Lemon Cranberry Blast Baked Donuts

The combination of lemons and cranberries is one that I just can’t resist.  Sure they are both tart but combining the two in a sugar sprinkled baked donut is just a flavour overload.  These donuts are baked too, so you may not feel so guilty if you have one…or two.  They are a cake donut so sure, you don’t have the richness you do from a fried donut but the flavours will provide the decadence you would get from a ‘regular’ donut.

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Spray donut pan with olive oil or canola spray or use vegan butter or margarine to grease the pan.

Get a large bowl and put the dry ingredients in there together.
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour and it worked wonderfully.  I haven’t tried the gluten free version yet, but I would try the same amount of brown rice flour and then a teaspoon of Xantham gum)
1/2 cup golden brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch of cinnamon

In a microwave safe bowl or a small sauce pan, combine the wet ingredients.

1/2 cup soy or almond milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 flax egg or 2 tbsp of plain apple sauce
¼ cup vegan margarine

Mix them thoroughly and then heat just until the vegan butter or margarine melts.  Do not over heat, just warm it no hotter than medium heat if on a stove top.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl and mix.  The batter will be quite wet.

Once the batter is mixed, pour in 1/2 cup of dried or fresh, chopped cranberries.

Take a piping bag or a sealable sandwich bag and fill with batter.  Cut the corner and pipe into donut pan.  I find that if I jiggle the pan a bit so let the batter settle, I get some nice smooth donuts coming out of the oven.

Bake about 10-12 minutes.  Check by using finger to push donut.  It should spring right back when it is done.  When the donuts are still hot, sprinkle with white granulated sugar.  Now of course you can let them cool, take them out of the pan and then ice or glaze them if you so desire.  A nice glaze I have used is just 1 part icing sugar to about 2 parts lemon juice.  Mix and drizzle over the donuts.

This time I used the sugar to sprinkle over them and they were amazing!  Lemony with a zingy blast of cranberry.  Delicious with coffee or tea…or by themselves!

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