These doughnuts are perfect to serve at your next brunch gathering or as a sophisticated dessert.
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Earl Grey, You Say…
Earl Grey tea seems to be everywhere lately – from cakes to cocktails (if you’ve ever been to Angel’s Share, the cocktail bar in lower Manhattan, perhaps you’ve had their cocktail with Earl Grey infused gin). I guess I’m in luck since I’ve always liked the flavor and when I discovered some Earl Grey doughnut recipes, I had to try them.
With January under way, we are all probably a little burnt out from holiday entertaining and partying, but I think this could be the perfect recipe for a belated New Year’s champagne brunch (I like serving Veuve Clicquot if I’m going with the real deal rather than sparkling wine). Hosting a brunch is the perfect excuse to get friends together for a lazy afternoon of sweets, bubbles, and perhaps some eggs and fruit. I promise these doughnuts are super easy to whip up. I didn’t even need to pull out the Kitchen Aid.
However, if brunch isn’t your thing – serve these for dessert. I think using a flavor that is not traditionally used in a sweet, like Earl Grey tea, really elevates a dessert. For those unfamiliar, Earl Grey is typically made from black teas and is flavored with Bergamot oil. Bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow or green color. They are typically grown in Italy or France. I think Bergamot definitely tastes citrusy, but is on the more floral than sweet side. Some people think Earl Grey tea tastes like potpourri; however, I think it’s delicious.
The recipe for these doughnuts can be found below, but I want to tell you a bit about my trial and error process. Firstly, I used Tazo Earl Grey tea. According to my brother who is an Earl Grey tea connoisseur, it’s the strongest.
Initially, I only let the tea steep in the hot milk for 5 minutes. The original recipe from which I adapted mine recommended this amount. Following this method, I didn’t think the doughnuts had a strong enough Earl Grey flavor. For the second batch, I steeped the tea in the milk for about 15 minutes and this yielded a more prominent Earl Grey flavor. If you only want a small hint of the flavor, perhaps go with the original recipe’s recommendation.
Overall, the finished doughnuts have a light and pleasant Earl Grey flavor which is further enhanced by the sweet blueberry glaze. Hope you enjoy!
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 teabags Tazo Earl Grey tea
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup whole milk heated
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon zest
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray doughnut pans with cooking spray (I used Pam for baking). For the pans, I liked these Wilton non-stick pans from Amazon.
Heat 1/2 cup of milk. In my microwave, I heated it for 1 minute - be careful as it gets very hot. Steep the Earl Grey teabags in the hot milk for 15 minutes. Squeeze the teabags to get the last bit of flavor and remove from milk. Set the milk aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt and whisk gently just to combine.
In another bowl, combine the oil, egg, vanilla extract, and finally the milk (all the wet ingredients). Make sure the milk has cooled a bit. Whisk these ingredients together.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until combined.
Fill the doughnut pan with the batter. Make sure to fill each doughnut to only 2/3 of the way as the doughnuts will rise. I spooned the batter in and felt this worked just fine. You could also pipe the batter into the pan.
Bake the doughnuts for 10-13 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the doughnuts cool (at least 1/2 hour) before glazing.
Put 1/3 cup blueberries in food processor with the lemon zest, 1/4 cup of milk and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract.
Whisk the blueberry mixture into the powdered sugar.
Dip each doughnut into the glaze by pressing the top of each doughnut into the glaze. This is best done in a bowl. Set the doughnuts on a rack or baking sheet so the glaze can harden.
Do you like Earl Grey tea and would you ever try it in a dessert?
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