May 18
2011

Baked Lemon Honey Crème Mochi Mochi Donuts

in Dessert, Honey, Japanese, Oyatsu/Snack

Baked Lemon Honey Creme Mochi Mochi Donuts

Honey Bees are the unsung heroes of the food world, pollinating a third of the world’s food sources.  Without them, we would be up a creek without a paddle.  Unfortunately, this possibility is all too real.  The world honey bee population is in crisis, suffering from a situation called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a drastic loss in bee population numbers.  Over the last few years beekeepers in the agriculture industry have reported losses as high as 70%.  Not good, to say the least.  Not only do we need honey bees to perpetuate the pollination process, but their honey making skills would be a great loss because of the numerous benefits of honey.  Luckily there are groups, like The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, companies, and beekeepers that are dedicated to finding a solution and keeping the bee population as healthy as possible.

Honey Ridge Farms

Honey Ridge Farms, a company of commercial beekeepers, donates a portion of its profits to help fund this research.  Not only are they dedicated to the health of honey bees, but they produce some of my favorite honey products as well.  I mentioned them a couple of weeks ago in my Avocado Mango Donburi, because I came home from Camp Blogaway with a small jar of their Lemon Honey Crème in my swag bag.  Although Honey Ridge Farms was founded in 2004 by Leeanne Goetz, beekeeping has been in her family for a lot longer.

Honey Ridge Farms Beekeeping

Photo Credit: Honey Ridge Farms

Leeanne’s great-great grandfather and great-grandfather were among the earliest commercial beekeepers on the East Coast, and now her oldest son is the fifth-generation to carry on the beekeeping legacy.  Now the company produces a variety of honeys, whipped honey crèmes, honey glazes, grill sauces, and balsamic-style and spice-herb-infused honey vinegars.  I’m a big fan of their honeys and honey crèmes, so I dreamed up a fun baked donut recipe to showcase their Lemon Honey Crème in.  Baking helps make these donuts a healthier treat and cuts down on clean-up.  (No hot oil to worry about!)

Donut Pan filled with batter

I use a donut pan when baking donuts so that they still have their rounded edges and they bake evenly (baking donuts on a cookie sheet gives them a flat side).  These donuts are made using mochiko (sweet rice flour) instead of wheat flour, which results in a soft, moist, and slightly chewy donut.

Baked Mochi Mochi Donuts, soft, moiset, and slightly chewy

This has become a popular style of donut in Japan, and I’m thinking it’s a style that would be a hit here in the US as well!  I used the Lemon Honey Crème as a sweetener and to add a hint of citrus flavor.  I drizzled half of the finished donuts with melted white chocolate

Drizzling white chocolate on donuts

and dusted the other half with confectioner’s sugar.

Confectioner's Sugar Makes Squirrel Happy

I also discovered that they were especially delicious eaten with a bit of the Lemon Honey Crème on the side.

Eating Mochi Mochi Donuts with Lemon Honey Creme

If you’re looking for a lighter treat and you love donuts, you’ll love these donuts!  These donuts are easily made gluten-free—another plus!  You can purchase Honey Ridge Farm products online, or a variety of stores.  If you can’t wait until you have a jar of Lemon Honey Crème on hand, you can substitute regular honey in this recipe and maybe add a bit of lemon zest to the batter.  And if you want to know how you can help the world honey bee problem, PBS has a great article that will get you started.

Mochi Mochi DOnuts dusted with confectioner's sugar

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Baked Lemon Honey Crème Mochi Mochi Donuts

Makes 12 donuts

2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup lemon honey creme
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 1/3 cup mochiko (sweet rice flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

Powdered sugar or melted white chocolate for topping

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Whisk together the beaten eggs, honey, sugar, and milk until well mixed. Then whisk in the mochiko and baking powder until combined. Finally, whisk in the butter. Pour the batter into a donut baking pan (12 donuts).

3. Bake the donuts for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Gently run a butter knife around the edges of each donut to loosen them in the pan, then turn them out onto a cooling rack. Top the donuts as desired. Donuts can be served warm or cool.

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*Disclosure: I was sent some Honey Ridge Farms products to try, but my thoughts and opinions are my own.

{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet May 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

These look like heaven!

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sara May 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm

These doughnuts look terrific – great flavors, and I love the idea of baking rather than frying. Gorgeous photos, too! :)

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

@sara, Thanks Sara! It’s nice not to have to worry about the clean-up after deep frying!

