Baked Chai Spiced Doughnuts

*Baked Chai Spiced Doughnuts*
Makes 6

Spiced just right and much lower in fat than traditional fried donuts!  Moreishly delish.

140g of plain flour (1 cup)
6 TBS golden caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
pinch ground cloves
6 TBS buttermilk
1 large free range egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla essence
1 TBS melted butter

For the glaze:
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 to 2 TBS milk
70g of sifted icing sugar
1 tsp powdered Chai Spice Tea mix
Sprinkles to decorate (optional)

Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.  Spray a 6 cup sized non-stick doughnut baking tin with some low fat cooking spray.  Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and all of the spices.  Whisk together the egg, buttermilk, vanilla and melted butter.  Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just mixed and no dry areas remain.  Pipe or spoon the batter into the prepared doughnut baking tray, filling the indentations 2/3 full.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the centre of one comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan for several minutes before carefully turning them out onto a wire rack.

Whisk the glaze ingredients together until smooth.  Spoon this glaze over the doughnuts while they are still warm, sprinkling with sprinkles as desired.  Store in an air-tight container.
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