It’s finally friday again, Yes! I hope you are in the mood for some doughnuts (or is it donuts? what’s the difference?)! Ha! I say that like it’s possible to not be in the mood for a doughnut. What a ridiculous notion.
The entire first year we have lived here I was never able to find chai at the stores (sad face). I know it can be made at home but I’m the only one in my family who likes to drink it and I hate making things specifically for me so I’ve just never gotten around to it. That’s why I was so excited the other day when my mom found some. I’ve been drinking it on chilly mornings and enjoying every sip.
So I think it’s obvious where the inspiration for these doughnuts came from. I know I just said that no one in my house likes chai but what I should have said was that no one like chai tea. Now chai doughnuts are a totally different matter. I mean, come on, doughnuts! Enough said.
The kids thought they tasted like pumpkin spice, which they are very similar. I used chai spices and black tea rather than using actual chai because I’m rationing my chai. That’s the thing about finding a new product here. You may never see it again so don’t get too attached.
Anyway, these doughnuts are so good! Even if you aren’t a huge fan of chai I think you’d still like them because the flavors are more mild in doughnut form and when you top these with that sweet vanilla bean icing…….mmmmmmm!
- 2 eggs
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon each of: cloves, ginger, and cardamom
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup boiling water + 1 black tea bag (reserve 1/4 cup for icing)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 reserved black tea
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- scrapings from 2 vanilla beans (or 1 teaspoon extract)
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease 1 or 2 non-stick doughnut pans with oil.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together butter and sugar. Whisk in eggs, 1/2 cup black tea, and milk. Add all other ingredients for doughnuts and stir until well mixed.
- Spoon batter into doughnut pan and fill each doughnut to the line. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Stir together ingredients for icing and spread desired amount on doughnuts. Allow icing to dry before serving.