughnut pans. 

  1. Put dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla, milk, and lemon/lime zest. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet a little at a time while whisking.
  5. Pipe or spoon batter into doughnut pans and bake for 10 minutes. The doughnuts are ready to remove from the oven when a toothpick inserted into them comes out clean.  
  6. Let cool in pan up to 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack. 
  7. When completely cool, dip into glaze. Garnish with orange zest while glaze is still wet. 
For Glaze
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  •  cup thyme simple syrup (see recipe below) 
  • 1+ cup powdered sugar
  1. Over fine mesh sieve, juice lemon and lime into a bowl. 
  2. Add simple syrup. 
  3. Whisk in powdered sugar until it forms a smooth, creamy glaze. 
  4. If your glaze is soupy, add more powdered sugar, a little at a time, until consistency is more like cinnamon roll icing.

Thyme Simple Syrup

  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • ½ cup water
  1. Combine thyme, sugar and water in saucepan. 
  2. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. 
  3. Strain out thyme sprigs before using.





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