Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze

Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate GlazeEarl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze

“Her body was wrapped in shadows like moth wings, like rose-petals.” – Stephen King, from the ‘Bag of Bones’

I am notoriously known for never wanting to back down from a delicious home-baked treat. And recently, I’ve found a newer (and arguably kinder) way to treat myself. Cake doughnuts! Baked doughnuts! Whatever you want to call them… they are a culinary revelation in my kitchen.

Have you ever made cake doughnuts? Prior to this, I sure hadn’t. You see in order for me to justify a decadent doughnut treat, it seemed the deep-fried type… should remain the correct way to go. But recently, I found myself finally purchasing a few doughnut pans to add to my ever-expanding bakeware collection. And I’ve been dreaming in doughnuts ever since.

Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze

I do appreciate that everyone has their specific preference, be it fried or baked – but these Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze are a delicious delight, no matter how you choose to take your sweet doughnut treats.

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Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze are an addictive treat, guaranteed to satisfy. Since the particular recipe is baked instead of fried, these doughnuts have a similar texture to a fluffy and moist cake when straight from the oven… making them not only delicious but incredibly easy make. And slightly healthier too (if your keen on that thing).

Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze

I’ve always been a prolific tea drinker, with earl grey leaves being a top contender among the long list of my favourite blends. You could say it’s my drink of choice… so adding the warming flavour into these doughnuts was a natural choice.

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Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze taste like heaven and truly pack a powerful punch. The doughnuts are light, moist, and buttery… and are the very definition of delicious. The earl grey leaves in the batter elevates these doughnuts to a higher flavour territory and the generous addition of a vibrant pomegranate pink glaze, that’s paired with just a hint of balsamic vinegar, makes these doughnuts just a bit more special too. I also added a little earl grey infused shortbread crunch – to really make these doughnuts shine.

Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze

I’ll leave it up to your personal preference and tastes but you could forgo the pomegranate and glaze these doughnuts in any other type of citric flavouring you desire – be it blood orange, lemon or even zesty lime. Either way, these Earl Grey Doughnuts will remain delicious.

A cup of milky black tea in one hand and a doughnut in the other is the best way I’ve found myself enjoying these. I’m sure you would feel the same.

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Earl Grey Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze
For the doughnuts:
  • 1 cup / 240 ml / 8.1 oz whole milk
  • Leaves from 2 x Earl Grey tea bags
  • 2 ½ cups / 315 g / 11.1 oz. plain flour
  • 1 ½ cups / 300 g / 10.6 oz. granulated caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup / 1 stick / 115 g / 4.05 oz. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
For the glaze:
  • 1 ¼ - 1 ½ cups confectioners’ (icing) sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp. pomegranate juice
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
For the crumble:
  • Leaves from 1 x Earl Grey tea bag
  • 3 shortbread or scotch finger biscuits
For the doughnuts:
  1. In a medium sized saucepan, bring the milk and tea leaves to a light boil over medium heat. Once the milk is at a rolling boil, remove from the heat and set aside to let the mixture steep and cool completely.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F / 170 C and generously butter 2 x 6-hole doughnut pans. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt and lemon.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, cooled tea milk and butter.
  5. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Pour the doughnut batter into a piping bag (or a plastic zip-lock bag with a corner snipped off) and fill each doughnut hole three-quarters of the way full.
  7. Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes, until they are golden and springy when touched.
  8. Turn out onto a wire rack and allow them to cool completely before glazing and sprinkling with crunch.
For the glaze:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ (icing) sugar, pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, and butter until smooth and able to be drizzled. If the glaze is too thick, adjust by adding a little bit more juice a teaspoon at a time or if the glaze is to thin, add a teaspoon of extra confectioners’ (icing) sugar at a time.
For the crumble:
  1. In a mortar and pestle, or in a small bowl, lightly crush the tea leaves until fragrant. Add in the biscuits and crush until crumbly and combined.
Adapted from Honey and Jam by Hannah Queen

This post is sponsored by Careers Australia.  All words and opinions are of course, considered my own.

  • Miranda September 24, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Earl grey and pomegranate is a wonderful combination of flavors! I’d love to try these out!

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  • Connie December 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    earl grey is my life! these look perfect, i love the colour contrast that the pomegranate lends

  • Eden Passante November 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    These are so pretty and I love the flavor combinations! The color from the pomegranate is great!

  • Emma @ Bake Then Eat November 3, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I switched to baked doughnuts about 18 months ago and have never looked back they are such a great treat and because they are more cake like I find flavouring them with new and exciting flavours easier than traditional fired doughnuts. This is a lovely flavour combo 😀

  • Bec November 3, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Oh my these look fantastic! So pretty. I am a-okay with baked doughnuts in a tray because it mean I can eat two 😉

  • Meagan @ The F&B Department November 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Cake doughnuts are great! I feel slightly less guilty eating them since they’re not fried. These are absolutely gorgeous. I’m loving the earl grey/pomegranate flavor, and I would love to try them with the blood orange flavor as you mentioned.

