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Lovely Lemon Filled Donuts Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

A lemon donut recipe that will be a hit.

Ingredients

For the doughnuts:
1 (1/4-oz) package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons warm water (105115F)
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for sprinkling and rolling out dough
1 cup whole milk at room temperature
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar + 3/4 cup to roll the finished doughnuts in
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
About 10 cups vegetable oil for deep frying
Powdered sugar for coating

For the lemon curd:
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons Meyer lemon zest
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Small pinch of kosher salt

Directions

The Donuts

Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl until yeast is dissolved. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If yeast doesnt foam, discard and start over with new yeast.)

Mix together flour, milk, butter, yolks, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and yeast mixture in mixer at low speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 3 minutes more.

Scrape dough into a ball in the center of the bowl, then sprinkle lightly with flour to keep a crust from forming. Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin to 1/2 inch thick. Cut out as many rounds as possible with a small round cookie cutter

Make them about 2 inches in diameter.

Transfer doughnuts to a lightly floured large baking sheet. Cover doughnuts with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes Do not re-roll scraps. If you don't want to waste them, just cook them as odd shaped pieces and coat with powdered sugar.

6Heat 2 1/2 inches oil in a deep 4-quart heavy pot until it registers 350F on thermometer.

Fry doughnuts, 3-4 at a time, turning occasionally with a wire or mesh skimmer or a slotted spoon, until puffed and golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 350F between batches.) Let cool.

Once the doughnuts are completely cool, fill them with the lemon curd.

Poke a hole on each end of the donut and use a piping tool to fill.When the doughnuts are filled, roll them liberally in powdered sugar, put a dollop of lemon curd on top of each donut.

For the Lemon Curd

Place the zest, juice, sugar, salt, and eggs in a metal bowl. Whisk away.

Add in the butter, clamp on an instant-read thermometer, and set the bowl over a tiny pot of simmering water. You must whisk the full time to prevent the egg from cooking up the edge of the bowl.

Keep cooking and stirring until its thick, and the thermometer reads 160F, 5-10 minutes. Place a fine-mesh sieve over another metal bowl and press the curd through it with a rubber spatula. Cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap, cool completely, and refrigerate until ready to use.

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