Redbud Glazed Donuts
Redbud ‘Tea’
Redbud Glaze
Redbud ‘Tea’
  1. Place 1/2 cup of well rinsed redbud flowers in a heat proof glass jar (mason jars work well). Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over flowers and place a lid on the jar. Let it come to room temperature and then put in the the refrigerator over night.
  2. In the morning, strain the liquid from the flowers using a sieve or colander. Pour back into glass jar and set aside. Left over liquid can be stored in the refrigerator. NOTE: Another way to use the tea is to heat the remaining in a small sauce pan and add a couple tablespoons of granulated sugar and heat until dissolved (adding more to taste). Use in cocktails in place of simple syrup. Another use for the simple syrup would be to pour over pancakes or waffles.
Redbud Glaze
  1. Put powdered sugar in a small bowl. Using a fork or small whisk, stir in 1 tablespoon of redbud tea from recipe above. Stir or whisk until well blended. Add lemon extract and mix well again. If glaze is too thick, add more redbud tea, 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Set aside.
To make the donuts
  1. Thaw pastry dough using the directions on the box. Unfold the dough and using a circle cookie cutter (or glass), cut out as many circles as you can. I got 9 per sheet. Then using a smaller circle, cut the hole out of the middle.
  2. Heat your oil in a very small circumference sauce pan so you don’t need to use a lot of oil. If this isn’t a worry of yours, place in a larger pan so you can make multiple donuts at once. You want 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch of oil in your pan.
  3. Use one of the holes to practice if your oil is hot enough. You want it to start sizzling right when you put your dough in, if not, the dough will absorb a lot of the oil instead of having the oil cook it. Once it is hot enough, carefully place your donuts into the oil. I did one at a time, and cooked for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. I used tongs to flip the donut and to take them out of the oil. Let the donuts rest and drain on a paper towel while you finish the rest.
  4. Use a fork and whisk the glaze if it has hardened. Once its all smooth again you are ready to glaze your donuts. One at a time place one side of your donut in the glaze getting it completely coated. Place your donut on a cooling rack with some wax paper underneath to catch any drips. Quickly, while glaze is still wet, sprinkle flowers on half your donut. Repeat this process with remaining donuts.

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