  • Katie @ Butterlust November 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I waaaay late, but these are SO SO beautiful, Thalia! I’m completely mesmerized by that vibrant pink color!

  • Dani November 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I have a deep love for earl tea. These are a new must try recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    <3 Dani

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  • Sarah | Well and Full October 31, 2015 at 3:52 am

    These donuts are absolutely stunning, Thalia!!

  • Louise | Cygnet Kitchen October 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    You have the most incredible creative imagination, Thalia! These doughnuts are just divine! <3

  • Beeta @ Mon Petit Four October 29, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I love a good cup of earl grey, so I can imagine I would love these! I am also a fan of both fried and baked doughnuts. Cake ones tend to be easier in terms of preparation and mess (or lack thereof), so I tend to bake mine more often than I fry them. The pomegranate glaze sounds divine with the shortbread crunch 😀 Beautiful, Thalia!

  • mjskitchen October 29, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Awesome Donuts!!! I can see using that glaze on a quick bread. YUM!

  • The-FoodTrotter October 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I’m discovering your blog now and I’ve to admit I love the use of pomegranate. This fruit is amazing but pretty rare. Nice idea 🙂

  • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes October 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    many moons ago a recipe of yours inspired me to start infusing my baked goods with earl grey, and I’ve never looked back!!! it adds such delicious depth of flavor, I can only imagine just how damn tasty these donuts must be, not to mention that BEYOND luscious pomegranate glaze!!! that color is everything 🙂

  • Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist October 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    These look incredible! I love the flavors that you chose. Early grey and pomegranate. So great!

  • Pang October 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    These are, by far, the most beautiful doughnuts EVAH!!! I am intrigued by your flavour of Cake doughnuts and your anti-oxidant glaze. <3 <3 <3

  • Rachel | La Pêche Fraîche October 27, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Just utterly stunning, Thalia! Looooove that pink glaze!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    That glaze is so striking, gorgeous doughnuts!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout October 26, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    That pomegranate glaze is beautiful! Pinning 🙂

  • FoodGeekGraze October 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    as you know, i always grab a few of your shares, then cook, then return, then repeat. when i was pinning from your best-in-the-universe account, i saw these doughnuts. earl grey. pomegranate. cake doughnut. yum. yum. yum. thalia, you pulled me back into your realm. thank youuuu!

  • Sam @ SugarSpunRun October 26, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    These are stunning, Thalia! That pomegranate glaze is just gorgeous!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks October 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    These doughnuts are stunning, Thalia! That color! Wow!

  • Oana October 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    These look gorgeous, kind. I’ve never had cakey donuts, just the ones made with yeasted dough, but they sound interesting, definitely something I wanna try when I find the right pans. Well done!

  • Cakespy October 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    What gorgeous little goodies!! I am intrigued by the flavor combo of the deep-dark earl grey with vibrant pomegranate.

  • Sabrina October 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This flavor combination is perfect! Love these doughnuts!

  • Amy October 26, 2015 at 10:04 am

    What a brilliant flavor combination. These doughnuts look absolutely divine!

  • Tori October 26, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Fabulous! Oh, and how completely gorge is that pom glaze! Love it, Thalia!

  • aimee @twiggstudios October 26, 2015 at 8:47 am

    This looks and sounds amazing I love earl Grey and pomegranate xxx

  • Mary October 26, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Your pictures are so beautiful ! This donuts look very delicious and this pink is so pretty 🙂

  • Yuki October 26, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Whoa, I don’t eat doughnuts but these look awesome! I love your photography as well!

  • Maikki // Maikin mokomin October 26, 2015 at 4:04 am

    That pom glaze looks just too cute 🙂

  • Claudia | The Brick Kitchen October 26, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Thalia these are absolutely beautiful!! That combination of Earl Grey and pomegranate is so unique, I love it. Baked doughnuts are something I have never tried, but there are so many gorgeous recipes around at the moment that I think I need to invest in a doughnut tin asap! Stunning photos too – I just want to reach into the screen and grab one <3

  • Andrea | Cooking with a Wallflower October 25, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Oh my gosh, Thalia! These doughnuts look soo gorgeous. I love the color of the pomegranate glaze. I would never have thought to pair Earl Grey with pomegranate, but now I have to try it. Can’t wait!

  • Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) October 25, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    i love tart, citrusy things, so these sound amazing! and the glaze is so vibrantly pink- perfect for all these dreary grey days.