I’ve got a thing for tea.
Okay, it’s more than just a thing, it’s a real passion. My mother’s side of the family is British, and I’m not talking Lindsay Lohan in The Parent TrapBritish, I’m talking scones and milky tea on the daily British. I drink tea all the time. My first job was also coincidentally at a tea store, where I learned that there is a lot more to brewing the perfect cup than just sticking a tea bag in a mug of hot water. I could write a whole blog post on how to brew my perfect cup of tea (and I just might) but I’ll just sum it up by saying you need to stop using tea bags right this minute.
I’ve also got a thing for donuts.
It is a beautiful time to be a donut. I don’t know how and I don’t know why but artisanal donuts are totally a thing on the internet right now. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I am rejoicing in this newfound donut craze. Baked donuts from Fonuts in West Hollywood, hot and cold donut ice cream sandwiches (Halos) from B Sweet in Westwood and the absolute perfection that is Donut Friend in Highland Park. There's even a Donut Festival in Los Angeles this October (Side note: found out about this festival because followed me on twitter. Does that say something about how many donut related tweets I've put out into the world?). Donuts are the height of fashion and I am absolutely into it.
Anyway so I merged the two and made these green tea honey donuts with an orange glaze. Getting that green tea flavor into the batter was simple, just steep your favorite green tea into the milk that the recipe calls for. Fats carry flavor so the milk and oil will emphasize the delicate tea taste once baked. I also used honey in place of sugar. It’s sweeter so you need less, ¼ c honey = ½ c sugar.
After the donuts cooled I whipped up a simple glaze, but I used orange extract in place of vanilla. Then I got a little weird and zested an orange directly on top of the donuts which could have been a huge mistake but actually turned out beautiful. I guess the lesson here is that impulse based donut decorations are a great idea. I think.
The green tea taste is subtle, but it’s there. And this glaze provides a juicy burst of citrus that’s emphasized even more by the orange zest on top. I picture this donut being the perfect accent to a tea party, a sugary breakfast or just as something you eat by yourself in your pajamas while you write your first blog post. But that might just be me.