Matcha Donuts, #SundaySupper

Desserts and dishes celebrating spring are on the menu for this week’s #SundaySupper. (Please scroll down to see how you can add your brilliant creations.) My matcha green tea donuts post was intended to reflect my love for the gifts of spring:  The first harvest of fine matcha (green tea) leaves; cherry blossoms; and warm winds which whisper hope.


Matcha Donuts Murmur Spring

I still feel grateful for matcha; memories of home, of growing up in Japan. But a more frightening face of Mother Nature has entered the picture. At 1:25 a.m. (Japan time) on Saturday, April 16, 2016 a 7.0 earthquake erupted on the sleepy Southern island of Kyushu. (At this writing 32 are confirmed dead, hundreds severely injured and many more missing.) For the past year I’ve been chatting with a friend in Kyushu over Skype. We’ve shared our dreams, giggled about our cats and admired the other's recipes and photos. Upon hearing the news (California time Friday), I sent an e-mail and Skype message. My friend is always punctual and prompt for our Skype sessions. Silence. 


Shoved down by the 7.0 earthquake on Kyushu, a fallen tower.

Finally, two days later, my friend replied saying she was scared but safe. Something inside had gently comforted me and told me she was all right. Still, the experience of waiting in the silence was surreal. The experience led me to reflection, to greater appreciation for the present. As always, I have an overwhelming to-do list. (Many are shoulds and adopted suggestions from successful entrepreneurs.) But, I went on a bicycle ride for my husband. Like the waves rolling in near the bike path, I gave thanks for the breaths granting me Life.

Traditional Japanese matcha takes a modern twist and turns into a donut.

Kagoshima, on the island of Kyushu, is one of the top three cultivators of green tea / matcha in Japan. Like any thing made in the kitchen, quality of product determines deliciousness... Especially matcha donuts. So, if you can get your hands on fine quality matcha, do so. Even if you don’t; please put your hands together and say a prayer for Japan. After the Great Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, a return of terror does make all of us who love Japan a tad shaky. When feeling powerless, all I can do is surrender myself to a Higher Power...and head to the kitchen to bake up sweets to share with those I love.

Matcha Donuts

#Japanese #matcha #donuts

Subtle notes of Japanese matcha tea sing in a soft, moist cake donut.

If you are a fan of matcha, please increase the amounts suggested in the recipe below. In addition to premium quality matcha tea, I used whole-grain milled flour from
Grist & Toll. (It’s a very unique flour mill located in LA.) I attribute the perfect balance of soft, moist and subtle matcha to the premium products. 

The donut recipe is adapted from King Arthur Flour. The topping is adapted from Food 52.

Ingredients: 

For the matcha donuts:

  •   1/2 cup butter
  •   1/2 cup coconut oil
  •   1 cup granulated sugar
  •   2/3 cup brown sugar
  •   4 large eggs
  •   2 tablespoons matcha powder
  •   3 teaspoons baking powder
  •   1/2teaspoon baking soda
  •   1/2 teaspoon salt
  •   2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •   5 1/3 cups premium all-purpose flour
  •   2 cups coconut creamer

For the matcha sugar topping:

  • 12 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 7 ozs of white chocolate (2 chocolate bars) chopped
  • 3 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
Directions: 

For the matcha donuts:

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Lightly grease the wells of three standard-size donut pans with coconut oil.
 
In a kitchen stand mixer bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until
smooth. One at a time, add the eggs.

Stir in the matcha, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla.

Starting and ending with the flour, alternate mixing in the flour with the coconut creamer.

Divide into the wells of the donut pans. (Leaving about ¼” free for the donut to rise.)

Bake for 10 minutes (rotating the pan at the halfway point.) The matcha donuts are ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the pans after 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle with matcha sugar powder.

For the matcha sugar topping:

In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients together until combined.

Renee of Renee's Kitchen Adventures is kindly hosting today's spring celebration Sunday Supper.
She's prepared a veritable banquet of fabulous dishes and desserts.

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The Ninja Baker

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