Floral Lemon Donuts

w/ Nielson-Massey


Floral Lemon Donuts

Photos and recipe by @crumbcoatconfections & in partnership with Nielsen Massey

Growing up as a military child meant I only got to see my Gram once a year, but every summer without fail, we would get to her house and hurry through the door to get to her big ceramic cookie jar that sat atop the counter and was always full of chocolate chip cookies.  My Gram had 7 children and learned to bake in order to make feeding her family of 9 affordable.  She used to buy a 50-pound bag of flour and a 50-pound bag of sugar every payday and made bread, pies, cakes, cookies, well, just about everything for her family.  My Gram always baked from scratch, even into her 90s, and this is what sparked my love of all things handmade.  My Gram was an early widow and couldn’t afford much in the way of gifts and such, so baking was what she lovingly did for her extended family long after her children had families of their own. While she didn’t have much, she DID always use real, simple ingredients, and I can only hope she is proud of the way I have continued to carry on that legacy of baking from scratch with only the best straightforward ingredients. 

When my taste tester tasted these lemon donuts, he said, “These would be perfect for summer; they are light and lemony.”  That is exactly what I was going for in these Vanilla Lemon Donuts made with Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure  Vanilla Extract and Pure Lemon Extract.  I was so excited to work with them, knowing they are family owned and only produce the absolute best premium Pure Vanilla Extracts.  During this uncertain time, they have started offering videos to help you master some basic baking skills at BetterYourBake.com.  They asked me to give their “How to Make Buttercream Flowers” tip a try, and my delicious lemon donuts were the proud owners of beautiful little roses made using the techniques shared in their video

When the quarantine began over a month ago, my baking schedule went from 5 days a week to 7 days a week. Does that sound weird?  Baking during this time has kept me focused and present in the moment, it doesn’t allow me to focus on the uncertainty, it keeps me centered.  I love getting lost in hours of piping flowers, flowers are happy, and it makes me happy to create them. 
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