Fall is coming. And I don’t know about you, but are few things I love more than curling up with a book and a cup of Earl Grey tea (with lemon) on those first chilly days of the season. Well, that is, there was nothing better until I discovered Earl Grey & Lemon Donuts.
What is better than donuts? World peace, maybe? Probably nothing in actual existence, however. And, Dana’s Earl Grey & Lemon Donuts just about beat all. The embody Autumn. Just imagine curling up with a book, a steaming cup of coffee, and a freaking Earl Grey & Lemon Donut. Boom! It’s like a rain dance for sweater weather.
It is my not-so-secret desire to become a snowbird so that I might exist in a perpetual state of cardigans and tights. This Earl Grey & Lemon Donut allows me to to transcend the too-hot and too-cold. Through them, I can create an Eternal Autumn in my mind.
And, these donuts are not nearly as difficult to make as you might think. The majority of the prep time comes from waiting for the milk-infusion to cool. After that, you’re pretty much home free. Dana also reminded us to be cautious when it comes time to make your Lemon Icing. The powdered sugar absorbs liquid quickly so you’ll want to add it slowly.
Additionally, a microplaner will make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to zesting lemons, if you don’t already have one. We suggest this one – Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater– but the choice is yours! Also, you’ll need some Agar Powder. We recommend this one – Telephone Brand Agar- Agar Powder 0.88 Oz. (pack of 6).. Agar is made from algae and provides a vegan alternative to gelatin so it’s good to have on hand.
Hopefully, I’m not spilling any trade secrets but Dana also applies this Earl Grey & Lemon flavor combination to cupcakes which are oh-so-amazing. Maybe we can coerce her into sharing that recipe a little bit up the road. But I ask you, once again, what is better than a donut?
Pair these Earl Grey & Lemon Donuts with a damn fine cup of coffee and start your day off right. Or, if you want to get self-referential with it, pair them with some Earl Grey tea. As long as a donut’s involved, you win. And, as ever, these Earl Grey & Lemon Donuts are baked and VEGAN so that negates the donut part, right? I hereby declare these donuts a health food! Besides, good for your soul is good all around.
- 2 2/3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup of Earl Grey-infused milk (ingredients included above & instructions included below)
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 TBSP applesauce
- 1 1/2 cups milk (I used coconut, soy, almond or any other could be used, too)
- 2-3 bags of Earl Grey tea, cut open
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
- Juice of 1 1/2 - 2 lemons
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tsp agar powder*
- To make the Earl Grey-infused milk, pour milk into a medium sized pot. Cut open tea bags and empty contents into the milk.
- Heat over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove tea 'grounds'. Allow milk to cool to room temperature or refrigerate for a bit to cool. Can take up to an hour so be prepared.
- In a small-ish bowl, combine Earl Grey infused milk, oil, acv and applesauce. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Mix with a whisk or a fork to be sure there are no lumps and everything is well incorporated.
- Add lemon zest to flour mixture and give another quick stir.
- Make a well in the center and add milk mixture. Using a spatula, stir to combine. Be sure there are no lumps and everything is well mixed while being careful not to OVERmix.
- Spray a donut pan with the non-stick spray of your choice. Pipe or spoon batter into prepared pan.
- Bake 8-10 minutes - Cool on a rack
- To make the Lemon Icing, combine powdered sugar, lemon zest, and agar powder in a large bowl while the donuts are cooling.
- Give it a quick stir to combine all ingredients.
- Add half of the lemon juice and combine with a fork. Powdered sugar absorbs liquid easily,so be careful not to add too much at once. Add remaining liquid a little bit at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Icing should be thick, but not like a paste. It is not necessary to use all of the lemon juice, adding too much will give you a runny glaze (which could also be delicious).
- The agar powder will give help set the icing and keep it from 'sweating'.
- Once donuts are cooled, dip the top into the icing to coat. I usually place some parchment paper under the cooling rack to catch any icing that drips off... easy clean-up!