23 Jul 2014

Mini Cereal Topped Baked Coffee Doughnuts

This month's Blogger's Club held a little surprise for all of us. After a fantastic evening, we were each handed a box of five packets of All Bran High Fibre Muesli and asked to do something with it. If you know much about me, you'll probably know that I am not a breakfast person. Sometimes I don't eat until lunch time (don't tell Amanda) so I was going to have to do something different then just slosh it in a bowl and eat up.
I do have to clarify that it is not breakfast that I dislike, it's the time of day. If you bring me pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos or a danish, I'll cherish you forever but not before 11 please.


I think we can all agree here that there is one breakfast food that has taken off like no one's business and that is doughnuts...or donuts...they taste the same no matter how many letters the word has. They are everywhere, they have their own day in the year. People, doughnuts are fantastic!
And I think I have created the ultimate breakfast doughnut.
Is it a cup of coffee? Is it a bowl of cereal? Is it a glazed doughnut?
It's all of those things!
We're going to be making a coffee doughnut, topping it with lemon glaze and rolling it in our All Bran High Fibre Muesli because that's how legends are born.

Ingredients:
1 Egg
3TBsp Soft Brown Sugar
2TBsp Instant Coffee
1C Milk
1TBsp Dry Active Yeast
1tsp Salt
1tsp Vanilla Extract
2TBsp Butter
Plain White Flour


1// Warm your milk in the microwave. You want the milk to be warm to the touch but not hot because you're gonna pop your dry active yeast in there to get nice and snuggly. Leave it somewhere draft free for five to ten minutes. You'll notice a few bubbles and a yeasty smell.
2// In a bowl (I used a sauce pan because I'm too cool for bowls) whip your milk and yeast mixture with the egg, soft brown sugar, vanilla essence and instant coffee. It'll look a little brown. It's not puddle water, trust me.
3// I used a fork to mix in my flour but you can use a wooden spoon, your fingers or an electric mixer. Totes up to you. You want to add flour about a cup at a time to your mixture. It'll start to pull away from the sides when you have enough flour in there. Depending on climate, time of year and other exciting factors, you may need more or less flour so play it by ear and try to be confident in your decision.
4// Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
5// Knead your dough for 10-20 minutes until the dough becomes elastic and the gluten has developed.
6// Pop your dough back in your bowl (sauce pan) and cover with a clean tea towel before popping it back into your draft free place. Let it get crazy for about 2 hours.
7// Once your dough has doubled in size, roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into doughnut rounds. I rolled my dough to about an inch because I like tall doughnuts and I cannot lie.
8// Cover your doughnuts and let them rise for about 20 minutes.
9// Heat your oven to 200°C and bake your doughnuts for 12-15 minutes.





And now...the lemon glaze!
Grate the zest of a lemon into a bowl, add 1C of icing sugar and then squeeze in the juice of the lemon while stirring. You want a thick consistency that won't be too goopy on the doughnut.
Then the magic happens because you're gonna roll that bad boy in your All Bran High Fibre Muesli. I used the Apricot and Almond flavour but you can use any flavour you like because no one is judging.



BOOM!
You have a breakfast doughnut!
I served this with a cup of coffee and Nutella for dipping.
What's your favourite unusual breakfast food?

18 Jul 2014

10 Foodie Instagramers You Should Follow

Ever since Instagram took off, foodies have known it's a place to start stock piling those photos of all your delicious meals, creations and experiments. After all, if a meal is devoured and leaves no crumbs, was there a meal at all? Well Instagram allows you to keep that meal alive for so much longer people!
I mainly follow foodies on Instagram. I look for new colour schemes, flavour combinations and general inspiration but mostly Instagram just colours my life a little bit. So I thought that perhaps I'd share those with you in case you need a few more Instagramers to follow.

1. Best Friends For Frosting


This cute Instagram isn't just food orientated. There's a little bit of everything for everyone. Melissa has some amazing stuff going on with her Instagram and her blog, from featuring amazing collaborations and guests to making some pretty tasty things herself.

2. brittanywoodphoto


This girl knows how to work with colour in an Instagram shot. I am seriously jealous of her use of colour and her beautiful composition. Every photo makes my mouth water, from Macaroons to sandwiches!

3. elabau


Elizabeth writes the candy section of About.com and she is possibly a genius. An evil genius when she posts photos of her amazing creations, but a genius nonetheless. Her photos are inspiring and her positive attitude and friendly nature is just the icing on her very creative cake.

4. deliciouslyella


This Instagramer was actually recommended to me by Tilly. You'll find some amazing stuff on Ella's Instagram feed and most of it is healthy and gluten free! She shows people that you can eat healthy and still be excited about the food on your plate!

5. sprinklebakes


Heather followed me on Twitter about a year ago and ever since then I have tried to support her in everything she does. Ok, she's kind of a big deal in the blogging world, but she's very personable and she takes the time to interact with her audience which is amazing. Her Instagram is filled with beautiful food photos, cute pugs and the best blonde hair you'll ever see in your life.

6. kristaperez


Krista is another Instagramer who does an assortment of different things. She has some fashion going on, some food and some beauty too. All of her photos are beautifully shot and she definitely understands how to make something appetizing.

