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!!!!Β  (It smelled all right πŸ˜› ). 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. πŸ™‚

 

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 :]

Classic Custard Squares

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These are such a pretty treat! I got this recipe off thisΒ 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.

Rocket & Pear Salad

IMG_6570One of the best salads ever.

Usually, magazines have a huge amount or recipes that I never ever have any ingredients for. So I was very surprised when I was randomly looking through an old copy of Better Homes and Gardens, and found it was full of great recipes!!

Here’s one of them, but I have slightly adapted it because I STILL didn’t have exactly all the ingredients.

ROCKET AND PEAR SALAD

2oog baby rocket leaves (or a handful, however much you have)

1 small lettuce, roughly chopped (I used a red lettuce)

1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts

40g parmesan (but I just used finely grated cheddar)

1/4 cup red wine vinegar (originally balsamic)

1/2 cup olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed.

salt and pepper, to season

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Combine rocket, lettuce, walnuts, pear, and cheese.

Put vinegar, oil, and garlic in a jar. Secure lid and shake it all up.

Drizzle over salad.

I also tried adding ricotta cheese to it. It was delicious! It put a mild creaminess to the sharp rocket flavour.

Try this salad with pizza…!! It’s perfect.

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D.I.Y Yummy Lip Scrub (3 ways)

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Lips scrubs take five minutes to make, and they make your lips feel sooo soft. You’ll be surprised.

I found a recipe in a magazine a while ago, and that made me want to make up a couple of my own.

Version 1: Chocolate, Brown Sugar, & Honey

(this is most similar to the magazine version)

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder

1-2 teaspoons honey

or you could try

Version 2: Coconut, Brown Sugar, & Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon coconut

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

honey to mix

or you could try

Version 3: Orange, Lemon, & White Sugar

1 teaspoon White Sugar

1 orange Vitamin C Tablet ( this is optional, but it tastes & looks good!)

fresh lemon juice to mix

-Mix the ingredients together until they are a stiff, sticky paste.

The honey scrubs last, the lemon one wont last. The sugar will dissolve with that lemon juice. –

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Put into a cute little pot, tie with a ribbon, and there’s a lovely gift.

These are so yummy, I tend to eat more of the lip scrub than I use. πŸ™‚ Enjoy.

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