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.
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.
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.
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!
I hope you enjoy this fun recipe that is perfect for spring. Be sure to show me your creations with the #ForeignTasteBuds on IG!
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