Donuts

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Foodies Sakshi n I were trying to figure out the perfect header to start our post for the day. It took us long as we both were keeping busy with the festival. But I guess once again destiny played its role and now we know why it was taking us long and we were unable to post. And let me tell you this part of the post today is super fresh. As fresh as the time I might take to put my excitement into words and click on publish 🙂

Foodies Femina made my day 🙂 We both are fond of Femina and so quite follow its page 🙂 Femina is the leading womens magazine brand in the country. Its success is built on its connect with the Indian woman, in every area of her life. Femina communicates about the latest in Fashion and beauty, and also covers her other areas of interest such as stories about woman achievers, health, fitness, relationships, career, food, books, movies, etc. With its expert speak sections, the magazine also enables the woman of today to stay updated with all that is relevant to her. That’s just a bit brief about Femina but if you ask us because of its popularity it doesn’t need an introduction 🙂

Femina came up with a small event asking all sisters to share their brother’s picture along with a message. If lucky Femina may design a customized cover photo of you. Just last night when I wasn’t too sleepy I shared with them the picture and a message for my sweet brother, though I thought that may be its too late and they may have already selected but still thought of trying my luck 🙂 I was quite not expecting what happened this afternoon 🙂 When I was out with my brother this afternoon I received a message from Femina saying “Hi Parul, We have a surprise for you. Quick! Check our wall. ;)” And there it was 🙂 I shared with my brother there and then and he was touched by the surprise. Big thanks to Femina for making our Raksha Bandhan day so special and memorable indeed 🙂

And so Sakshi n I realized that why it took us long enough to decide on the header. Because the perfect one was just planned by destiny and is right here.

Foodie friends as we continue to spend our day with our brothers here’s our post for you. I just noticed that Sakshi has mentioned quite an interesting incidence as was keeping busy. But good one best buddy 🙂 You still remembered that happened. I m glad and still smiling 🙂 Over to you 🙂

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Hi Foodies. The month of festive August is keeping us quite connected 🙂 We are loving it 🙂 And we are here today to share one of our favourite festivals with our fun donuts 🙂

On this very special occasion I can recall quite an interesting experience related to Parul . I want to be the one to share this story with you because I know she will intentionally miss out on a few details.

I still remember that day when she called me up and told me that her brother would be unable to make it to home for Rakhi. She was really sad and upset and if I be honest, she was actually crying. She went on to say that it was the first time he would not be home for rakhi and that she misses him terribly. She said, “it has been four months since he went back to his hostel. Like everytime, this time also he promised to be home for rakhi. I was so excited for Rakhi thinking that I would get to meet him after four long months and now just a week  before he is telling me that due to his stupid project he is not coming home. Its going to be first rakhi when we will not be together :(. I m just not liking this 😦 “ I was listening to her calmly.The way she was crying like a two year old seemed a little funny to me 🙂 But I couldn’t really laugh. You know how sensitive we girls are and specially my sweetheart Parul 🙂 I tried to explain her that it was fine. He might be stuck and that she should send the rakhi by courier. . But she was hardly ready to listen to me. She went on saying“ That I will anyways do but its not fair ”  Let me tell you Foodies but that this was not the end it. To my surprise when we met next day to select rakhi for her brother she showed me a four pages long letter which she had written for him expressing how much she is going to miss him. Imagine my state. No matter how much I wanted to,I still couldn’t afford to laugh. Girls pact you know. At times, It is hard to tell the other person on face that they are over reacting 🙂 All you can do is to try and console them 🙂 But in reality I had sympathies for her brother who was going to get a four pages long letter. Like four long pages really!! 🙂 But yes I have to mention that he is indeed lucky to have a sister like Parul, and so am I to have a friend like her 🙂

A day before Rakhi, I had gone over to Parul’s place for some girlie time together and chilling. It was  around seven in the evening when her door bell rang. Parul went out to check. She came in and when her mom asked sweety who was it ? Parul replied” mom it was some salesman. I asked him to leave.” I said to Parul was it not an odd time for salesman to come. Anyways, let it be. Just as I finished my statement,the bell rang again like four times in a go. Parul went out in anger and without even opening the door, shouted that they dint need anything. He shouted back “Parul its me, your brother open the door stupid” LOL.. I coudnt stop laughing. We welcomed him in. He looked a little different. He had lost lot of weight and infact looked nice. Foodies I still remember the smile and joy on her face. She jumped out of joy and hugged her brother and till date I know it was her most memorable Rakhi. I joked with bro of was it her letter that dragged you here. He burst out laughing showing me the letter 🙂 Foodies it was her love indeed and I love her for her innocence but I cant still stop laughing at years old experience mentioning it to you all :).

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Foodies talking of Raksha Bandhan, (the bond of protection) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival primarily observed in India, Mauritius and Nepal, which celebrates the relationship between brothers (shaurya), cousins and sisters (shreya). It is also called Rakhi Purnima in most of India.It is also celebrated in some parts of Pakistan. In fact, the popular practice of Raksha Bandhan has its historical associations also. The Rajput queens practised the custom of sending rakhi threads to neighbouring rulers as token of brotherhood.The central ceremony involves the tying of a rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her. Some also believe that Raksha Bandhan grew in popularity after Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of Chittor, sent a rakhi to the Mughal emperor Humayun when she required his help.

