One of the best things about traveling abroad is the goods that you get to bring back home. Before heading to Japan, I made a list of souvenirs I had to purchase, including, at the top of the list, matcha powder. I’ve been slightly obsessed with all green tea flavored desserts and was determined to score top-notch matcha powder to create some of those treats at home. Since Tokyo is equally obsessed with matcha, it wasn’t hard to find. Now back in the States, I finally put that powder to use and created my first dessert, matcha beignets. Beignets are one of my favorite type of donuts, so why not combine my love for green tea with donuts and create one super dessert? 

matcha beignet
matcha beignet
matcha beignet

Matcha Beignets

Yields about 30 beignets


2 hr, 45 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups lukewarm water (100-110 degrees F)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour, divided
  • 2 tbsp cup shortening
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened matcha powder

Instructions

  1. Combine water with sugar and yeast and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes or until the yeast has bloomed.
  2. Whisk together eggs with milk and salt. Measure 2 cups of bread flour in a large bowl and add the egg mixture, yeast mixture, and shortening. Mix until well combined, slowly adding the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour. Knead dough until smooth, about 5-7 minutes. Oil a large mixing bowl and transfer dough to the bowl, turning to coat in the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours or until doubled in size. 
  3. Preheat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees F.
  4. Mix the powdered sugar with matcha in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  5. Punch down the dough. Dust a clean work counter with flour and roll out the dough into 2x2 inch squares, about 1/4 inch thick. Carefully deep fry the dough in batches, flipping constantly until they become golden brown. Remove beignets with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining dough. Dust generous amount of matcha sugar onto the beignets and serve while warm. 
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

Beignets are a French fried dessert served with a mountain of powdered sugar. Brought over to New Orleans from the French colonists, this dessert (or breakfast) has gained so much popularity that it is now the official doughnut of Louisiana. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating at the famous Cafe du Monde, you know why people go crazy over these fritters. 

In doing some research, I realized that bread flour is the ideal flour for making doughnuts over all-purpose. What’s the difference? The more protein the flour has, the more elastic the dough, the more air is trapped in the dough, and the airier the doughnut! If you’re looking to make a cake type doughnut, switch to all-purpose.

Once the dough has proofed, roll it out and cut into squares. I wanted mine to be a little bigger than bite size so I cut them into 2×2 inch squares. 

matcha beignet

When frying the beignets, make sure to flip them constantly. Doing this will allow the doughnut to color evenly without turning too dark.

Dust a heavy amount of the match powdered sugar mix and bite into those glorious matcha beignets. The beignet itself is airy but still has substance while the matcha powder adds the perfect sweetness. I loved the subtle green tea flavor, making this dessert extra special. I served mine with two dipping sauces: chocolate and vanilla bean. Now if only I can stop eating them…

matcha beignet

matcha beignet

 

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