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Monday 11th February 2008

Time to make - Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts

When you have something naughty you really ought to balance that with something good, wouldn’t you agree?!

Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts

Although to be honest I am not always very good at practicing what I preach, I think I have brought a little balance into this post by combining Matcha (green tea) with my chocolate doughnuts…

Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts

Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts

Green Tea is often referred to by it’s Japanese name Matcha when used in its finely ground powdered form, especially for confectionery and baking. It is rich in “catechin polyphenols” - big words basically meaning green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant.

There has been lots of research into defining the potential health benefits from the intake of green tea, some of these claims include inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, lowering cholesterol levels, assisting in the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease, fighting infections and improving impaired immune function.

Sounds like rather good stuff, yeah?!

Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts

So as doughnut (donuts) have a fairly bad wrap with regards to heart and artery health, including some cholesterol lowering and cardiovascular disease prevention properties in them has to be a good thing and will cancel out the naughty, surely…maybe? hehe

Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts

These naughty but nice “healthy” doughnuts are my submission for Helen and Peabody’s event “Time to make Doughnuts”

Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts

  • Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts
  • 2 cups of strong flour
  • 1/3 cup of dark cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 175mls of tepid warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons of castor sugar
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons of dry active yeast
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • For the ganache glazes:
  • 100 grams dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100 grams white chocolate, chopped
  • 160 mls of cream
  • 1 teaspoon or more of matcha powder, to taste
  1. Place the flour, cocoa and salt into a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl place the warm milk and castor sugar, stir to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk mixture and set aside to foam for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes stir the yeast until dissolved.
  5. Make a well in the flour and pour in the yeast mixture and beaten egg.
  6. Stir the dough until well combined, then turn out onto a lightly floured bench and knead until smooth for 5 to 8 minutes.
  7. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover and leave to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
  8. Meanwhile make the ganache to glaze the doughnuts.
  9. Place each kind of chocolate in a separate small bowl.
  10. Heat the cream and pour half over the dark chocolate, stir until the chocolate has all melted and is smooth in consistency.
  11. Mix the matcha powder with the remaining half of the warm cream and add to the white chocolate. Continue to stir until the white chocolate has all melted and the ganache is green and smooth and set aside.
  12. Knock the dough back and form the dough into 24 small even sized balls.
  13. Using either a floured index finger or the handle of a wooden spoon create the holes in the middle. Make the hole larger than you think is necessary as they do close up as they prove.
  14. Cover with a clean tea towel and let the doughnuts rise for 30 to 40 minutes.
  15. Heat a saucepan of vegetable oil, no more than ¾ full to between 190 deg C and 200 deg C and fry the doughnuts for 1 and a half minutes or until puffed up and slightly darker brown.
  16. Drain on absorbent paper and leave to cool.
  17. Dip the tops of 12 cooled doughnuts into the dark chocolate ganache, and the second half of the donuts into the matcha ganache.
  18. Place the doughnuts on a cookie rack to set and let the extra ganache drain off.
  19. Makes 24 mini doughnuts

Mini Chocolate Matcha Doughnuts



  1. Oh yum! How creative and wonderful!! I just got a stash of Matcha and my head is spinning with all the possibilities! Thanks for taking part!

    Tartelette — Monday 11th February 2008 8:12 pm

  2. Fabulous Bron, hope they tasted nice.

    barbara — Monday 11th February 2008 8:18 pm

  3. Love the way they look! The matcha one even looks healthy, just like an apple. Also love the way you shaped the doughnuts using your finger to make the hole instead of a cutter.

    linda — Monday 11th February 2008 9:24 pm

  4. Those doughnuts look amazing! An original recipe!



    Rosa — Monday 11th February 2008 10:28 pm

  5. These look great!

    Danielle — Tuesday 12th February 2008 2:06 am

  6. Excellent, just excellent! i love matcha and you have used it in a wonderful way!

    anh — Tuesday 12th February 2008 12:43 pm

  7. The colour on those is awesome! They look absolutely delightful!

    brilynn — Tuesday 12th February 2008 1:39 pm

  8. Healthy or not, they look like they just have to be eaten up straight away! Love the colours.

    neil — Tuesday 12th February 2008 3:10 pm

  9. outrageously gorgeous bron! i don’t think you could have found a plate that accents and showcases the matcha donuts better. :-)

    amanda — Tuesday 12th February 2008 5:13 pm

  10. These are the most beautiful doughnuts I have ever seen…really! Alice

    Ali — Wednesday 13th February 2008 4:55 am

  11. wow, they look delicious, how I wish I could have had one of them, well maybe two.. or three!

    ilva — Wednesday 13th February 2008 7:34 am

  12. Over the top again Bron. Wow are those ever impressive looking. Who would have thought green and chocolate! Gorgeous color.
    And so healthy!! Oh, yeah!

    MyKitchenInHalfCups — Wednesday 13th February 2008 10:31 pm

  13. Thanks Helen, it was a fun event, I have two tins of matcha to play with also, will look forward to seeing what you decide to make with yours.

    Hi Barbara, thanks the girls really loved them, oh who am I kidding?! I enjoyed them too!

    Thank you Linda, they do look a bit like apples! hehe

    Thanks heaps Rosa, Danielle and Anh

    Brilynn, Neil; thank you, the colour sure is gorgeous and lovely to photograph

    Thank you so much Amanda, it was a bit of a fluke, I didn’t know if it was going to work well or not, hehe, so I’m very pleased!

    Hi Alice, thank you so so much!

    Hehe thanks Ilva, I’d love to send you some

    Hi Tanna, thanks heaps for your lovely comments

    bron — Thursday 14th February 2008 9:48 am

  14. Hi Bron,
    Delicious looking doughnuts .Never used matcha before.thanks for sharing.

    vineela — Thursday 14th February 2008 1:51 pm

  15. I came over from Tartelette’s Blog cause your donuts immediately caught my eye. These look so darn YUMMY! Really liked your donut entry. And I have matcha sitting in my pantry right now, hmmmm

    Tempered Woman — Sunday 17th February 2008 3:22 am

  16. Hi,
    What a beautiful blog you have! You donughts look amazing. I have been wanting to try Matcha powder, I ‘ve seen a lot of recipes using it lately.

    Katia — Sunday 17th February 2008 6:51 am

  17. Wow! It looks like delicious. I’m sure that its really delicious.

    wilfred — Sunday 17th February 2008 3:57 pm

  18. Wow! These are definitely one of the most beautiful and tempting doughnuts I’ve seen in this event! Great blog and great photos, by the way.

    Miri — Monday 18th February 2008 11:41 am

  19. These are absolutely amazing. Gorgeous colors, gorgeous flavors. Simple awesome.

    Cheryl — Tuesday 19th February 2008 5:12 am

  20. So inventive…what great doughnuts!

    peabody — Tuesday 19th February 2008 6:25 pm

  21. I have a stash of matcha I picked up last fall, but have yet to even open the packet. I was initially planning to drink it, but I don’t know now … these look REALLY good!

    Tania — Sunday 24th February 2008 2:45 am

  22. Oh wow those donuts look good. I love both the ways in which you’ve decorated them. That ganache looks very lickable! :-D

    Y — Saturday 22nd March 2008 10:29 am

  23. hi they look fab!! but can u tell me what matcha?? and would i be able to buy it in ireland?? lol that sounds silly but i really wanna make them dohnuts!!

    Tamara — Tuesday 16th March 2010 7:50 am

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