It’s once again time for tea on the other side of the world (New Zealand) with our hostess Su. Let me start with my favorite tea quote, favorite because it covers two of my great loves and is by someone I greatly admire and respect, C.S. Lewis. It also happens to be the tagline to my emails.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis

But wait! We can’t just have tea, we must have goodies! Today I’ve made baked whole wheat doughnuts from Sarah Phillips’ Healthy Oven Baking Book. I’d like to include the recipe, but as I don’t see it online and I haven’t asked for permission, I won’t. You can find other baked doughnut recipes online, though, and if they use whole wheat pastry flower, you’ll get more fiber than if you use all-purpose flour and the taste will be good as well. These also use applesauce, are low-fat, and my whole family will vouch for the flavor. I bake them in mini-bundt pans so that they look mostly like actual doughnuts.

“A cup of tea would restore my normality.” [Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Screenplay]”
― Douglas Adam

I’m serving on and in Imari ware.

Imari ware (Japanese: 伊万里焼, Hepburn: Imari-yaki) is a Western term for a brightly-coloured style of Arita ware (有田焼, Arita-yaki) Japanese export porcelain made in the area of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū. They were exported to Europe in large quantities, especially between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century.

Typically Imari ware (in the English use of the term) is decorated in underglaze blue, with red, gold, black for outlines, and sometimes other colours, added in overglaze. In the most characteristic floral designs most of the surface is coloured, with “a tendency to overdecoration that leads to fussiness”. Wikipedia

All right! Enough talk. Let’s eat, drink, and be merry! Although we may not have many rainy days in the desert, I’m all for this:

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”
― Bill Watterson
, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

((Hot summer days are well spent this way too.)

(Full disclosure: Su’s tea time starts Thursday, but as it’s New Zealand, that’s still Wednesday here. Besides, I have doors to open on Thursdays.)

  1. I am joining you for tea on this side of the world!!

  2. I love that quote! I have a little book of teatime quote and the one you shared isn’t in it! I love that one and am writing it down and adding it to my little book.

    I’ve been enjoying store-bought orange and cranberry scones with my tea of late. Your little tea cakes homemade would be wonderful and on your service ware even better!

    I lift my cuppa to you…tea makes everything better! ❤😀

  3. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    Your title mentioned tea and Valerie perked up and said, “Did someone say tea?”



  4. peggyjoan42 says:

    Love the quote by C.S. Lewis. Here’s to a good cup of tea and a great book. Pass me a doughnut.

  5. beth says:

    I’m having tea right with you

  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    Such pretty dishes to serve a doughnut that would pair very nicely with my morning coffee. So even though I definitely didn’t need the calories, I virtually indulged in 2 of them. Delicious!! 😃

  7. Thanks for that delicious tea and pastry.

  8. Sue says:

    Love the Imari ware!

  9. What cute little baked doughnuts! Definitely a worthy treat, and so creative that you were able to repurpose your mini bundt pan to give them the right shape.

  10. Dan Antion says:

    Great quotes and the donuts look pretty good.

  11. Irene says:

    Lovely treats and serving ware!

  12. I’m in love with your Imari, Janet. Your doughnuts are perfectly formed too.

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  14. That looks just perfect ☕️ 🌿

  15. marianallen says:

    They look delicious! My husband would probably love them. Me, I think healthy violates the whole concept of “donuts”. Donuts are just a delivery system for sugar and grease. heh. But those look like they would make me change my mind entirely! Yum.

    • I know what you mean and I do love a good glazed doughnut or apple fritter periodically, but I can enjoy these just as much and feel good about it. That’s the joy of these doughnuts: they have little sugar and because they’re baked, virtually no fat, all of which makes them…well, virtuous. And delicious to boot!

  16. restlessjo says:

    Well, they look good, Janet, but did you mention apple sauce as an ingredient, or did I misunderstand? That’s a failing of mine 🙂 🙂

  17. Resa says:

    Ohh, I like the mini bundt pan idea. Thank you!
    Have a great cuppa!

    • I have a potta every day in my cuppa. 🙂 Just finishing today’s pot. The mini bundt pans are great and you could make muffins in them which would look more like cake or doughnuts. Then top with fresh fruit and maybe some cream whipped without much sugar and you have an attractive and delicious dessert. 🙂 I’ve done that with the doughnuts I mentioned and it was delicious.

  18. A beautifully set tea place! Thank you for sharing your delicious donuts on your lovely Imari plate & cup: I have never seen this sort of porcelain before – lovely!

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