Foodies its quite a special occasion defining the bond of love and care between brothers and sisters. As the celebration of Rakhi calls for sweets, we thought of why not put in a little effort to satisfy our brothers sweet tooth 🙂 and so we came up with Donuts as they are everyone’s favourite 🙂donut 4

In fact we believe that the doughnut is a humble treat, loved by our finest, eaten at our worst 😉

A doughnut or donut is a type of fried dough confectionery or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. They are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole and often filled. Other types of batters can also be used, and various toppings and flavorings are used for different types, such as sugar glazing, chocolate glazing, or maple glazing.

The two most common types are the toroidal ring doughnut and the filled doughnut—which is injected with fruit preserves, cream,custard, or other sweet fillings. A small spherical piece of dough may be cooked as a doughnut hole. Other shapes include rings, balls, and flattened spheres, as well as ear shapes, twists and other forms. Doughnut varieties are also divided into cake and risen type doughnuts.

Talking of Ring doughnuts, which we are more focussed on our menu today 🙂 are formed by joining the ends of a long, skinny piece of dough into a ring or by using a doughnut cutter, which simultaneously cuts the outside and inside shape, leaving a doughnut-shaped piece of dough and a doughnut hole from dough removed from the center. This smaller piece of dough can be cooked or added back to the batch to make more doughnuts. A disk-shaped doughnut can also be stretched and pinched into a torus until the center breaks to form a hole. Alternatively, a doughnut depositor can be used to place a circle of liquid dough (batter) directly into the fryer.

After frying, ring doughnuts are often topped. Raised doughnuts are generally covered with a glaze (icing). Cake doughnuts can also be glazed, or powdered with confectioner’s sugar, or covered with cinnamon and granulated sugar. They are also often topped with cake frosting (top-side only) and sometimes sprinkled with coconut, chopped peanuts, or sprinkles (also called jimmies).

Doughnut holes are small spheres that are made from the dough taken from the center of ring doughnuts or made to look as if they are. Actually commercially made doughnut holes are not made by cutting out the central portion of a ring doughnut, but instead by dropping a small ball of dough into hot oil from a specially shaped nozzle. This production method has allowed doughnut sellers to produce bite-sized versions of non-ring doughnuts, such as filled doughnuts, fritters and Dutchies, making the term “doughnut hole” somewhat of a misnomer for these varieties.

Doughnut sellers saw the opportunity to market “holes” as a novelty, as if they were the portions cut out to make the ring. Similar to standard doughnuts, doughnut holes may be topped with confections, such as glaze or powdered sugar. We believe in doing the same as they are too convenient to eat 🙂 Couple of them can be eaten to hearts full without feeling guilty 🙂 They are often referred by brand names as “ Munchkins “

Homemade Doughnuts (Donuts) are hard to beat. And we are talking about homemade “raised” doughnuts. The ones made from buttery rich yeast dough that are deep fried and then rolled in sugar. There is no doubt that these doughnuts are best eaten freshly made. That is when the sugary outside crust is wonderfully crisp. Yet when you bite through that crust, the inside is so soft and tender. We find it almost impossible to eat just one 🙂

We have tried so many versions of glazed doughnuts, and these are the ones finally came out perfect! Just like the ones at our favourite doughnut shop.” And we put them in a box together to give our brothers a heartful treat on this Raksha Bandhan 🙂 Isn’t that a great idea 🙂

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These delicious Homemade Doughnuts have a crisp crust yet are soft and spongy inside. These are a combination of Flour, butter and sugar rolled into warm, moist goodness that melts in your mouth 🙂 They are just amazing and foodies let your imagination flow down completely when you glaze them.

So Foodies treat your Brothers ,friends and family to donuts like the ones from your favourite shop, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

So If you are craving for donuts make your own from scratch with this recipe.

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 METHOD

  • Take 1 tblspn yeast,  1 tblspn sugar and 1/4 cup of warm milk in a bowl and let it sit for 5 mins till it foams up.
  • Now take milk, vanilla and melted butter or oil in a bowl and mix well.
  • Now take flour, powdered sugar, baking powder in a large mixing bowl and mix that well.
  • Pour in the yeast mixture and milk mixture in this and form into a dough.
  • Grease a large bowl with oil and transfer this dough into that. Cover that with a plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 1 hour or till it doubles in size.
  • Now punch down the dough and roll that out.
  • Now using a large cutter and a small cutter cut out the doughnuts. Take the extra dough from that and roll and cut them again.
  • Leave that to rest for 10 mins.
  • Now heat oil for deep frying on a medium heat.
  • Drop the doughnuts and fry them carefully till they turn golden on each side. This will take around 2 to 3 mins. Fry the dough holes as well.
  • Drain them in a paper towel.

For chocolate glaze:

  • Now make the glaze. Take sugar in a kadai. Add in milk and mix that well. Let the sugar dissolve, now add in cocoa powder and mix well. This will form into a thick glaze. You can adjust the milk as per your need. Dip the doughnuts in the glaze till it is coated. Drain them on a wire rack

Cinnamon sugar glaze:

  • Powder cinnamon and mix it with some caster sugar. Spread this on a plate and dip the doughnut in it until it gets coated with sugar on all the sides.

Sugar icing:

  • Take few tsps of icing sugar in a bowl and add desired food color to it. Add just a few drops of water to it and mix well till it forms a paste. Fill this in a paper cone and draw desired designs on the doughnut or simply drizzle it over the doughnut..

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This recipe for delicious flour based raised Donuts will satisfy everyone’s craving for homemade donuts 🙂

Happy Raksha Bandhan

 Cheers!!!

Sakshi n Parul

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