Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day with my delicious matcha tea and vanilla green-themed doughnuts! These awesome treats are a healthier baked alternative to deep fried doughnuts and they don’t compromise on taste or texture. Finished with an easy icing glaze, you will have a blast decorating these with your favourite designs. You are going to need a donut tray which you can find fairly easily online or in your local cook shop.
- Heat the oven to 180 C (160 C fan) and place the oven shelf onto the middle shelf.
- Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk, for the doughnut mixture, until pale and well combined.
- Add both eggs to the butter mixture and mix together.
- Grease doughnut tins with the oil spray.
- Sieve plain flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and matcha tea powder (if using) into a bowl.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter for the icing glaze gently and allow to cool a little.
- Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and add the cream, salt and cooled butter. Mix together with an electric whisk. Add a little milk at a time until you reach a thick, pourable consistency, similar to greek yoghurt.
- Divide the icing into separate bowls to colour them with different shades of green. I chose to leave one uncoloured (white), pale mint green, leaf green and a bright green. Add your gel food colour a little at a time and stir well to reach the desired colour.
- When you are ready to bake, add your sieved flours to the butter mixture with the milk and vanilla extract. Fold together until well combined.
- Place the mixture into a piping bag and cut a hole 1-1.5cm large in diameter.
- Pipe the mixture in a circle motion into each doughnut mould. Don’t worry if it looks uneven, the mixture will settle in the oven. You only want to fill the moulds 2/3 full so do not be tempted to overfill them.
- Bake for 13-16 minutes per batch until well risen and slightly golden on the edges.
- Turn the doughnuts out onto a wire rack to cool.
- When the doughnuts are cool, you are ready to glaze them.
- Dip each doughnut into the glaze and place onto a wire rack with a tray underneath it. Sprinkle each doughnut with your favourite sprinkles. Let the icing on the doughnuts dry for 45-60 minutes.
- Once dry, you are ready to serve! Get stuck in with a strong cup of coffee.