Blogmas: Glazed Donuts Recipe

While my mum takes full responsibilities for the cakes every year, I make the donuts all by myself. Since last year I have also taken the responsibility for the Cherry Knobs (Blogmas Day 2: Baking Cherry Knobs) and contemplating which recipe to inherit next.

So before I go on learning some of my mum’s and my aunt’s other Christmas recipes, I thought I should share the recipe of what I am really good at- glazed donuts. I learnt the recipe from a cousin a long time back and have been making them since my teenage years.

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Here’s my way of making it.

Ingredients:

For the Donut:

  • 5 cups of all purpose flour ( I end up using more at the end if my dough becomes too soft)
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ table spoon salt
  • 1 spoon yeast
  • 3 spoon warm water
  • ¾ cup warm milk (not too hot)
  • 100gm butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil for deep frying

For the Glaze:

  • 6 teaspoon milk
  • 2cups sugar

Direction:

In a medium bowl, stir together the milk, granulated sugar and salt. When the mixture is almost cold, stir it into 3cups of flour.

In another small bowl, dissolve the yeast into the warm water. Stir it into the mixture and add the butter and eggs.  Mix the remaining flour while kneading the dough for few minutes or until its firm enough.

Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it and let it rise and double in bulk (30 to 45 minutes)

When the dough is doubled, roll it out to ½ inch in thickness. To avoid the dough sticking to the surface, lightly flour the surface before rolling. Cut the roll into circles using donut cutter (or round cutter). Set aside and let it rise for another half an hour.

Heat some oil in a frying and fry both sides until they are golden brown. I usually fry 4 at a time. Remove the donut from the oil and glaze while warm.

To make the glaze:

Stir the sugar into the milk until the sugar dissolves. Dip warm donuts in the glaze and set aside to cool.

Note: We usually bake the cakes and donuts and cookies way ahead of Christmas. Since glazed donuts are a little tough to store, we store the dry donuts and glaze the ones that we are going to eat freshly made. The dry ones tastes amazing too!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. Do let me know how it turned out if you try it out.

Blogmas: Christmas Gift Guide

Hello everybody today am going to do a Christmas gift guide which I should have done already, but I was kindda waiting for some delivery to arrive before I actually wrote it. I thought Christmas this year is going to be grand since it’s probably my last Christmas as a spinster, but for some weird reasons, this is probably going to be the lamest Christmas of my life. That is one reason I didn’t do a vlogmas as I thought I would. Anyway I sorted some things for the gift guide; some of the stuffs are what I’m actually going to give to my family, and some I thought would make cool presents.

So here’s everything that I’ve got.

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Sheet Masks from Innisfree:

They are going to make excellent presents for your cousins and friends, mostly if they are beauty junkie. Take this Christmas as an opportunity to make them try out Korean Skincare and take better care of their skin. Also these have launched in Nykaa very recently, so unless you or your friends live in Delhi or Mumbai and have already tried out these sheet masks, these would look pretty cool. Besides they will only cost you 100rs each.

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Where to buy: Nykaa

Anti-Aging Sheet Masks for your mother:

Even though I’ll probably gift my mom shoes or bag or cloth (because I give her skincare stuffs randomly) I still think that skincare products that provide firmness and elasticity will make cool presents for moms and aunts and anyone you wish would age gracefully.

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Make up Revolution Ulto Velour Lip Cream:

This is what am actually gifting my sister. She has a very fair skin tone and even though she isn’t a makeup addict, she used to wear red lipsticks whenever she used makeup even though they doesn’t compliment her skin tone very well. I used to try to convince her that she would look better in plum shades, and then she discovered one of my plum lipsticks which suited her amazingly, and it was hers. That Christmas (last Christmas) I gifted her another Plum lipstick which complimented her even better. So this Christmas I got this pretty plum lip cream from Makeup Revolution for her.

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Where to buy: Nykaa

Super Christmassy Soaps from the Soap Factory:

If your are someone who likes to make the house look Christmas themed around Christmas, you are definitely going to love these Christmas themed soaps from the Soap Factory. They make amazing gifts, and they turn the bathroom cabinet a lot more Christmassy.

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P.S: I might gift some to my aunt.

dsc_0183Where to buy: Soap Factory

Turmeric Tea from The Herb Boutique for your Sophisticated Tea Lover friend or family member:

I don’t know how caffeine lovers are going to react to this, but your health conscious friends are definitely going to love this.

