It hasn’t quite reached sweater weather over here in my pocket of Southern California, it’s in the 100’s today! Every time I see my Chicago friends posting adorable photos of fall outfits and warms cups of coffee and I feel a little bit sad. But I will somehow have to find a way to push forward, and what better way than with a batch of Baked Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts and a cup of coffee? Halloween has never been a big holiday at my house (we live for Thanksgiving and Christmas), but I feel like these doughnuts kind of look like they’re dressed for Halloween. The unconventional grey tint of the black sesame base covered in the green icing reminds me of Frankenstein. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but I tried! Bottom line, these Baked Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts are the perfect for anyone who doesn’t like overly sweet treats (like The Husband).
Black sesame is one of those ingredients that scares people—especially if you’re unfamiliar with the flavor. Admittedly, it’s an acquired taste given it’s nutty, savory flavor profile. It’s often used in Asian desserts as a garnish, but also as the primary flavor for things like pudding, bread, or small cakes. And matcha’s slightly nutty and earthy flavor profile is the perfect complement. For those of you who are unfamiliar with matcha, it’s actually quite bitter in its purest form. Matcha powder, like cocoa beans, isn’t naturally sweet, but it’s heaven when you add a bit of cream, butter, and sugar (I mean, what isn’t?).
In the past, I’ve shared some Asian-inspired desserts on this blog, like my Baked Double Matcha Doughnuts, Baked Ube Coconut Doughnuts, Pandan Madeleines, and Red Bean Mochi Waffles. Some people dismiss Asian flavors like matcha or ube as a “trend” and some have never had it before. I will concede that Asian flavors like matcha and ube have enjoyed the spotlight for a while now, and I totally understand if you haven’t tried it before, but I would encourage all of you to give new flavors a try. The bottom line is this: Just because its “trendy” now, doesn’t mean it’s any less valid as an ingredient with history and cultural significance. Maybe you’ll discover something new that you like. So give these Baked Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts a try and let me know what you think!
Yields 12 doughnuts
20 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) Butter
- 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Black Sesame Seed Paste
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 large Eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
- 2 2/3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Whole Milk
- 1/2 cup Whole Milk
- 1 ½-2 cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Matcha Powder
- 2 tablespoons Black Sesame Seeds
- Sprinkles for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two standard doughnut pans.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil, black sesame seed paste, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs, beating to combine.
- Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and almond extract.
- Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
- Pipe the batter (using a pastry bag) into the lightly greased doughnut pans, filling the wells to about 1/4" shy of the rim.
- Bake the doughnuts for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven, and wait 5 to 7 minutes before turning them out of the pans onto a rack. Enjoy warm; or cool completely, and store airtight.
- Combine 1½ cups of powdered sugar, matcha powder, and milk in a medium-size bowl. Stir well until all powdered sugar is incorporated.
- Add more powdered sugar till mixture is a thick, dip-able glaze.
- Dip doughnut tops into glaze and place on a wire cooling rack until glaze is set.
- Sprinkle the tops of the glazed doughnuts with black sesame seeds before the glaze sets on the cooling rack (optional).
Adapted from Baked Doughnuts by King Arthur Flour
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