We Put Vegan and Regular Matcha Green Tea Donuts to the Test
It’s NATIONAL DONUT DAY — a day Brit + Co celebrates far more often than once a year. As self-proclaimed donut aficionados, we decided to have a taste test of our most coveted treats. And by taste test, we mean an ultimate vegan versus regular donut face-off. Because Matcha Green Tea has been popping up everywhere (in breakfast foods, snacks and energy-boosting recipes), we thought it would be the perfect unique flavor for this very serious competition. Scroll down to see which was the winner! Oh, and one last important PSA: Here are all the places you can get FREE donuts today.
— 1 1/4 cups flour
— ½ cup sugar
— 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
— 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
— 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
— ⅔ cup melted coconut oil
— ½ cup milk
— 1 egg
— ½ teaspoon white vinegar
— ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a donut pan using butter or oil. This batter will make about 12 regular-sized donuts.
2. Whisk all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and matcha powder) together in a bowl.
3. In another bowl, mix together your wet ingredients (coconut oil, milk, egg, white vinegar and vanilla). Pour your wet mixture in with the dry mixture and stir until combined.
4. Now put the batter into a piping bag. We put one corner of a large Ziploc® bag into a tall glass and used a spatula to pour the mixture into the bag. Seal it up with no air, snip off a small triangle in the corner and begin piping into a donut pan. We did a mix of mini and regular-size donuts. Fill the donut pan with batter — no need to leave space in each slot.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
6. After your donuts are done baking, let them cool completely on a cooling rack before icing.
VEGAN MATCHA GREEN TEA DONUTS
— 2 cups all-purpose flour
— 1/2 cup sugar
— 2 teaspoons baking powder
— 2-3 Tablespoons matcha green tea powder
— 1/2 teaspoon salt
— 1/3 cup applesauce
— 3/4 cup non-dairy milk or water (I used almond milk)
— 1/3 cup oil
— 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a donut pan using (vegan) butter or coconut oil. This batter will make about 12 regular-sized donuts.
2. Whisk all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and matcha powder) in a bowl.
3. In another bowl, mix together your wet ingredients (applesauce, water, vinegar and oil). When combined, pour your wet mixture in with the dry mixture and stir until completely incorporated and smooth.
4. Now put the batter into a piping bag. Put one corner of a large Ziploc® bag into a tall glass and use a spatula to pour the mixture into the bag. Seal it up with no air, snip off a small triangle in the corner and begin piping into a donut pan. We also did a mix of mini and regular-size donuts for the vegan version.
5. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
6. Let cool completely on a cooling rack before icing.
MATCHA GREEN TEA ICING GLAZE
— 4 cups powdered sugar
— 4-5 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
— 6-8 Tablespoons hot water
Mix together the powdered sugar and matcha powder in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of hot water at a time until you reach your desired icing consistency. Look for a thick but syrupy consistency. If it’s too thin, add a little more powdered sugar; if it’s too thick, add a little more hot water.
Dip a donut into the matcha green tea glaze, swirl it around to coat the top, then set it down icing side up. Pro Tip: Lay parchment paper under a cooling rack to catch any icing drippings.
3. Sprinkle any toppings onto the top of the donut before the glaze sets. We used sprinkles on our vegan donuts and green tea KitKats and Green Tea Pocky (that our Executive Creative Director, Anjelika, brought back from her travels to Japan!) on our regular donuts.
YUM. Now, which one was the winner?!
Vegan donuts! Winning by a small margin of one vote, our vegan donuts seem to have the best texture and matcha green tea flavor. Ten extraordinary tasters brought their A-game and gave some honest feedback. Comments about our vegan donuts included, “sweet and delish,” “more sweet and moist, tastes more like a donut,” “moist and FLUFFY” and “matcha flavor more pronounced.” Our regular matcha donuts elicited comments like “more flavor,” “little more coconut-y,” “less dense than the other one” and “KitKat topping for the win.”
This donut gallery wall though…
Love these mini donuts? Check out this recipe for mini rainbow donuts!
Author: Anita Yung
DIY Production + Styling: Anita
Photography: Brittany Griffin
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com