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Did I ever tell you all about how I found a GIANT lilac bush???
All spring, I called around to dozens of different stores looking for fresh lilacs but each time came up with nothing. Oh how I wanted to use some lilacs in my photos, but eventually I gave up. Then, towards the middle of June, I suddenly realized that the giant pretty bush up at my parent’s house, the one giving off incredible smells, was actually a bush full of the prettiest purple lilacs. When I realized this, I cannot even begin to explain how excited I was.
Apparently lilacs are actually supposed to bloom in the spring, but since my spring was more like a cold winter, the bush in the yard never bloomed until mid June. Hey, I’ll take them whenever they bloom, I was just so happy to have some lilacs to use.
The ideas kind of came flooding into my head, but me being me, I could not decide on just one.
SO I waited, and waited, until basically I realized that my lilac bush was beginning to die. So right then and there, I decided that day, I was making strawberry jelly doughnuts with lilac sugar.
I had to use those pretty and edible flowers before it was too late.
I also feel I should mention that I asked my dad to plant four more lilac bushes outside the barn…which he did, so next year lots of lilac recipes! I’m thinking something with lilac syrups for breakfast and definitely a lilac cocktail. Already excited!
Anyway, I kind of realized that most of you probably won’t have access to fresh lilacs this late into the summer, but the good news is, you can totally swap the lilacs for fresh or dried lavender. They obviously are not the same, but they work in the same way, and both give off a great floral flavor that pairs perfectly with the strawberries in these doughnuts.
And speaking of the doughnuts…they are brioche…but done a little easier and in a little less time….and SO flipping light, airy and GOOD!!!
I actually think these doughnuts are one of my easier doughnut recipes, and the brioche dough recipe is probably the best ever for doughnuts. I could not believe how light and perfect they turned out.
For the filling, I really wanted to use strawberries. I have been using a lot of berries and stone fruits lately, but just not enough strawberries. I also wanted a little bit of rich creaminess inside to make the doughnuts just that much more awesome. Plus, I feel like strawberries and cream is a combo one can never go wrong with with…it’s true, so I went with it.
I did not make an egg based cream though, as I really wanted to keep the work for these doughnuts minimal. Personally, I love the whipped cream. I think it keeps the recipe, light, but still decadent, you know?
OK, but here’s the nitty-gritty. I know it’s summer and doughnuts may not be number one on your list of things to eat today, but they should be. I don’t have a whole lot of reasons for this, other than that balance is the key to life and I can’t think of a more delicious balance than strawberry jelly and vanilla cream brioche doughnuts with Lilac Sugar as a beautiful, sweet summer treat!
Lastly, I just have to say, aren’t these doughnuts so stinkin’ cute?!? Flowers make everything better.
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Plus, do you see the inside?? It’s totally what all Friday dreams are made of, right? YES!
Can these be baked??
So sorry, I wouldn’t recommend that for this recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Hi! So excited to harvest and bake with lilac from my garden this spring! Vanilla beans are hard to find in my area… is there a way to substitute vanilla extract in the lilac sugar?
You really want to use the vanilla bean here because you don’t want the sugar to be wet, which is what the extract would do. I would try ordering them online. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
These look incredible!! Lilac sugar?! Yes!
Yes!! SO good!! Thanks Eden!
Donuts turned out perfectly – didn’t really need 2 inches, was maybe a hair over 1 inch for my cast iron skillet. I replaced strawberries with the blackberries growing by my house. While it sounded great in principle, mixing the jam with the cream was way to soft/runny for my tastes – gonna stick with just jam next time
Seems like violet sugar would be good, as well. Violets make wonderful syrup for pancakes!
You literally make my jaw drop every week. I love love your cooking and photography. Don’t ever stop!
so pretty! SO SO SO pretty. And you got lucky too. That’s a great move btw, lilac sugar but cocktail sounds GOOD. waiting too see that 🙂
Oh my!!! Not only does this recipe look so ungodly amazing, but your pictures are so good! I just recently started my own blog and I hope that my pictures will look like yours someday!
Thank you so much, Elizabeth! good luck with your blog! 🙂
These doughnuts are absolutely stunning, Tieghan! And that lilac sugar is just the prettiest. Gorgeous post! 🙂
Tieghan, I’m dying – these donuts, the photos, all just gorgeous! I don’t have have access to lilacs but do have a lavender plant on my deck. Just love this!
Thanks Kathy! Lavender will be so delicious!! 🙂
Wow! I just scrolled through a scene from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version). You knocked me out with this one! My grandmother’s favorite flower was lilac and my grandfather used to bring them home to her anytime he could find them. So, lilac anything always makes me smile. Great work on these; you have such talent.
Thanks Kathryn!! Also, that is one of my favorite movies! 🙂
Wow, these look so beautiful! Do you use a macro lens to shoot these?
Thanks so much! I used a Canon 35mm 1.4
let me know if you have any other questions, happy to help! 🙂