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Meg May 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I will be making these this weekend. I don’t have a donut pan, but will make do without. I have been craving donuts since I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance and these look delicious. I love that you bake them instead of frying.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

@Meg, You can try making them in a muffin pan or mini-muffin pan! Don’t pipe them out onto a baking sheet because they don’t cook evenly!

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Nelly Rodriguez May 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Yum, I adore baked doughnuts and these look awesome. Need to get my hands on some sweet rice flour!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

@Nelly Rodriguez, Look for Koda Farms Mochiko. It’s the brand I find most consistently in regular grocery stores! It’s a white box with a blue star and red writing on it.

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Deliciously Organic May 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

These look fantastic! I’m making these next week when I get home!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

@Deliciously Organic, Yay!! Let me know how it goes! :)

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jenjenk May 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

wow…baked AND with mochiko??!!! SOLD!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

@jenjenk, wish you were around to help me make another batch . . . *sniff sniff*

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Rachael @ Tokyo Terrace May 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Rachael, these look fantastic! I can imagine how wonderful they smelled while they were baking and my mouth is watering thinking about how delicious they must be. Beautiful!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

@Rachael @ Tokyo Terrace, Aaaaw, thanks Rachael! You’re too sweet! :)

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Alayna @ Thyme Bombe May 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

You could not dream up a more perfect treat in my eyes. Honey, lemon, and donuts? These are a few of my favorite things!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

@Alayna @ Thyme Bombe, You and me both! Love the combo of honey and lemon, and who doesn’t love donuts? :)

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Jennifer May 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

What a great way to incorporate this delicious honey. As always your pics look great.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm

@Jennifer, Thanks Jennifer!

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Lillian@sweetsbysillianah May 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

yay, thank you for sharing this recipe – mochi donuts are the only kind of donuts i like… so happy i can make them at home now!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

@Lillian@sweetsbysillianah, You’re welcome Lillian! They’re not quite as amazing as deep-fried mochi donuts because they don’t have that crispy outer shell, but they do have that delightful soft, moist chewiness! Can’t wait to hear if you make them!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Lemon Honey Crème on the side = that wouldnt be on the side for me…that would be front and center by the spoonful! :)

They look AWESOME!

And I knew about the honey bee/honey issue worldwide…thank you for bringing attention to it on your blog!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

@Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga), Averie, you are a sweetie! Thank you!

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Lyndsey May 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm

These look so delicious! I want to dive right in.

Yes, honey bees the unsung hardworking heroes. I am so impressed with the beekeepers, it is so good you are making more people aware. Thanks!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm

@Lyndsey, Thank goodness for the people who still are willing to keep up the art of beekeeping, right?

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Paula - bell'alimento May 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I am in LURVE!

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Yuri May 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Love these, Rachael! Mochi and baked? I’m in :)

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

@Yuri, :) Thanks Sis! :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) May 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I don’t know if this could be more perfect…donuts in any shape or form are perfection to me!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

@Heather (Heather’s Dish), We can totally be friends. I LOVE donuts! :)

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amee May 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

so i tasted these after camp and i really wished i had stolen another jar. nice piping…Wilton much? :P

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

@amee, LOL, thanks!

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Nisrine M. May 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

These dainty creations are simply perfect and so deftly made. Well done!!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

@Nisrine M., Thanks Nisrine!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary May 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Oh mama…or should I say ‘come to mama’ – they look easy and, and…oh I have to say it. Delicious!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Patty H. May 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm

These look too beautiful to eat, but they sound absolutely delicious! I’ve been wanting to make donuts, and the fact that these are baked and not cooked in oil make them sound very appealing.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

@Patty H., Yay! Let me know if you try them Patty! :)

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Krista@BudgetGourmetMom May 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Yum! You may just need to make me some of these next time I see you ;) They look delicious!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

@Krista@BudgetGourmetMom, I’ll think about it if you promise to be nice . . . :)

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Lori May 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Honey and lemon is a favorite combination of mine. My parents used to mix honey and lemon juice together to make a cough syrup for me when I was sick. But I think I’d rather gave that combo on a donut! The donuts look wonderful. Gotta get one of those pans!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

@Lori, I LOVE making hot lemon tea with honey in it when I’m not feeling well!

