A few weeks ago I met up with my friend Linda who I befriended this summer at a wonderful food photography workshop here in Boston. We have both been eagerly practicing our food styling and photographing since the workshop (i.e. we are major food dorks!) and decided to join forces to whip up, style, and photograph some beautiful baked donuts. After perusing some recipes online, we decided to bake these matcha green tea donuts and baked nutella donuts. Linda bought most of the ingredients (I brought the sprinkles!) and we convened at her lovely house on an overcast Sunday afternoon (perfect for photographing!). She had just visited Mryth ceramics in Allston, MA so we had some gorgeous bowls and plates for styling. I also brought along a few pieces from Ogusky Ceramics (@botonpotter) to round out the setup.
First up were the matcha green tea donuts. We had a little extra help from Linda’s dog, Elsie, to make these 🙂 Who knew dogs loved green tea donut batter?
I have to admit that we were a bit skeptical of the green tea donuts at first. They were a bit hard to get out of the pan and about half were deemed “unphoto worthy” after removal.
After we ruined a few more donuts trialling different glaze dipping strategies, we finally found a method that was both delicious and aesthetically pleasing. We recommend dipping the side that was not face down agains the pan while baking, otherwise the glaze sticks into all the nooks and crannies of the baked donut and doesn’t look great.
The final product was insanely delicious and quite pretty..if you like teenage mutant ninja turtle green 🙂
Next we moved on to the Nutella baked donuts. We were in a bit of a rush to finish these because it was the first day after daylight saving time and we realized sunset was fast approaching! These baked up perfectly round and were much easier to remove from the pan. We went a little overboard decorating them with sprinkles and then ran upstairs to take advantage of the little remaining sunlight. Luckily we were able to get a few shots in before it grew dark.
While these donuts were the cuter of the pair, our favorite was the matcha green tea donuts. Linda is already working on tweaking the matcha donut recipe!
One other exciting thing that came from our donut making endeavor was that I got my first repost by Food52!!!!
Find the donut recipes here:
Have any of you tried baked donuts? What did you think? Any favorites?