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Photo: Ashley Cuoco

Here’s the story behind this one: I was super excited to¬†buy a donut pan– way better for you baked than fried, right? All I could think was, healthy doughnuts! YES! My Hamptons girl Ina Garten shared a recipe for her cinnamon baked donuts on Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa. Look no further: these are the sweetest treat. So I used her recipe as the platform for another thing I have been excited to try– Matcha! Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It’s a bit of a pretty penny, but worth it. Bon Appetit magazine did a spread in their September issue on matcha glazed and sugared donuts. Hence, the donut conglomerate pictured above. Donuts three ways: cinnamon sugar, matcha glaze, and matcha sugar! Enjoy these with a seeping cup of tea. Aaah.


Prep:15 min — Inactive:5 min — Cook:15 min — Yield: 12 donuts

Doughnut Ingredients:

  • Baking spray with flour, such as Baker’s Joy
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Topping Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 doughnut pans well.
  2. Into a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  3. Spoon the batter into the baking pans, filling each one a little more than three-quarters full. Bake for 17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out onto a sheet pan.
  4. For the topping, melt the 8 tablespoons of butter in an 8-inch saute pan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, either on one side or both sides.(2012, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, All Rights Reserved)

 

Now for the Matcha toppings:

Matcha Glaze: Wisk together 1 large egg white, 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tsp matcha, a pinch of salt and 1 Tbsp water until smooth.

Matcha Sugar Topping: Whisk together 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp matcha until no lumps remain.

Enjoy!

Matcha topping recipes courtesy of Bon Appetit Magazine.

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Photo: Ashley Cuoco

 

 

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