Chef Kevin McCormick, from Rogers Park's Onward, made doughnuts on the WGN Weekend Morning News.
6580 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60626
Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts
• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup sugar
• 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 2 ea lemon zest
• 2 tbsp poppy seed
• 3/4 cup buttermilk
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
• 2 large eggs plus one egg yolk
• 6 cups vegetable oil
• 4 cups powdered sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/3 cup lemon juice
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, sugar, baking
powder, baking soda, salt, lemon zest, and poppy seed.
2. In small mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, and eggs. Add
wet ingredients to the dry and mix on medium speed for about 30
3. With speed on low, gradually mix in the remaining flour a little at a
time. Add more or less flour as necessary to make a soft dough that is
moist and slightly tacky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1
4. Place oil in a Dutch oven and heat to 350°. Light color
Prepare the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, vanilla
and lemon juice until smooth. Add additional powdered sugar or lemon
juice if necessary for a thin glaze.
5. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll out the
dough to 1/2 inch thick. Use a floured donut cutter or a large and a
small biscuit cutter to cut out the donuts and donut holes. Gather
scraps together and roll out again to cut more donuts. Lightly score
the donuts three times, making a triangle in the ring of the donut to
help create the “petals”.
6. Cook several donuts at a time scored side up, flipping them over as
they rise to the surface and turn golden brown, about a minute per
side. Drain on a wire rack. Before frying another batch, make sure oil
temperature has returned to 350 degrees.
7. Remove the donuts from the oil and set them on the rack to drain and
8. While still warm, dip the donuts, petals side down, into the glaze. Swirl
the donut in the glaze a little, then pick it up and let the excess glaze
dribble back into the bowl.
9. Return the glazed donut to the rack to let the glaze dry.
10. Repeat the process until all donuts and donut holes have been cooked