Mint Leaf Doughnuts with Matcha Icing

Hello Lovely,

Ever since starting the keto diet in May, I haven't even touched a doughnut! I loooooove doughnuts but I couldn't buy them any more. And with the past few months being as hectic as they were, I definitely didn't have time to make any. So when I saw a recipe for Mint Leaf Cake in my new cook book, Cakes by Melissa: Life is What You Bake It, I couldn't resist trying it in doughnut form! I have a mint plant that has miraculously survived this gruesome weather so I was really excited to finally use it for something other than a mojito.

Just like Melissa, I'm not one for peppermint (unless I have an upset stomach) but I do love fresh mint! Although the original recipe didn't call for matcha icing, I just decided it would be a good fit; probably because they're both green. This recipe is enough to make 12 mini doughnuts (baked) and 6 muffins. I did make a few adjustments to the recipe though. For the doughnuts, there was no way I was putting 2 cups of sugar in it and topping it icing; that's waaaaaaay too much sugar. So I used 1 instead. I also felt the matcha frosting wasn't sweet enough by itself (matcha leaves a strong after taste) so I added 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and that did the trick, but the sugar didn't dissolve as well as I needed it to. I didn't use all of the mint leaves required because I thought it was excessive since the scent was so strong while mixing, but after baking, I couldn't taste the mint at all, so that may have been a mistake. So I'm still listing the full recipe as is, and you guys can make any adjustments you need.
 

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Mint Leaf Doughnuts with Matcha Icing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ⅓ cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 ¾ cups whole milk

Matcha Icing

  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ¾ cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 drop green food colouring

Instructions

  1. Have all your ingredients at room temperature. With a hand mixer or food processor, combine the sugar and mint leaves and process until the leaves are completely incorporated.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease your doughnut pan with non-stick spray.
  3. With a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter for 1 minute on high speed, then scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  4. Add the sugar-mint mixture to the butter and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
  5. With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl midway through.
  6. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
  7. With the mixer on low speed, add half the flour mixture. When it's mostly incorporated, add half the milk. Add the remainder of the dry and wet ingredients, scraping the sides of the bowl between additions. Stop mixing as soon as you have a smooth batter.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the middle feels springy when you gently press your finger against it ( approx. 15-20 or 20-25 minutes). Let the doughnuts cool completely before icing.
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Matcha Icing: 1. With a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the butter on high speed for 1 minute. Add the vanilla and whip just to incorporate.

2. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the confectioner's sugar and matcha powder 1 cup at a time, until completely incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl between additions.

3. Add the salt and the food colouring and whip on high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.

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I really hope you guys try this recipe. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them! Share your thoughts in the comment section below! And if you do try it, don't forget to tag #LifeByOlivia when you share it!