Sour Orange and Strawberry Doughnuts

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Sour orange doughnuts! They are SO good, my sister ate the lot and I only got one. I had this doughnut mix sitting in the cupboard…it had been there since before we went to England…over 3 months now!!!!  (It smelled all right 😛 ). Well I was feeling like something yummy and easy to make (pretty much just feeling piggy and lazy) so I got out my 3 month old jar of doughnut mix, added the butter and milk etc, and then decided I should put the effort in and make up a cool flavour.

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There are so many oranges ripening on our trees, so I squeezed an orange into the batter. Then I mixed up some white icing (butter, water, icing sugar…) and added orange colouring, orange juice and citric acid. Citric acid is basically sour white crystals that look like salt or sugar. In New Zealand, Citric acid is a common ingredient for getting sour flavours. In England, I think you have to buy it from a chemist or something. But anyway, it makes a delicious sweet-sour icing when I added about 1/2 a teaspoon.

I also made bright pink strawberry flavoured icing, for no other reason than I think pink doughnuts are just so cute! But they didn’t taste that good, kinda boring. The pink ones actually didn’t all get eaten – they are still sitting in the pantry!

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My 3 month old doughnut mix doughnuts came out great!

The recipe for making the doughnuts in a doughnut maker is here, If you want to make doughnuts like this, see my post.

I really think that doughnuts like this are NOT as delicious as traditional deep-fried ones, but on the other hard, they have much less fat. They are quicker and easier too.

My basic recipe for the sour orange icing would be:

Put on tablespoon of butter in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave, add about a tablespoon of boiling water and stir in enough icing sugar to make it a nice smooth paste. If it is too small an amount, add more water and keep adding icing sugar, little bits at a time into you reach the right consistency. Add in about 1 tbsp of orange juice or a couple of drops of orange flavoring. Stir in citric acid to taste. (You might not like it too sour or you might like it really sour.) Remember that the sourness is balanced with the sweetness of the doughnuts. Colour the icing as bright as you want, and ice the cooled doughnuts.

Sorry this recipe is so rough, but it’s really just a point of making icing and flavoring it with orange and citric acid. Everyone seems to have their own ways of making icing anyway. 🙂

 

They are SO yummy, you have to try it. I think this would also be nice on cupcakes or a chocolate cake. Orange and chocolate really go well.

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The pink ones look pretty, but don’t bother with them. The orange ones taste great.

 

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Enjoy them! Becca :]

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England at Last: 30 hour flight

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We are finally here in England. The room still sways around now and again. I wonder how long it will take to wear off?

I have started another blog, Journeys through the Fishbowl of Life

This is so that I can keep a record of photos and places I’ve visited etc. I will still be updating this blog as well. 🙂

I’ve already got lots of new ideas for Style it Pretty.

Here’s a few Instagram pics.

IMG_20130616_183131(Me and Emem…tired)

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IMG_20130617_064219(Strawberrys mmm)

Classic Custard Squares

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These are such a pretty treat! I got this recipe off this great blog. Only to check in the Edmonds cook book (where she got the recipe!) that every New Zealander owns, and I found I had had the custard square recipe sitting on my shelf the whole time! I got a much better version to use, as the blogger who goes by the name of Mrs Cake had detailed descriptions and helpful hints and pictures.

So, even though I know these have been very well blogged by Mrs Cake, I thought I would put up pictures of my custard squares.

They are too pretty to just delete.

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My custard came out rather orange…

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But they taste SO delicious, and I actually really like the custard. It doesn’t taste “eggy”. I think I will use the same custard recipe for a custard tart. The only thing I changed from the recipe is I didn’t put coconut on top. No one in my family wanted it with coconut. We had the lemon icing though. It was delicious.

So if you want to make these (and they are REALLY easy) the recipe is here.

Versatile Blogger award…

I got nominated for the versatile blogger award! Thank you so so much, Propergorgeforless!

So lovely and unexpected!

Propergorgeforless is a lovely beauty blog, especially for girls on a budget. There are some great natural recipes (sugar scrub, hair masks etc.) and also lots of makeup how to’s.

I haven’t been on here long, and I don’t actually follow many blogs yet. But here are some of my favourites.

MY NOMINATIONS ARE:

Tulle and Trinkets

Hello Aileen

Nuts and Bolts

Style Sprite

A Pretty Penny

Vintage Reflection

Downtown Romantic

Pie with Sparkles

Glitter ‘N’ Glue

ClosetCast

The Coyote Thistle

Thisisgorgeous

Seaside Beauty

Lather Rinse Repeat

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And now 7 facts about me: (sorry these are a bit boring. Cant think of many interesting facts about me lol)

1. I live on a lifestyle block in New Zealand

2. I have 2 older brothers and 2 younger sisters

3. I am home-schooled🙂

4. I lived in the UK when I was age 1-3 years old. We’re going back for a holiday in June.

5. I’m trying to persuade my sisters to help with this blog!

6. I have so many clothes, and my sister gets all the ones I chuck out, so I can still borrow them back if I decide I want them again lol

7. and I loooove drinking tea… 🙂

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If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, 7 things about yourself.

Soothing Hair Masque

My hair is so frizzy and dry, after a long lasting summer in New Zealand. Its supposed to be Autumn here! So I googled hair masques, easy ones that even  I  would have the ingredients for! I’ve always wanted to try making my own hair masque, but its the kind of thing you always put off.

Don’t put it off anymore though! This worked shockingly well…I’m SO doing it again and again and again.

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Creamy Hair Masque

1 ripe avocado

1/2 a banana

1 egg yolk

a dash of olive oil

Mash all this together and spread into dry hair. It went on really smoothly and didn’t dribble down my neck, by the way!

Then wrap your head in gladwrap, to seal in the warmth. Or a plastic bag, like me, who didn’t have any gladwrap.

I left it on for 20 minutes. Sit in the sun if your lucky enough to have some, to warm your head.

It works better that way.

Then jump in a cold shower and wash it all out. Thoroughly. You have to have a cool shower, unless you want to be picking cooked egg out of your hair later!

My hair feels so much silkier now. And it doesn’t frizz around my head as much!

You could also change a few ingredients round, using whatever you have.

We tend to have old brown avocados in the fridge, and fresh eggs, (my mum has a HUGE amount of chickens!) and bananas only sometimes.

Olive oil is great, but not too much! My friend told me that when she was a girl she put cooking oil in her hair.

It didn’t have the effect she wanted at all! She said she had oily pillows for weeks afterwards.

A drop of Lavender essential oil is good, and lemon, for freshening up your scalp.

And I found a lot of people use mayonnaise. I would only do this if you had real, homemade mayo, or good quality stuff. Not cheap-fake-egg-yolk stuff like we have in our fridge! I doubt it would have much nourishment.

This hair mask was a definite success. 🙂