In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, but mostly just as an excuse to bake delicious treats, I whipped up these very festive and flavorful Matcha Green Tea Donuts.
Matcha is a finely milled green tea powder known for it’s bright color, health benefits (it’s high in antioxidants), and beautiful, distinct flavor. Not only is the powder an unexpected replacement for green food dye, but it also has an intense earthy flavor which contrasts nicely with the typical sweetness of a donut.
You’ll taste subtle hints of matcha in the donut itself, but the flavor and color really come through in the frosting.
Sure, you could serve up all the St. Patrick’s Day savory classics – corned beef, shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread – but wouldn’t you rather snack on something sweet, green and healthy-ish instead?
- Donut Ingredients:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ½ cup half and half
- ½ teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Frosting Ingredients:
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, matcha green tea powder and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the half and half, egg, vanilla and butter. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients and mix until the batter just comes together.
- Spread batter evenly with a spoon into the donut pan, only fill up each mold halfway. Bake for 10-12 minutes, don’t overcook. Place on a rack to cool before adding the frosting.
- While the donuts are cooling, whisk together the powdered sugar, matcha green tea and water until the frosting is creamy. Dip the tops of each donut into the frosting. Enjoy!