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 types of donuts, so why not combine my love for green tea with donuts and create one super dessert?

matcha beignets
matcha beignets

matcha beignets

 

Matcha Beignets

2 hr, 45 Total Time

Yields about 30 beignets

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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Combine water with 1 tsp sugar and yeast and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes or until the yeast has bloomed.
  2. Whisk together eggs with evaporated milk and melted butter. Measure 2 cups of bread flour in a large bowl and add the egg mixture, yeast mixture, salt, and dry milk powder. Mix until well combined, slowly adding the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour. Knead dough until smooth, about 5-7 minutes. 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.

cut the dough into bite-size pieces

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.

fried beignets

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. Now if only I can stop eating them…

matcha beignets

 

Looking for someone to come to your house and prepare these dishes for you? It is possible! If you are in Los Angeles and looking for a private chef, please feel free to contact me. For more information, visit Private Kitchen Los Angeles.

 

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