These donuts happened because I was having company for tea and wanted something small and dainty, just enough satisfy a sweet tooth.  Delicately scented with rose, with hints of green tea leaf and a white chocolate glaze, they turned out to be absolutely delicious, even when served unembellished.  But then there were some extras and with Mother's Day around the corner, it seemed like a perfect excuse to dress them up and out came the piping tips:)

There was a time when armed with a couple of Wilton cake decorating courses, I would make really elaborate cakes.....especially for birthdays in the family.  Teddy Bears, Thomas the Tank Engine, Big Bird, A Candy truck with Clowns, Vegetable Gardens, Flower Baskets....and I had so much fun making them.  But slowly over time, the cakes became simpler and eventually, the cake decorating tools made it to the back of the drawer.  Many times I thought of donating them or putting them up in a yard sale but part of me wanted to hang on to them just in case:)

I guess I was thinking back on some of those times and the urge to make buttercream and pipe away was too strong to resist :)  Since the donuts are so small, I wanted to do something very simple but girly and without using too much buttercream.

The donuts themselves are super simple to make.  Almost one-bowl - basically whip the eggs, add the other ingredients and then spoon into the donut pan.  They come out of the oven with an absolutely amazing texture - light and airy with flecks of green tea and rose petals.

And the white chocolate glaze with just a touch of rose water gives them such a delicate flavor.  But you could pick any glaze or frosting of your choice and if let your creativity take over to make your own interpretations with buttercream!

So a very happy Mother's Day to everyone and hope you have a donut ...or two, or something equally delicious to celebrate!

Green Tea-Rose Donuts

Makes 12 mini donuts

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1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond flour (or use all-purpose)
3/4 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
a large pinch nutmeg
1 tsp green tea with rose petals (or any other tea of your choice)*
1 egg, room temperature
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/8 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp honey
3 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp rose water

1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped
2-3 tbsp heavy cream
1/4 tsp rose water

Preheat the oven to 350 F

Melt the 3 tbsp of butter and grease the donut pan well.  Keep aside.

In a small bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

In another bowl, add the rest of the melted butter and the egg and mix well with a fork.

Add the yogurt, honey, milk and rose water.  Crush the green tea-rose mix in your plams and add to the mixture.

Slowly sift in the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.  Do not overmix.

Add about a tbsp of the batter in each of the compartments.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown

Cool in the pan for ten minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Dip in glaze when completely cool.


Heat the heavy cream in the microwave until almost boiling.  It took 30 seconds in my microwave.

Add the rosewater, mix and pour over the white chocolate.  Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Stir well and dip the donuts .  Let them dry a bit on a cooling rack.

*  I used a ready-made tea mix but you can make your own by mixing 1/2 tsp of green tea (not matcha) with 1/2 tsp edible dried rose petals.



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