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shirley@kokken69 May 19, 2011 at 2:07 am

I don’t know much about beekeeping but was most fascinated when a colleague of mine in US once ordered a queen bee and he had to stay at home to wait for her to arrive with the US Postal service… it came in a little netted box and he keeps the bees in his backyard… I will have to visit him the next time I go to US. The mochi donuts look so pretty. I am a big fan of Japan’s Mister Donut and have wanted so much to replicate it. Yours, is a healthier, non-fried version – which is great!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

@shirley@kokken69, I’m dying to visit someone who keeps bees! I’m a big fan of Mister Donut too. :) Love their Ring de Pon.

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argone May 19, 2011 at 2:39 am

thank you – I’d love to try ! do you have the quantities in grams ?
love your blog

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

@argone, Thanks Argone! I don’t have it in grams, but you can convert it using this website: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cooking-conversions.aspx

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argone May 31, 2011 at 1:23 am

@Fuji Mama (Rachael),
thank you ! I made these two days ago, i like them but I’m note sure I found the right type of flour. I used whole rice flour, which is not sweet at all. Do you agree if I copy this recipe on my blog, with a link toward yours of course ? thanks

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Kate@Diethood May 19, 2011 at 5:56 am

I would love to sink my teeth into one of those!
I love the creme on the side for dipping…mmmm!

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LiztheChef May 19, 2011 at 9:06 am

Love, love that I can bake these guys…Big article in this morning’s paper that bees are coming back thanks to heavy rains, more flowers. I have a “bee friendly” garden that I enjoy. Thanks for a terrific post!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

@LiztheChef, Love hearing that you have a bee friendly garden! That’s something so simple that anyone can do, even with a “container garden”!

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J. Miler @ allthethymeintheworld May 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

Ek! I love Mochi so much! And what a great way to use it… Have you ever tried moffles (mochi Mochi waffles)? This looks even better! Cannot wait to try this, I’m even going to go out and get a doughnut pan just for this.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

@J. Miler @ allthethymeintheworld, Love moffles! Can’t wait to hear about your mochi donut adventures! :)

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Kate (Kate from Scratch) May 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

These are so pretty! I bet they taste wonderful too. I’m normally not a fan of donuts because by design they’re terrible for you…fried…cake. Yikes! WHo even thought of that?!? Some evil genius, I’m sure. It would be a bad idea to get hooked, which I would. But, baking donuts is a totally different story.

Honey with lemon…yum! I’ve never had Mochi, but I’m inspired to try it, now.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

@Kate (Kate from Scratch), Unfortunately I love regular donuts WAY TOO MUCH, so delving into baked donuts is definitely a good direction for me . . . :)

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Katrina May 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

These sound so lovely! I need to get a donut pan.

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averagebetty May 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

I love that you baked the lemon honey cream into the donuts :) These look so yummy and…. elegant :)

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J. Miler @ allthethymeintheworld May 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

So I finally tried these, and wow, awesome, I never knew Mochi could come out so… Fluffy, and spongey. As opposed to just a chewy mass! I subbed in some chocolate sauce and cocoa powder in the batter and made a honey lemon glaze.. Gee golly miss Molly! Good stuff, thanks for the recipe.

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gloria May 22, 2011 at 7:56 am

These look amazing, gloria

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The Newlywed Chefs May 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

How perfect for a summer treat! We need to make these ASAP :)

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kankana May 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I love donuts and seriously who doesn’t right ? but, these days I am cutting down and was looking for a way to bake these gorgeous bites. :) I am saving this recipe . I am going to thy this :)

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Mariko May 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I’m having some major Mr. Doughnut cravings right now.
Yummmm.

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Joy May 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

The donuts look so cool

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Darla @ Bakingdom May 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

Yum! Now I need to make some donuts. Preferably with honey in them… Good thing I have a recipe now. ;)

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sharon kiyo July 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm

This sounds so yummy!
Where can I get Lemon Honey Creme? Are they any substitutes for it?
I live in Hawaii and shipping costs are prohibitive.
Also, do you oil the doughnut pan or perhaps spray it with Pam?

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Odette Hing February 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

Just inquiring where can I get Lemon honey Creme? Thank you

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lillian February 27, 2014 at 7:28 am

I truly love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you
develop this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying
to create my own blog and would like to find out where you got this from or just what the theme is called.
Kudos!

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