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Where to buy:The Herb Boutique

Hair and Body Mists from Natural Bath & Body for the friend who loves to smell good:

Or you can get them nice smelling perfumes 😀

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Where to buy: Natural Bath & Body

 Christmassy Lip Butter from Skincafe:

This is what am actually gifting to my two nieces. The third one is on my lips currently.

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Read review here: Skincafe Holiday Special Lip Butters Review – Gingerbread Latte, Spiced Pumpkin Latte, Peppermint Latte

Where to buy: Skincafe

Your Choice of Red Lipsticks:

The best one you can get our there is Scarlet O’hara from Sugar Cosmetics which I’m myself gonna wear on Christmas. I just clicked a picture of this one as it’s the only unused red lipstick that I currently own.

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Sugar Cosmetics Lipsticks, Kohl and Mascara:

Because no one deserves to be unaware of this super brand.

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Where to buy: Sugar Cosmetics

Innisfree Mineral Mist:

This might sound a crazy gifting idea, but if you have a Skincare junkie friend or sister or cousin who hasn’t used a mist yet, she’s going to thank you for introducing her to this beauty.

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Read Review: Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist Review

Denver Perfumes or Deos for the men (father/brother/boyfriend/friend) in your life:

I haven’t included them with the others because they are already with y boy friend 100 miles away. He loves Denver deos and perfumes and this one looks too Christmassy among the others.

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Where to buy: Denver For Men

So that’s all I have in mind for the gift guide. And in case you are curious, I am going to gift my dad a T-shirt which I’m yet to buy. Also I need to pick up some toys for my nephew’s second Christmas, and for his mum (my cousin sister) I have framed a picture from her wedding. So that’s all, that’s all I have in mind for now. And if you want, you can sneak a peak of Santa’s Workshop on my Insta as I will start wrapping up the gifts from tomorrow.

Till then… Bye

XOXO

 

Blogmas: Skincafe Holiday Special Lip Butters Review – Gingerbread Latte, Spiced Pumpkin Latte, Peppermint Latte

With Christmas around the corner, my house has finally started looking a bit festive after all the unpackings had been done. While the baking stuffs are getting ready at the Kitchen, I took my time to bring out all the Christmassy stuffs and started making my bedroom Christmas themed.  You can smell Christmas literally in every corner of my room, including me. Guess how?

Well, I’ll answer that. One of my beloved all-natural, handcrafted brands SkinCafe launched their Christmas themed lip butters. They call it holiday special, but I’ll continue calling it the Christmas Special. So the lip butters they came out with are- Gingerbread Latte, Spiced Pumpkin Latte and Peppermint Latte.

 

dsc_0871I mean wow! You can now literally smell Christmas on your lips too, and just like any other Skincafe products, the packaging cannot get any more adorable than this.

Now let’s take a look at the ingredients:

  • Clove Bud Essential Oil
  • Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • Nutmeg Essential Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Kokum Butter
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Ginger Essential Oil/Peppermint Essential Oil/Pumpkin Seed Oil

Shelf Life: 3 months

Price: MRP 500/-

You might think that the price is a bit high for a lip butter, so let’s tell you how it becomes all the more reasonable. In a couple of my previous posts, I wrote about my lip balm addiction, how I used to reapply lip balms within 15-20 minutes and that I always had 12-15 lip balms scattered everywhere from my under my pillow to my numerous hand bags for my convenience. About a couple of months ago I learnt that it’s actually an addiction that no one talks about. Lip Balms that contains humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin makes your lips permanently dry.  The more you use those lip balms, the drier your lips will get making you reapply more often, which I figured was my case. I immediately started using lip balms as less as possible which was hard as my lips would get dry and chapped as apparently it was harder to check out the ingredient lists of all the lip balms that I proudly own. As soon as I thought it’s becoming a little easier, along came winter making it all the more hard. And that’s when I was generously sent out these Christmassy Lip Butters which changed the scenario.

And if you are still not convinced, just look at the list of essential oils used to make these babies. No wonder I can get away without reapplying within 3-4 hours.

Gingerbread Latte:

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As the name suggests, smells like gingerbread.

Spicy Pumpkins:

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Hated Pumpkins since I was a kid, sure enough never had anything with pumpkin spice in it, but this smell makes me want to.

Peppermint Latte:

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That amazing minty smell!

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So if you are looking for adorable Christmas gifts, you know what to buy. Which reminds me that I have been working on a Christmas Gift guide and am just waiting for a couple of deliveries to arrive. Who’s excited?

Pros:

  • Adorable Packaging
  • Doesn’t contain humectants.
  • All natural ingredients
  • Contains loads of essential oils
  • Keeps lips hydrated for a long time
  • Smells Amazing
  • Travel Friendly
  • Makes amazing Christmas Gifts

Cons:

Nothing

Rating:

5/5

Note: Samples sent for review purpose but all he opinions are honest.

