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Orange Poppy Seed Baked Doughnuts

A recipe for Orange Poppy Seed Baked Doughnuts! These light, citrus-scented baked donuts are topped with a sweet orange glaze and even more poppy seeds for an easy and flavorful addition to brunch.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine N/A
Keyword baked doughnut, donut, doughnut, orange, poppyseed
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 -14 Doughnuts


Orange Poppy Seed Baked Doughnuts:

  • 1 1/2 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (20 grams) poppy seeds plus more for topping
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Orange Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups (170 grams) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make the doughnuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C) . Grease 2-3 doughnut pans.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cornstarch, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and zest from orange.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt, butter, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Mix into the flour mixture just until incorporated with no lumps. 
  • Transfer the batter to a piping bag or a large ziploc bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe the batter into prepared doughnut pans. Each cavity should be about 3/4 full.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely to room temperature.

To make the glaze:

  • In a large bowl, whisk the orange juice and vanilla extract into the powdered sugar to create a smooth glaze. Adjust the amount of orange juice to desired consistency.

To assemble:

  • Dip the top of each cooled doughnut into the orange glaze. Allow any excess to drip off, then place back on the wire rack, glaze-side up.
  • If desired, sprinkle with additional poppy seeds and orange zest.
  • These Orange Poppy Seed Baked Doughnuts are best the day they are made.