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Baked matcha donuts are covered in a gingery glaze for a wake-you-up breakfast.
I’m surrounded by a lot of really talented people on a daily basis. While most of this is online interaction, there’s no doubt that my friends and colleagues are crushing it. These folks inspire me, make me plan and dream — and simultaneously cause me to abuse myself with doubt and presumed failure.
Through no fault of their own, my amazing friends’ accomplishments often make me question myself. Why am I not doing that? Why do I have nothing to show for the work I’m putting in?
It’s a bit of a lie, of course, because I have plenty of things to show for my success in this strange, always-evolving world of online writing. But I don’t have THE thing, whatever that thing is on that particular day, be it a book deal or half a million page views.
Am I jealous that a friend gets invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to the islands? OF COURSE I AM. But my jealousy doesn’t preclude her deserving the trip; after all, she’s done the work to get to that point in her career where free trips happen. Maybe my kind of work doesn’t lead to that.
And that’s the crux of it. Even though we all know “comparison is a thief of joy,” you can’t help but do it, especially among your peers in the same industry. Figuring out what my thing is — that’s the key.
My thing is not posting sweet, decadent treats day after day. It’s not grabbing on to a specific diet trend. It’s not about being a picture-perfect mom with a singular pose for every snapshot, nor is it about becoming a local A-lister.
My thing is honesty. My thing is not to present you with a life that is spiffed up and shiny, because that’s not my life. My life is messy, my brain is messy. I spend too many hours of the day staring out the window and too many hours of the night working because my brain can’t shut off.
I maybe can’t keep my life and my mind on balance, but those friends, the same ones who inspire awe and doubt? They settle me. They give me toeholds for the next level. We create a woven net, so I know there is always someone to catch me. And no matter where I am in my career, at least I have that.
When I was testing this baked matcha donuts recipe I was certain the kids would turn up their noses. Aside from being green, matcha has a somewhat bitter taste, and the gingered glaze added another unfamiliar flavor.
To my surprise, both kids gobbled up their donuts and requested more later that day, which is a success in my house. If you’ve never tried baking with matcha, these donuts are a great way to get started.
You can adjust the amount of matcha in the recipe to suit your tastes, but I do recommend making the ginger glaze. The combination of bitter, sweet, and spicy makes for a wonderful departure from the standard breakfast.
If you like a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar, but I encourage you to try these without extra sugar.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons matcha tea powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup milk, plus 2 teaspoons, divided
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons ginger juice, from one 2- to 3-inch piece of ginger
- Preheat oven to 350°F and generously grease a donut baking pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, matcha, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
- In another bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup milk, egg, and butter until blended. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until all the dry bits are just incorporated.
- Divide the batter among the donut wells and bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool in pan briefly, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
- To make the glaze, whisk together remaining 2 teaspoons milk, powdered sugar and ginger juice until smooth. Use additional sugar or milk to achieve desired consistency. Dip cooled donuts top-side down into glaze or drizzle on with a spoon. Let glaze harden a bit before eating.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g