The tender texture and light lemon flavor of these irresistible gems make them a hit at breakfasts and brunches—or even as snacks.—Lee Elrod, Newnan, Georgia
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, buttermilk, butter, lemon peel and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
- For glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over doughnut holes. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon-Poppy Seed Doughnut Holes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p156
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