Baked Doughnuts!

This is my first time making doughnuts! I wasn’t exactly craving them, I was more intrigued in making a baked doughnut rather than the well known and highly fattening deep fried version.

My first attempt at making doughnuts!

I found a recipe by Tracey at I changed the quantities a little as I had to convert it from US cup measurements and I used vanilla bean paste as well as the extract. I also made them far to big which meant I had to leave them in the oven longer and the holes closed up! Next time I’ll have to make sure the inside hole is cut larger, I used an upside down large piping nozzle! When I got them out of the oven I thought they looked like the bagels I’ve made in the past! But don’t despair if they look ugly, it’s amazing how the sugar transforms them into appetising lumps of dough! They’re also light and fluffy, but I was told they could do with some jam in the middle. Obviously if yours have holes you can’t inject them with jam.


Here’s my tweaked version:

Makes: 7 massive doughnuts, prep time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour proving and 20 resting. Cook time: 20 minutes if they are big, 10 mins if they aren’t!

For the doughnuts:
1 egg
55g caster sugar [was originally granulated]
240ml cup milk, heated to in microwave for 1min (lukewarm)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast (7g sachet)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste [was originally only extract]
250g bread flour, plus more for kneading
110g soft butter, cut into cubes

For the cinnamon-sugar coating:
50g butter, melted [was originally 110g]
100g plus a teaspoon of ground cinnamon [was originally 220g granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon]

1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the egg and sugar on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add in the milk, yeast, salt, and vanilla. Turn the mixer to low, and then add in 250g of the flour. Attach the dough hook and then on medium speed, add the butter one piece at a time until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, and then start adding the extra flour (I didn’t measure this, but it was around 100-150g) until the dough sticks to the hook and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It should be soft and moist, but not sticky.

2. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in a mixing bowl coated with cooking spray and cover with a damp towel. Let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

3. Punch down the dough and roll it out to about ½” thickness. With biscuit cutters, cut out 3″ circles with 1″ holes. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. On a baking tray lined with parchment paper, place the doughnuts 1″ apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on top of the preheating oven until almost doubled in size, about 20 minutes.

4. Bake until light golden in colour, 20 minutes. Dip the hot doughnuts in the melted butter and then coat with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Tracey says to serve immediately; doughnuts are best eaten the same day they are made.

I’ll be interested to hear if you make them!


The last few days

Things I’ve been up to:
1. Eating:
Bf treated me to this froyo.

Since Berlin I have been addicted to trying out froyo whenever I encounter them! This place is called Fuel and is found in West Quay shopping centre, Southampton. They are under staffed so there was a bit of a back log of orders so we had to wait around for our order. I ordered the froyo with two toppings for £3.45.

Price list.

The taste was different to the ones I had in Berlin, this one had no tang at all so I am guessing it’s loaded with sugar. It’s not bad in taste but if you want something healthy or if you are diabetic don’t bother (though maybe double check with them and ask how much sugar is in it first, I’m just guessing it has a lot in it due to the taste). The lady was generous with the toppings (mango and granola) and it does feel like you’re eating ice cream as it has the sweetness and creaminess.

Cute graphics.

2. Shopping:
Posing outside antique shop, need to get as skinny as her! I’m wearing a wooly dress that I got for my birthday from bf, Clarks jazz shoes, Topshop jersey cardi and Peacock leggings. Shopper is a sample from my fashion buying days.

At the weekend we had plans to have dinner with family in the evening so during the day we thought we’d drive there early and wander around our favourite shopping areas. We did a lot of walking that day so I hope I lost some calories since that evening we were going to stuff our faces with curry! I love curry, my favourite is lamb pathia with plain rice and peshwarini naan. The patita is really spicy and has a nice amount of heat to it. I don’t understand why people order curry that’s not hot and spicy.

Local second hand vinyl shop.

3. Baking:
Lately I’ve not been keen on baking as I’ve been trying to watch my weight, but because I have been watching a LOT of Food Network on Freeview, today I felt like eating some CAKE! I had some walnuts to use up so thought I would bake myself a coffee and walnut cake.

I love the colour of the sponge mixture. The toaster is a new Dualit one that we got from

The finished coffee and walnut cake posing with my aloe vera plant (gift from friend) and orchid. The orchid was given to me at Xmas from a student and it died in January because it got too cold. I’m glad I didn’t throw it away as this summer it started to bloom!

Keeping Busy

Since I have a lot of time on my hand I need to keep myself busy, especially now the weather is turning I can see myself getting stuck in a rut, the sofa and blanket rut! The weather can really affect my mood and drain my motivation, I have to plan things to try and stay productive otherwise I’ll feel guilty that I’ve wasted my day.

