earl grey mochi donut
ingredients

I absolutely love fall. I love how the weather turns slightly colder, making the mornings crisp and clear. And how it’s slightly more acceptable to hang out under my blanket holding a cup of hot chocolate past noon. (Not that I would ever not do that on weekends lol) And of course I love the food. When I think fall food, I think comforting noodle soups, apples, cinnamon, and earl grey. Earl grey is probably one of my favorite fall ingredients. I usually drink it in tea form but my favorite way of having this stuff is in my desserts! That’s why I created an amazing earl grey mochi donut recipe this week to satisfy my earl grey cravings. For more fall donuts, check out my apple cider mochi donut!

What is earl grey tea?

Earl grey tea is something I’ve always enjoyed drinking, but I didn’t know much about it so I took the time to do some research on it this week. Earl grey tea is considered a tea blend consisting of tea flavored with oil of bergamot.  It is usually made of black tea but in recent years people have been using oolong and green teas to make it. I used a variation of earl grey for this recipe called cream earl grey which is earl grey with some vanilla. It’s less intense flavor wise compared to normal earl grey tea which I love.

You can get earl grey tea loose leaf or in tea bags, but there is a difference in flavor between the two. Loose leaf teas are made of whole tea leaves which adds better flavor compared to tea bags which are made of cut leaves. You should be able to use earl grey tea bags for this recipe, but just know the flavor will be different. Use 1 tea bag to steep and use 1 to grind into powder.

Making sure the earl grey flavor comes through

One of the biggest difficulties I had was making sure the subtle earl grey flavor came through. The first time I tested these donuts I couldn’t taste the earl grey flavor at all. In addition, the lemon glaze I pair this donut with was overwhelming it, so I decided to add some ground up earl grey tea to the batter to bring out the flavor more. I used my trusty spice grinder for this. This Krups spice grinder has to be the best $20 purchase I’ve ever made. Here is another one I love too for a similar price.

earl grey mochi donuts

Why did I make a lemon glaze

When I thought about what glaze to make to pair with these earl grey mochi donuts I had a load of ideas. First I thought lavender and then I thought maybe a simple vanilla glaze. Eventually, I landed on lemon. A lemon glaze goes well with earl grey, and it adds a bit of brightness to these donuts. Plus the taste of sugar and lemon together is heavenly. If you don’t love the taste of lemon, like I mentioned above a lavender or vanilla glaze will work too!

early grey mochi donuts

Making these earl grey donuts

These mochi donuts are so easy to make. Here are the directions!

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Heat the milk in a sauce pan for about a minute. Once milk is warm, pour over earl grey tea and let steep for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the rice flour, baking powder, and earl grey tea powder. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the butter, vanilla extract, and sugar. Add in the eggs and whisk until combined. Finally, add in the earl grey milk from step 2 and whisk.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to combine until you get a thick dough.
  • Spoon the dough into a pastry bag or use a ziplock bag to pipe the dough into a donut pan. I used a donut pan with donut molds that are 3 inches in diameter.
  • Grease the donut pan. Pipe your batter into the donut molds.
  • Bake for about 7-9 minutes.
  • Make the glaze. Add all the ingredients for the glaze into a small bowl and whisk together.
  • Once the donuts are out of the oven, cool for 20 minutes.
  • Dip donuts into the glaze and put them on a cooling rack to dry. It should take about 20 minutes for the glaze to fully dry.
early grey mochi donuts
final result
earl grey mochi donuts

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earl grey mochi donut

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Earl Grey Mochi Donuts

These mochi donuts have the subtle flavors of earl grey tea and lemon zest, and the texture of mochi,
4.47 from 28 ratings

Ingredients
 
 

Earl Grey Mochi Donut

Lemon Glaze

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Heat the milk in a sauce pan for about a minute. Once milk is warm, pour over earl grey tea and let steep for 10 minutes. 
  • In a large bowl, mix together the rice flour, baking powder, and earl grey tea powder. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the butter, vanilla extract, and sugar. Add in the eggs and whisk until combined. Finally, add in the earl grey milk from step 2 and whisk.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to combine until you get a thick dough.
  • Spoon the dough into a pastry bag or use a ziploc bag to pipe the dough into a donut pan. I used a donut pan with donut molds that are 3 inches in diameter.
  • Grease the donut pan. Pipe your batter into the donut molds.
  • Bake for about 7-9 minutes.
  • Make the glaze. Add all the ingredients for the glaze into a small bowl and whisk together.
  • Once the donuts are out of the oven, cool for 20 minutes.
  • Dip donuts into the glaze and put them on a cooling rack to dry. It should take about 20 minutes for the glaze to fully dry.

Notes

Use a spice grinder to break down loose leaf earl grey tea into powder form.
Serving: 1donut, Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 110mg, Potassium: 79mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 1mg
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