Mini Poppyseed Donuts with a Lime & Chili Glaze

mini donuts I am a firm believer that where there is a will, there is a way, although I usually am only good at applying this principle to food. Example- one time I really wanted lasagna, which meant I needed ricotta cheese, which I didn’t have. So I Googled how to make ricotta…and I made it.

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These mini donuts came about in a similar fashion. I simultaneously really wanted lime poppyseed bread and donuts, but I also wanted something (semi) healthy and Mr. Runway Chef is always wanting something spicy. These mini donuts were moist, delicious and completely satisfied all our cravings! Another win for the will and the way!

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Mini Poppyseed Donuts w/Lime & Chili Glaze

For Donuts:
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. whole wheat flour, sifted (or 3/4 cup all-purpose flour)
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of salt
2 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
Zest of 1/2 a lime
1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds

For Glaze:
1/4 c. powdered sugar
The juice of half a lime (use more or less if you like a thinner or thicker consistency)
1/4 tsp. chili powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

With a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg, zest, poppyseeds, salt and baking powder. Mix just until combined.

Next, sift in the flour and, as you begin mixing, pour in the milk. Turn off your mixer and hand stir just until all ingredients are combined.

Grease your donut pan. Then fill each indentation 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 6-9 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Immediately remove them from the pan and allow to cool on a rack.

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To make the glaze simply whisk together the powdered sugar, lime juice and the chili powder until it is smooth and it reaches your desired consistency.

Dunk your donuts in the glaze, one at a time, and then place back on the cooling rack to let the glaze harden.

Enjoy with a tall glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee!

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Recipe adapted from The Novice Chef

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  • Ali Cat

    These are really intriguing. Can I make them with NOT a donut pan? AKA, would they taste delicious and bake correctly as little round blobs on a cookie sheet or in a muffin pan instead?

    • RunwayChef

      I should have put a note at the bottom, but yes they should work as muffins or even as a bread. I haven’t tested them that way so I’m not sure of the bake time. I would say muffins are usually around 12 minutes and a loaf usually around 20-30, depending on your oven (mine always cooks things faster)….I just may have to test them as muffins these weekend!

  • FashionEdible

    I love your photographs! So I’m not a lime/chili fan but if I WERE, I would definitely love these. And I’m sure the donuts are fantastic on their own – maybe you don’t even need the glaze?

    • RunwayChef

      Thank you! And they would most definitely be ok without the glaze! Do you like lemon or orange? You could just use one of those juices instead (and omit the chili) for the glaze

      • FashionEdible

        Not really – I love lemon meringue but that’s about it. Maybe I could swing a lemon glaze haha.

        • RunwayChef

          Lol plain poppyseed donuts it is :)

          • FashionEdible

            Haha…I know, I’m weird.

          • RunwayChef

            Not at all :)

  • Kristin & Megan

    You had me at Poppyseed! Yum!

  • Mr. RunwayChef

    Ali don’t give her or my waistline any ideas but I would agree these would be awesome muffins. If you are in the market for a mini donut pan TJ Maxx has them for $5 or $6 usually in the home/kitchen section

    • Ali Cat

      Haha, perhaps mini muffins to keep the portion more controlled? Thanks to you and the Mrs. for the tips. :)