Here are some of the things I’ve been up to:

(Excuse the non-pose! I wasn’t ready!) We took a walk to the village via the meadow, it’s nice having it so close by. One minute you are by a busy road and the next minute it feels like you are far away in a rural countryside.

After the walk I decided it was about time I finish my granny crochet cushion once and for all! It’s been hanging around for months as I’ve not been motivated with crafting lately. It was nice to get it complete and use it.

I spent some time with Ziggy, at the moment his favourite toy is this piece of brown twine. He loves it!

Yesterday I had the day to myself and decided to re-pot this jade plant that was given to me my a colleague who is retiring. She knows how much I like plants and also gave me an aloe vera plant too.

I decided to bake a cake for a friend who visited me today.

I made coffee and walnut cake, I don’t tend to make this much, I’m not sure why as I do like a good coffee and walnut cake. My friend said it was really good, I cut myself a piece that was too big and had to leave some!

I have a wedding to attend on Thursday, it’s only for the evening-do so I’ll have time hang out with my friend before hand and do a bit of shopping and just spend time with her. With my job a lot of the time I am drained by the weekend so it’s hard to see friends, however I am very good at keeping in contact by texting or using twitter and instagram, though it’s not always returned. Lately I have thought about how some people I know are rather self absorbed and how a nice text or a message does not take too much effort to keep in touch. I am the type that will always respond to a message as I think it’s rude if you don’t, especially because someone has taken the time to contact you. I’d like to know why some people think it’s ok not to respond!

To end on a happy note, aswell as seeing a few friends this week I am meeting an old friend of mine (from my fashion buying days) in Brighton for a day of eating and shopping in two weeks time! I did leave a lot of friends behind in London when I moved down here so it’s extra special seeing them when I can. If anyone has any recommendations for things to eat and do in Brighton I would love to hear from you. 🙂

It’s nearly over

Today is the last day of relaxation, I have had 2 weeks off work plus extra days off for May day and the royal wedding.  It has been lovely, especially at the start of the holidays when the weather was incredibly hot and sunny. I love the sunshine, not that I like sitting in it for too long (I don’t want to get wrinkles!), it just makes me happy seeing it bright outside. I think I have SAD at times (Seasonal Affective Disorder)  because when the sun isn’t out it puts me in a unmotivated mood. I don’t feel like going out or doing much. Do any of you feel the same?

These are some of the things I got up to:

I made chocolate and strawberry mini tarts, hung out with Ziggy my cat, lounged in my deckchair out in the garden, met with friends for lunch, walked around my local area and met a local dog.

Is it the weekend yet?

I had an extremely long and tiring day today so the thought of my home made Victoria sponge and tea was very appealing when the clock struck HOME TIME! I must say it’s one of the best Victoria sponge cakes I’ve made! It was so moist, the sponge was well risen so was nice and thick. I used extra thick (real) cream which was kind of like clotted cream, I didn’t need to whip it. When I served up I added a spoonful or two of extra cream.

Another reason I rushed home from work was to meet the women who home-check us when we were adopting Ziggy from the rescue centre. She’s a lovely lady, she gave use cat toys, cat bed, cat carrier and cat book when we adopted Ziggy. She dropped off the stuff the day after we got him. So we bought her some tulips from the florist to say thank you for being so kind.

I made a head-piece for the Swing Ball I’m attending next week:

I’m not sure how I’ll have my hair though. I know it was common to have a bob in the 1920s/30s but I have long hair. I might just keep it really straight as I will only have a few hours to get ready for it. What do you guys think? Any suggestions appreciated!

Bread and butter

I made bread and butter pudding last night to eat after dinner. I served it with custard and boy was it filling!! As it was cooking my kitchen was filled with the aroma of cinnamon, I love cinnamon. I used a BBC recipe but tweaked it a bit by using more cream and omitted the nutmeg because Mr GHF is not too keen on it. It an easy and tasty dish to make, I highly recommend it if you’re in a rush and have nothing in.

Fabric Shopping

Today I spent far too long searching for fabric to make into a dress (using the pattern I bought from the vintage shop). There were some lovely prints but I just could not envision myself wear the lovely prints as I feel some prints look like as cushions but would not look good worn!

I ended up being quite conservative with my choice and came away with this:

I also have been wanting to make myself a quilt for some time and found some a cute pack of fabric:

After fabric shopping I went and had a look in the charity shops nearby but came away with nothing, but I did come away from M&S with their great £10 meal deal, croissants and redcurrant puffs! I love M&S, the offer is great, you get a main, sides, dessert and wine all for £10! We’ll have that tomorrow as I have already planned tonight’s dinner. In the fridge at the moment are some ribs sitting in my chinese style honey and soy marinade.

Right I better finish off my Victoria Sponge, I left it to cook and now I think it’s ready for the cream and raspberry jam in the middle.

I am happy: