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Hops Donuts with Lemon Curd Glaze

Hop Donuts

Not everyone loves the herbal, bitter flavor of hops, but those who do go hoppin’ mad for it.  I once waited in an hour-long line with a hopped up crowd of hoppy beer enthusiasts to try a special release of Bell’s Hopslam Ale and saw firsthand the extent of hop fandom.  Although we rarely see hops used outside of beer-making, the flower can be used as tea or as a flavor in a variety of dishes (I’ll share some ideas at the end of this post).  My hops donuts not only contain hops, but they are also sweetened with barley malt to give them more of a beer flavor.  The donuts themselves, as you might imagine, were more fragrant and bitter than most you’ve tried, but once topped with a sweet lemon curd glaze, the balance was lovely and soul-satisfying.

Hops Donuts with Lemon Curd Glaze Recipe

The recipe for these hops donuts is adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cinnamon Honey Donuts with Raspberry Jam.

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Hops Donuts with Lemon Curd Glaze

My hops donuts not only contain hops, but they are also sweetened with barley malt to give them more of a beer flavor.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword beer donuts, hops donuts, lemon curd glaze
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 16 small donuts
Calories 113kcal
Author Stef


Donut Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons hops
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 tablespoons barley malt
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil + another 3 cups or so for fry oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Lemon Curd Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lemon curd
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


Donut Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, bring milk and hops to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and cover for fifteen minutes.
  • Strain the mixture to remove the hops. Don't worry if you lose some of the milk with the hops. This is expected.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine yeast with warm water and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Whisk in barley malt, egg, 1/3 cup of hoppy milk (if you don't have enough, you can add some plain milk), and peanut oil.
  • Stir in salt and flour until dough is smooth.
  • Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and set in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Turn out dough onto a lightly floured board and knead four or five times.
  • Roll dough to a roughly 10 inch square about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut into 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch squares and transfer to a parchment- or silpat-lined cookie sheet.
  • Let rest in a warm place for about 20 minutes.
  • Fry in small batches at 360 F in a saucepan or deep fryer until both sides are golden brown, flipping mid-way through frying (about 90 seconds in).
  • Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to remove some of the excess oil.

Lemon Curd Glaze

  • Mix lemon curd and powdered sugar in a small bowl until smooth.
  • Spread over warm (not piping hot) donuts.


Nutrition Facts
Hops Donuts with Lemon Curd Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipes Using Hops

If you buy a one pound bag of hops to make hops donuts, you’ll have most of the bag left over.  If you don’t want to make beer, here are some ideas for you:

Hops donuts sweetened with barley malt to give them more beer flavor. They are fragrant and bitter, but once topped with a sweet lemon curd glaze, the balance was lovely and soul-satisfying. A perfect dessert for your adult friends!
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4 comments on “Hops Donuts with Lemon Curd Glaze”

  1. Tony Beckersays:

    I sampled some of Stef’s hop donuts during recipe experimentation, and they are amazing. Highly recommended.

  2. This sounds awesome! Love the flavors in here, especially the addition of lemon curd. Homemade donuts are the best! :)

  3. Anitasays:

    Does the Lemon Curd glaze harden?

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