Welcome to my new home in the cloud.
I would be grateful to hear from you how do you like this look & feel? Honestly I feel elated and very happy to find a space that reflects my style and my decor.
When I jumped back into the blogosphere after a gap, I realised things have changed quite a bit. Sites have become more responsive and social icons needs to be prominent and above all the site has to be presentable and most importantly optimised for viewing on a smaller screen.
So when I confronted all these disparate requirements that come with changing technology and a change in tastes and preferences I decided that I needed to have a good self hosted platform. I was bit apprehensive about the move but after talking to a friend blogger I realised it is not as tough as it sounds. Hence I muttered up the confidence to move my files from blogspot to a self hosted WordPress.
With extremely limited knowledge about manoeuvring the sites behind the scenes,
I badly needed external help. Luckily I found Siteground that helps to host WordPress and offers free service to shift contents as well customise them to one of their standard themes that they offer.
Their online support is remarkable and for a non geek like me, I had loads of silly questions to ask, that were patiently answered & I finally managed to make the site live…
The theme was my own choice so I downloaded it from SolePine. It is one of the brightest and very responsive theme. I also found their support network quite amazing as you can easily raise a ticket with the author of theme and they are happy to extend their support.
Now all that is taken care of, and I have my keys to spear my website. I thought of kicking it with something sweet and drool worthy.
My boys have been begging me for doughnuts since long time. Every Time we head up for swimming lessons we end up buying doughnuts and this was getting to a point where I had to give it a go and try it myself at home.
It is an easy treat … dry active yeast helps to make it lighter. So during the school holidays, my boys teamed up to knead the dough and give it a go after watching the Video.
Dressing up the doughnuts is unlimited but honestly the warm doughnut with cinnamon and sugar was amazing.
The boys were a bit reluctant to toss all the doughnuts with sugar and cinnamon so I made some frosting to play around.
My elder one always likes to experiment and is willing to give a new spin to the standard option and he came up with this idea of tucking chocolate melts into a round dough and then deep frying them.
That was an amazing twist and the boys absolutely loved their own creation.
I thought this was a great conversation starter to share this treat as an opening to my new home in the web.
- 250g plain flour
- 50 g castor sugar
- 7g Active dry yeast
- 50 ml warm water
- 70 ml milk
- 1 egg
- 15g melted butter
- pinch of salt
- oil for deep frying
- Castor sugar and cinnamon in plate for tossing
- In a bowl add sugar, dry yeast, water, milk, salt and Egg. Whisk them properly.
- Then add plain flour, mix it well and knead it to a dough and knead for 5 to 7 minutes .Add melted butter to the dough and knead them further 3 to 4 minutes minutes until it is soft.
- Cover the dough with a cling wrap and let it rest it for 30 minutes in a warm place.
- Knead the dough again and rest for 30minutes more.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into 1 inch sheet and cut the doughnuts with a circle cutter, take a small circle and remove the centre part of the circle to form a ring.
- Transfer in to a tray with extra flour sprinkled on it, then rest for 10 to 15 minutes to rise.
- Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the doughnuts in a slow flame till brown in colour, Remove the doughnut with slotted spoon and toss them immediately with cinnamon and sugar.
For Sugar Glaze
1 cup of pure icing sugar
2 to 3 tsp of milk
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
few drops of colours of preferred colour. I used teal and electric pink.
Mix them together and if it is too thick, add some more milk. Dip the cooled Doughnut into icing mix and let it dry on a rack.