Have you seen or tasted Green Tea Donuts before? They are actually quite pretty popular in Japan. The Japanese like to make sweets and desserts with matcha (green tea powder, 抹茶) from green tea latte, green tea tiramisu, to green tea KitKat and Pocky!
Well, I’m definitely not an exception; I made cookies, ice cream, Crème Brûlée and steamed cake with matcha on Just One Cookbook so far. And guess what, more green tea dessert recipes are coming (call me green tea lady!).
We only eat donuts once in a while, like when there is a fundraising bake sale at my children’s school. We like good donuts but haven’t quite found one we love around where we live. In Japan we love it when the seasonal green tea donuts are available at Mr. Donuts!
So I bought my donut pan a few months ago thinking the baked donuts are a little healthier and easier alternatives. Have you had baked donuts? They are pretty awesome! I actually didn’t think it was going to be so easy to make; otherwise I would have tried baking these a long time ago…
Since some of you might have not tried “baked” donuts yet, I thought I should quickly compare how different they are.
First of all, baked donuts will NOT taste the same as donuts right out of the deep fryer. Like how deep fried fries are different from baked fries… but they are both good in their own ways.
The texture is more cake-like and moist. And you can skip the chocolate glaze if you prefer less sweet. I’m happy with just plain green tea donuts. Of course, my children have to have chocolate on theirs!
We needed to buy a donut pan (about $10) to make these donuts, but I think it’s a good small investment. Compared to fried donuts, it’s much easier and quicker to make baked donuts, not to mention they are less calories! The recipe is for 6 donuts so don’t worry about over consuming! You can double or triple the amount you want to prepare easily with this recipe.
Hope you enjoy these Matcha Donuts with hot green tea. Too much green tea? Nah, not for me.
- 3/4 cup (95 g) cake flour (or make your own - see below)
- 2 Tbsp. (25 g) sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. (6 g) green tea powder (matcha)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) milk
- 2 Tbsp. (35 g) butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I use semi sweet chocolate chips, but white chocolate goes well too!)
- Sprinkles of your choice
- Preheat oven to 425 F (220C). Lightly coat your donut pan with cooking spray.
- Add all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and matcha) in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine (you can sift dry ingredients first, but this is a short cut – just whisk for 15 seconds).
- Add the beaten egg, milk, melted butter and honey to the mixing bowl, and whisk until incorporated.
- Use a pastry bag fitted with a round tip (or a large Ziploc bag with one corner snipped off) to pipe the batter into the donut mold. Fill each mold about 3/4 full.
- Bake donuts for 8 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean and the donuts spring back when you lightly press your finger into them. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
- To make the chocolate glaze, melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or in the microwave: method shared on this post).
- Dip the cooled donuts into the melted chocolate and top with sprinkles of your choice. I recommend these donuts to be consumed on the same day.
* To make 1 cup cake flour, put 2 Tbsp. cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure. Then add all-purpose flour till the top. Sift the mixture 2-3 times to evenly distribute the cornstarch.