If you have a sweet spot for donuts, you must try these heavenly Matcha Donuts covered with a semi-sweet chocolate glaze! Sprinkles are optional, but they make the kids smile. These donuts are baked, so you can have more than one without guilt.
Have you seen or tasted Matcha Donuts (抹茶ドーナツ) before? They are actually pretty popular in Japan. From matcha latte, and matcha tiramisu, to green tea KitKat and Pocky, the Japanese like to make sweets and desserts with matcha (green tea powder).
Well, I’m definitely not an exception; I’ve made cookies, ice cream, Crème Brûlée, and steamed cake with matcha on Just One Cookbook so far. And guess what, there will be more green tea dessert recipes coming up soon (call me matcha 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 we haven’t quite found one that we love around where we live. In Japan, we love it when seasonal matcha donuts are available at Mr. Donuts!
I bought my donut pan a few months ago thinking that baked donuts are an easier alternative to make at home. Since there is no deep-frying, they are a little healthier too. 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.
Baked Donuts vs. Deep Fried Donuts
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 matcha 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 fewer 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.
- ¾ cup cake flour (You can make your homemade cake flour with all-purpose flour and cornstarch. To make 1 cup of cake flour, measure 1 cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 Tbsp, and add 2 Tbsp of cornstarch. Be sure to sift the flour to distribute the cornstarch well before using it; If you use a measuring cup, follow this method: fluff your flour with a spoon, sprinkle it into your measuring cup, and use a knife to level it off. Otherwise, 1 cup of flour ends up with more than 120 g.)
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp matcha (green tea powder)
- 1 large egg (50 g each w/o shell) (beaten)
- ⅓ cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 Tbsp honey
For the Chocolate Glaze:
- ¼ cup chocolate chips (I use semi sweet chocolate chips, but white chocolate goes well too!)
- sprinkles of your choice
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC). For a convection oven, reduce cooking temperature by 25ºF (15ºC). Lightly coat your donut pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and matcha) and whisk to combine.
- Add the beaten egg, milk, melted butter, and honey to the mixing bowl, and whisk until just incorporated. Don't overmix.
- 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 ¾ 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. Alternatively, you can microwave chocolate chips. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat. Microwave the chocolate in 3 (30-second) intervals, stirring between each. When the chocolate is mostly melted and only a few tiny pieces remain, stop microwaving and mix at room temperature; the last few pieces will melt.
- Dip the cooled donuts into the melted chocolate and top with sprinkles of your choice. Enjoy!
- You can keep the leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for a day or two.