Where to buy:

http://www.skincafe.in/

Blogmas Day 2: Baking Cherry Knobs

So my mom and my aunt makes Cherry Knobs every Christmas. Since I was born without a sweet tooth I skip all the cookies and cakes during Christmas. Cherry Knobs are the only Christmas dessert that attracts me (other than donuts), may be because it looks pretty. This year I thought to give my mom a hand while baking these cookies. I am very happy with how they turned out to be and will be happier to share the recipe with you guys.

YOU WILL NEED…

  • 8 ounces, weight Flour (all-purpose Flour)
  • 4 ounces, weight Butter, At Room Temperature
  • 2-⅛ ounces, weight Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg, Separated
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Essence
  • 3 tablespoons, 1 teaspoon, 2-⅓ pinches Milk, If Needed
  • 2-⅛ ounces, weight Cashew Nuts, Chopped
  • 1 ounces, weight Glazed Cherries
  • Pinch of baking powder

The procedure

Beat the butter for a while. Add sugar and beat the mixture again. Add the egg yolk and keep beating. Add the vanilla essence and then keep adding the flour gradually. Lastly add the baking powder. Keep kneading until the mixture will turns into a dough. You can add milk if you need too, but my mother usually doesn’t. The dough is made.

Make small balls with the dough and dip it in the egg white and then garnish them with chopped cashews and a cherry.

Line them in a baking sheet or a greased tray and bake for 20 mins in a preheated oven at  180ºC.

My first batch took longer to bake (around 25 min), may be because I forgot to preheat the oven. However, since my first batch already did the job of preheating my 2nd batch took 20 mins. 

Cherry Knob

 

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That’s how my first batch looked before going into the oven.

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And that’s how they looked when they came out. My second batch turned a little more crispier. However, the first batch tasted better. Who am I kidding? Both batches tasted excellent. 😀

Blogmas Day 1- Baking Haul

Can’t believe there’s only 7 days left to Christmas. Also can’t believe that I am doing blogmas, and am starting it so late. In fact I never thought of doing blogmas, mainly because I was doing a 9-6 job until 13th December, and then I would be going to my hometown for Christmas, without taking my camera with me, and I didn’t want to post crappy pictures taken from my phone. However, after I shopped for Christmas like crazy, I thought it would be a pity if I wouldn’t give you guys a glimpse of the things I got myself for Christmas.

I have seen some bloggers doing blogmas throughout the Advent, that is 1st Dec to Christmas Eve. However, my blogmas is a little different since I started on 18th, so I will be posting throughout the Christmas week as well.

Firstly I would like to tell you guys, that I would be going to my hometown tomorrow, mmm, I mean today, it’s already 1.15 a.m. And my Christmas clothes already filled up a lot of space in my airbag so I decided to purchase only the things that I am not sure is available at my hometown. I didn’t wanna bring my camera with me cause my boy friend takes better care of them, so he is the baby sitters of both our cameras, and I will be staying home for like a month, so I decided to keep the cameras safe with him.

So starting with the baking haul…

Every year my mum bakes lots and lots of cakes during the winter, this year I have planned to bake with her. So I purchased some stuffs to start with. However, I didn’t wan’t to increase the number of my luggage by purchasing a lots of stuffs as I can always purchase them from my hometown, besides, I can as well use stuffs from my mom’s collection, ain’t that right?

What I got for Christmas baking

 

Baking Moulds

  • A 12 cup cupcake tray- Because Cupcakes… I am planning to make dark chocolate cupcakes with different icings and sprinkles.
  • Marshmallows – I need a lots of them. Mainly for the bonfires, and then for the chocolate chip and marshmallow recipe I found online. I am sure I will get more bags of these cute babies back at home.
  • Pastry brushes
  • Creamy Peanut Butter- Because Peanut Butter… Peanut Butter and Honey sandwich is my everyday go to breakfast. BUT I am a lover of crunchy peanut butter and have never tasted the creamy ones. However, I purchased a jar of the creamy ones to make peanut butter balls.

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Peanut butter

Things yet to buy:

  • Christmas Cookie Cutter
  • Cupcake Liners

Rest of the things essential for Christmas baking will be there in my mum’s kitchen…

So don’t forget to come back to check out what my mum and I will be baking for Christmas…

Leaving it here…

Bye

Xoxo

P.S: Please, please, please forgive me for the poor picture quality, I wish I had a smaller camera which could be carried easily. 🙁