Chai Doughnuts with Ginger-Lime Glaze

Oh boy. Your house is going to be permeated with its wonderful aroma even before the batter is done. This smells so good!

Have you ever made your own chai? I would say chai tea, but it’s redundant, as chai is an Indian based tea made with milk and spices. I will admit, this is the first time I have gone as far as the actual making of chai, though I have used traditional chai spices in other baked goods. Just never seeped in milk.

Since I am bringing the doughnuts, someone bring on the coffee (or tea – though that may be overkill)! This month’s ingredients are black tea and lime. Nothing too crazy thus far during my participation.

Do you ever have one of those days where there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day, but you cannot wait for it to end? Yeah… one of those. Compound it with a cold front littered with giant rain drops and though I wished I had more time to get everything done, it also seemed to stretch out longer than I wanted.

I had little choice, however. Budgeting can be stressful, especially when you need ingredients for something like this and you have to wait until there is a little wiggle room… which happened to be today (Thursday). So not only did I have to go out and do the shopping, but then come home to try a recipe I haven’t made before (and with my track record, it is terrifying).

Got the recipe started as soon as I returned from the store. The Big Guy played Arkham Knight and I found a few minutes to order something online (literally minutes – 6 or so). I just started applying the glaze to the first dozen when it came time to take the boys to baseball. I rushed to take a few pictures and was dashing out the door in shorts and sandals.

It was so wet and cold – the later game really should have been called after the first inning, but they kept us there until the bitter end. We were there from 6 – 10 PM with school still in session and TBG getting a 3 AM wake up call. One of those days for sure.

Now it’s after midnight and I am binge-watching the final season of Buffy and finishing this post while spring rains down upon the earth in torrents. At least I do not have to water my lawn…

…and good thing I nailed this recipe on the first try. Boom. *drops mic*

Chai Doughnuts with Ginger-Lime Glaze

Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease doughnut pan. Makes 2 dozen.

For Doughnuts
  • 2½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp loose black tea – I used Earl Grey, but English Breakfast or Oolong would work too
  • 2-3 whole (large) black peppercorns or 5-6 (small) peppercorns
  • ¼ cup fennel seeds
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ ground cardamom
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Bring the 2½ cup milk to a slow boil and add the tea, peppercorns, fennel seeds, and cinnamon sticks. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cardamom and cloves in a medium-sized bowl until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Once the milk tea mixture has cooled to room temperature, strain through fine mesh sieve. Set aside. (This is the chai and you will only need ¾ cup.)
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, vegetable oil, and sugar until blended. Add the buttermilk, chai, and vanilla until combined. Slowly add flour mixture until just blended. Spoon or pipe into greased doughnut pan.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the donuts have risen and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing the doughnuts. 
  6. Put on wire rack and allow to cool completely before dipping in glaze.

For Glaze*

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ⅓ cup Ginger Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1+ cup powdered sugar


  • Juice lime into a bowl, minding the seeds. 
  • Add simple syrup. 
  • Whisk in powdered sugar until it forms a smooth, creamy glaze. 
  • If your glaze is soupy, add more powdered sugar, a little at a time, until consistency is more like cinnamon roll icing. If it’s too thick, add more simple syrup or a dash of milk.

*Because this recipe makes 2 dozen, you may need to double the glaze recipe, but I suggest starting with a single batch first. You will not need to double the simple syrup recipe, only the amount in the glaze.

Ginger Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 small, fresh ginger root, cut into large chunks


  • Combine ginger, sugar and water in saucepan. 
  • Bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. 
  • Strain out ginger slices before using.



10 thoughts on “Chai Doughnuts with Ginger-Lime Glaze

  1. You had me at doughnuts! I made a quick bread with the tea and lime but it certainly cannot hold a candle to these beauties! I am sure they were extremely flavourful too!

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