Dense and moist baked Matcha green tea donuts speckled with fresh strawberry chunks then drizzled with a fruity and floral elderflower glaze. Inspired by 3NiTea’s Japanese Cherry Green Tea.

Welcome back everyone! Today I am so excited to share this bright and beautiful recipe with you all. Today’s recipe features MATCHA. Aaah! Yes, this recipe features tea and was inspired by a different tea.

Matcha elderflower doughnuts

Matcha Inspiration

So as you know, I am loving my Zen Tea Bar subscription box (Read the review here) and in my May box, I received Tea Source’s Organic Matcha green tea powder…Folks, on my short list of tea that I don’t like, Matcha is apart of that list (FYI: Chamomile is also on the list too, it tastes like dandelion and matcha tastes like grass. But that’s just my taste buds.)

But, the few times that I have dabbled with matcha, I found that I can tolerate it if it is paired and mixed with something sweet. Although I wanted to immediately give away my matcha, I knew that this was an opportunity for a great experiment.Tea Source Organic MatchaOrganic Matcha

Matcha Elderflower Inspiration

Then I remembered my recent tea tasting of 3NiTea’s Japanese Cherry Green Tea. ( Read the review here.) So I decided to create a doughnut version of this tea. 3NiTea’s Japanese Cherry Green Tea presents a great green tea that features cherry and rose. Unfortunately, I did not have any cherries or rose water on hand, so I decided to improvise and use alternate flavors.

As I searched through my abundance of baking materials and tea, I remembered that I have a great bottle of Elderflower liquid concentrate on hand. I picked up this elderflower concentrate on a recent visit to Ikea and for weeks I have been contemplating how to use it. When I first bought the elderflower concentrate, I never knew about Elderflowers (or elderberries for that matter) but as soon as I tasted it, I fell in love. For those of you that don’t know, elderflower is the blossom of an elderberry. It is most commonly found within Europe and even Australia. As I did research on this foreign flavor, I found that it is most commonly paired with sweeter fruits (like berries) or refreshing flavors (like cucumber and mint.) So, I decided to create a matcha elderflower doughnut with specks of strawberries. And let me tell you…I love these doughnuts and all of their bright, natural flavor. Even if you aren’t a matcha fan like myself, you will enjoy these doughnuts.Matcha Elderflower Doughnuts

Tips on Baking with Fruit

  • Be sure to coat your fruit in flour before folding into the batter. This ensures that your fruit doesn’t automatically sink to the bottom and ruin our pretty desserts!
  • If using a recipe that doesn’t call for fruit, but you want to add in fresh/frozen fruit; be sure to decrease your milk/water measurement so you don’t end up with an extra wet batter.
  • If using frozen fruit in your baked goods, do not thaw the fruit! This will automatically give you an unbalanced doughnut that is too moist.
  • If using dried fruit or no fruit at all in your doughnut batter, increase your milk measurement to 3/4 cup total.
  • I suggest always using lemon zest or a splash of lemon juice when baking with fruit. I compare it to vanilla in baked goods or salt in cooking.
  • When using floral components in your dessert, always gradually add small amounts at a time. It is very easy to go from yummy to turning your dessert into a perfume!

P.S. If strawberries and elderflower isn’t for you, I definitely suggest trying a cherry chunk and rose glaze combo, or even a raspberry chunk and lemon glaze combo. Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see those recipes too!

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Baked Matcha Elderflower Doughnuts
Dense and moist baked Matcha green tea doughnuts speckled with fresh strawberry chunks then drizzled with a fruity and floral elderflower glaze.
matcha elderflower doughnuts
Mini Doughnuts
Matcha Strawberry Doughtnuts
Elderflower Glaze
Mini Doughnuts
Matcha Strawberry Doughtnuts
Elderflower Glaze
matcha elderflower doughnuts
Strawberry Preperation
  1. Gently rinse your fresh strawberries with cold water. Pat dry.
  2. Cut the strawberries into small cubes (smaller than a marble). If making mini donuts, cut strawberries even smaller (see picture)
    Matcha Elderflower Doughnuts
  3. Lay strawberry chunks on a paper towel and pat dry. Dust flour on top to gently coat each chunk as well as possible.
Matcha Doughnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease your doughnut pan. Combine dry ingredients in a larger bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients except for melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in melted butter. Then fold in prepared strawberries and lemon zest.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a prepared piping bag and fill each mold about 3/4 full. ( For mini doughnuts, I found spooning as an easier method)
  4. Bake about 10-14 minutes (For mini doughnuts, bake about 8-10 minutes), or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Then completely cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter.
Elderflower Glaze
  1. Whisk together all ingredients. If you desire a thinner consistency, gradually add in 1 tspn of water at a time.
  2. When doughnuts are cool, glaze each doughnut as much as your heart desires. There is plenty of glaze, so double dip if you prefer a thick coating.
Recipe Notes
  • Adapted from Brina's Bites Baked Matcha Glazed Doughnuts.
  • Inspired by my recent tea tasting of 3NiTea's Japanese Cherry Green Tea.
  • Read above the recipe for more flavor combination ideas and tips on baking with fruit.
  • I used Tea Source's Organic Matcha. I discovered this matcha through my Zen Tea Bar subscription box.
  • This recipe would be great as a sugar-free bake, gluten free bake, and/or vegan bake. Let me know if you want to see what those recipes would look like!
  • P.S. The white flowers in the pictures are not elderflowers, they are dried jasmine flowers. Forgive me.
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