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Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts

By Bakingexplorer
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
I had the idea for these Easter Nest donuts a couple of months ago, and I've patiently waited (something I'm not very good at!) until an appropriate time to make them. Easter eggs are in the shops, Mother's Day and St Patrick's Day are behind us, so it's definitely ok to start baking for Easter in my eyes! These fresh lemon baked donuts are the perfect way to welcome spring with their light pastel colours and even lighter baked texture. Baked donuts are much different to the deep fried kind, their texture is similar to a light cake or I find them quite similar to Madelines too. I've topped them with toasted coconut which gives a satisfying crunch against the soft donut base when you bite into it. And you can't beat some cheeky chocolate eggs in the middle too!
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
I've made a few differeny flavours of Baked Donuts before (Pumpkin, Chocolate & Vanilla) so I used the same basic recipe. I started with 225g plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt and 175g caster sugar in a bowl.
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
In a separate bowl I mixed together 175ml milk, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract and the zest of 2 lemons.
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
I poured the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisked until combined and smooth.
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
I greased my Wilton donut pan with butter.
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
I filled each hole with about 3 tbsp of batter and I baked on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 10-12 minutes. I pressed the donuts quickly with my finger and if they sprang back I knew they were done.
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
I gently prised the donuts out of the pan using a spoon and let them cool.
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
I made an icing using 200g icing sugar and the juice of 1 and a half lemons. I wanted the icing to be fairly thick so I added the juice slowly. I spread the icing on top of the donut with a palette knife, then sprinkled the toasted coconut on top and left them to set. I got the toasted coconut from Holland & Barrett. Once they were set I placed three mini eggs in the middle.
Lemon 'Easter Nest' Baked Donuts
Everyone commented on how cute they looked and how the citrus flavor was delicious! They are best eaten straight away as the coconut can lose it's crunch, but they still taste good the next day. The lemon flavor is so fresh and zingy, especially the icing, it goes perfectly with the coconut. The perfect way to welcome in Easter!

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