7. phoebelapine


Oh lord! This woman spends her life on holiday (not really) in beautiful places (really) eating amazing food (definitely) and she shares it all with you on her Instagram! Phoebe is gluten free, something she deals with on her blog, she's a personal chef and damn good at it and she is the nicest person you'll ever talk to!

8. p0larmilk


This Instagram will make you want to be a better person. Everything is so healthy! And Rebecca shows you how eating well can give you amazing skin (seriously, those selfies are unreal).

9. sayyesblog


If you like homely Instagrams then this is for you! There are family photos, beautifully presented foods and images that will just make you smile! I love the use of colour and the sincerity of Liz's account.

10. tracyshutterbean


You may know her as Joy The Baker's best friend or even the other half of the Joy The Baker podcast but you should really know Tracy for her amazing food, her beautiful photos and her chilled out attitude. I love listening to Tracy's voice in her podcast and whenever I look through her Instagram, I imagine her narrating each photo's story. It's awesome!

Who are your favourite foodie Instagramers?
Do you find inspiration on Instagram for your creations?

16 Jul 2014

5 Awe-Inspiring Caramel Recipes

We went to McDonald's the other day. Like went to McDonald's.
Normally I order a Coke and call it a day, but we ordered actual food. And that food included a caramel sundae. It's the perfect combination of cold, creamy ice cream with a salty yet sweet caramel sauce over the top. And the best part? Eating ice cream in winter means it doesn't melt as soon as it sees the car!
But even if you're not into ice cream the way I am, you can still make these amazing caramel recipes. Caramel is a great winter flavour after all and it goes well with winter spices too. All of that food talk transfers into IT'S DAMN TASTY. So get you some.


Caramel Slices are a Kiwi classic and super simple to make. You can find recipes all over the place but this one from Tasty Recipes posted on the NZGirl site looks like it's maximum benefit for minimum effort.


If you're feeling the chill this winter then a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is the key to success for you! Elizabeth has the most amazing blog with hundreds of delicious recipes but this is one that you'd be a fool to miss out on. Oh and she's super friendly so don't be afraid to say hello.


Know how I said the caramel sauce on top of my ice cream was amazing? Well it's even better if it's inside the ice cream too. You could top this Salted Caramel No Churn Ice Cream with even more caramel sauce or pair it with a dark chocolate and some colourful sprinkles.


How can you smother something with caramel sauce without a caramel sauce recipe? Try out this salted caramel one from Sally's Baking Addiction and if there's any left, you could pop it in some pretty mason jars and gift it to your friends...wait, that's a stupid idea, just wait for everyone to go to bed and eat it out of the jar with a spoon instead.


You may remember this Salted Honey Popcorn I made for NZ National Honey Week in November or you may not, that's cool. Either way, now is the time to dust off this recipe and get making! It's perfect for a cold winter's movie night with your friends and family. The honey make the caramel sauce creamy and the popcorn is crunchy and fresh underneath. There'll be all out family war over this dish.

Would you make any of the above dishes in your kitchen?

The images used above are not mine* and I do not make any claim to them. They have been included for visual purposes only and are a direct representation of the recipes included in this round up.
*Except for the Salted Caramel Popcorn which was developed, made and shot by myself.

4 Jul 2014

Make Up's 7 Deadly Sins Tag

I imagine the blogging world's version of a paint ball day out is a tag. You literally smack people in the face with a tag in order to get to know them better. It's the same as being shot in the arm by a high speed ball of chemicals before going to lunch to compare bruises.
Well, here are my bruises people.
I just have to warn you all now, I am not good at make up and therefore tend to avoid it all together. But I will do this tag because Laura tagged me and she's awesome. End of discussion.

Greed // What’s your most expensive beauty item?
Does perfume count? I think it does. I have quite a few expensive perfumes but my favourite is without a doubt my Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier. My bottle was given to my for my 18th and has an inscription on the back from my parents.

Wrath: What item do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Most make up to be honest. But my biggest love/hate relationship is definitely red lipstick. I love it and I put it on and I look amazing in my bedroom and then I go outside...and I feel like a lady of the night. I don't know why. Maybe because I'm quite pale? So I go for slightly duller tones of red and hope for the best.

Gluttony: What brand takes up most of your collection?
I really love the Naturals Collection from Boots in the UK. I have their lipsticks, powder, mascara etc and it looks great! But unfortunately it's not available in New Zealand so I'll have to find a new brand to take over the reins.

Sloth: What product do you neglect the most due to laziness?
Eye liner. Ain't nobody got time for that.

Pride: What product gives you the most confidence?
Mascara. Even though I wear glasses, I feel like mascara makes me feel a little better about myself.

Lust: Which item is top of your beauty wish list?
I guess a palette of some sort? I always look at them and think I'd have so much fun playing around with them but in reality I'm probably going to have another doughnut and watch Nashville.

Envy: Which makeup product/look is great on others but not on you?
The winged eyeliner look. It's like you people have super powers putting that on! I always mess up and look lopsided and that's not really a look anyone can rock.


Now I know I'm meant to tag people but this has been around the block a few times so I'm not going to do that. If you like make-up and you haven't been tagged though, then I tag you!

Also, I am busy getting settled into Auckland and finally finding my feet so soon I will be back to blogging business as usual. I hope to see you all at the #NZbloggers chat on Sunday and next week for a few exciting updates around PlanetBakeLife.