Try orange and poppy seed mini donuts instead of the usual lemon poppy seed muffins! Best of all, these mini donuts bake up in less than 10 minutes!
Whenever anyone in the family has a cold, my dad goes to Super King Market and buys pounds and pounds orange. Last week, he bought 10 pounds of oranges!
No one needs that much fresh squeezed orange juice to feel better. But that’s the thing with my dad, he always provides more than one could ever need.
Now that everyone is over their cold… what’s to happen with all the excess oranges?
Orange Poppy Seed Baked Donuts
These orange poppy seed donuts turned out better than I imagined. Poppy seeds are usually paired with lemons. But, any citrus works wonderfully with poppy seeds.
New to baked donuts?
Baked donuts are a nice lighter alternative to the traditional fried donuts. I am well aware that original fried donuts are far more superior in taste and texture.
But, if you’re afraid to work with a giant pot of hot oil, baked donuts are the way to go!
Recommended Donut Pans
Use these full size non-stick donut pans for these recipes:
Orange and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter room temp
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg lightly whisked
- finely grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 ½ Tbsp poppy seeds
- ½ cup whole milk room temp
- 1 ½ cup confectioners' sugar
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- pinch kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. Lightly grease mini donut pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and mix until incorporated. Mix in orange zest and poppy seeds.
- Add ⅓ of flour mixture. Fold to combine. Add ½ of milk. Mix. Repeat and end with last ⅓ of flour mixture. Mix until just combined and there are no longer any dry streaks of flour. Transfer batter to prepared piping bag.
- Pipe batter into prepared donut pan, filling mold a little over half full. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool in pan for 2 minutes, then unmold. Cool donuts on wire rack before dipping in orange glaze.
- Whisk together confectioners sugar, orange juice, and salt until smooth. Dip cooled donuts into glaze. Place on wire rack to set glaze.