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August Break 2014, Capturing life, Photography

The August Break 2014… Week Four

I can’t believe that August has finished and we are now into September. I am a bit late posting this, but I promised to share with you week four. So here goes,

Here is my week four of…augustbreaklistDay 23 Adornment.. my late nanny’s bracelet weekfourDay 24 Memory.. my childhood toyweekfour1Day 25 Little.. my little brown teddy bearweekfour4Day 26 Morning.. my start to the day once kids are at schoolweekfour3Day 27 Linesweekfour8Day 28 Something new.. some new vintage findsweekfour2Day 29 Natureweekfour7Day 30 Softweekfour6Day 31 Love.. is homeweekfour5

So that is my last week of The August Break 2014. I had so much fun joining in. I look forward to next years August Break.

I loved sharing with you all my photos, and I hoped you liked looking at them.

Happy snapping!

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Baking, Cakes, Kids, Lunch box goodies, Recipes

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

I love baking, it brings joy to my kids, my family and myself. The pleasure of making something for someone else and seeing them enjoy it makes me happy.

I have been baking ever since I can remember. I loved helping mum in the kitchen. We made lots of wonderful recipes together and always had something yummy for our lunchboxes. In high school, I chose the cooking class and loved it. I have always wanted to create my own recipes. And until recently I started to do so. The recipe today is one of my creations, and I am really happy with how it turned out. I made this Apple and Cinnamon cake on Sunday for our afternoon tea. My cake testing team sat down, and I sliced each of them a piece and waited for their review. They loved it! They all went back for a second slice. So, today I am going to share with you my own Apple and Cinnamon Cake recipe, enjoy!

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Apple and Cinnamon Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125 gms melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 to 2 apples, peeled and sliced (I used golden delicious)
  • raw sugar for the top of the cake
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C
  2. Line a 20 cm/ 8 inch round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar and cinnamon, mix gently until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl/measuring jug add the eggs, milk and vanilla essence, whisk together.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Then add the melted butter and slowly mix in.
  7. If using an electric mixer, beat on low until combined or combine together gently if mixing by hand.
  8. Pour cake batter into the cake tin.
  9. Arrange the sliced apples on top of the cake and sprinkle with raw sugar over the top.
  10. Bake in oven for 55 mins or until the centre is cooked.
  11. Remove the cake from tin and place onto cake rack to cool.
  12. Enjoy!
Notes
Created by with vintage and me ♥

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The cake was a success! It was light and moist. There is a slight cinnamon taste which we loved. If you want a stronger cinnamon taste then you can add some more. The apple on top with the raw sugar was yummy. The kids even enjoyed the topping when sometimes they don’t want anything on top. The cake was really nice warm too. The leftover slices were still nice and moist the next day so a plus for the kid’s lunch boxes.

I hope you enjoy baking this cake as much as I did.

Happy baking!

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Baking

This morning…

I got out of bed this morning, did some morning stretches and felt a twinge in the shoulder area, 2 seconds later there was pain. So I’m sitting on the couch now trying to type this with one hand. I was hoping to post my Apple and Cinnamon cake recipe today, and I feel terrible that I can’t.applecakeHopefully, I can get enough rest today and share this recipe with you tomorrow.

Trying to rest my arm,

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August Break 2014, Capturing life

The August Break 2014… Week Three

Here is my week three of…augustbreaklistweekthreeDay 15 Blueweekthree1Day 16 Look downweekthree2 Day 17 Bookshelfweekthree3Day 18 Jump.. fun on the trampolineweekthree4 Day 19 Black + Whiteweekthree5 Day 20 Peaceful.. a lovely weekend getaway hubby and I hadweekthree6Day 21 Treasures.. 1900’s children’s shoes, my hubby’s late aunties cup, an old Agfa camera, an old Cine Kodak magazine camera and a little brown bottle I found on a vintage huntweekthree7Day 22 Shadow.. riding on a 1948 diesel train

Next week I will share week four which is the last week of The August Break 2014, happy snapping!

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Baking, Doughnuts, Recipes

Home-made Doughnuts

This post is an entry into the Nuffnang ‘Fresh Recipe’ Network Competition, thanks to BRITA. Check out betterwithbrita.com for inspiration and exclusive recipes by Gary Mehigan’.

On occasions at our house, we delve into the wonderful world of home-made doughnuts. I always thought that making doughnuts from scratch would be too difficult. Well, I can tell you right now that they are very easy to make. I don’t make them very often though as they are a special treat. But when we do, we thoroughly enjoy them!brita16

Home-made Doughnuts
 
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Recipe type: Doughnuts
Serves: lots
Ingredients
  • 2 tlbs instant dried yeast
  • 1 cup warm filtered water *
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I use 1 cup milk with 2 tlbs vinegar)
  • 180 gms melted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5-6 cups plain flour
  • 2 tlbs baking powder
  • 2 tsps salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • icing sugar and milk for glaze
  • sugar and cinnamon for cinnamon mix
  • *you can substitute the filtered water for unfiltered water.
Instructions
  1. Add the warm filtered water to a large bowl and whisk in 2 tlbs of yeast until dissolved.
  2. Then add buttermilk, melted butter, sugar, 2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well with a large spoon until combined.
  3. Add 2 more cups of flour and mix in. It will start to form into a soft dough, keep mixing.
  4. Add another cup of flour and again mix in. At this time I scrape out the dough and place it on a floured surface. I then start kneading the dough and add the rest of the flour if needed. The dough needs to be soft and not sticky. If you need to add more flour, please do.
  5. Once the dough is ready, you can roll it out on a floured surface to ½ inch/1.2 cms.
  6. Using a round dough cutter (I used a 2½ inch/6.3 cms) cut out the doughnuts and place on a baking tray covered with baking paper. I also cut out the middle of the doughnut dough with a small cutter from a biscuit cutting set.
  7. Once all the doughnuts have been cut out and placed on a tray, let them rise until they have doubled in size (about 45 mins)
  8. For cooking: I use my deep fryer. Temp 170°C. Cooked on each side for 1 min.
  9. I cook 4 doughnuts at a time. When they are done, I either glaze them with the icing mix or cover them in the cinnamon mix. Then they are placed onto a cake rack lined with baking paper.
  10. After all doughnuts are cooked, you can make a tea or coffee and sit down to eat them.
  11. Enjoy!

brita I use filtered water in my doughnut recipe. I find it makes a difference to the mixture, it gives the dough an aerated feel. The final product also comes out light and moist.brita2Whisk together warm filtered water and yeast.brita3 Add buttermilk, melted butter, 2 cups of flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.brita4Mix well, until all combined. You will have a wet mixture that looks like this.brita5 Keep adding flour until your dough is soft and not sticky.brita6 Roll out dough until 1/2 inch/1.2 cms thickbrita7Cut out doughnuts with a round cutter.
brita8 Cut out a hole in the middle with a small cutter (I used a small biscuit cutter from a biscuit set)brita9 brita10Once all the doughnuts are cut out, place them on a baking tray. Let them rise until they have doubled in size.brita11 Setting up the deep fryer.brita12The glaze and cinnamon mix are ready.brita22Watching the doughnuts cooking in the deep fryer.brita14Cooked for 1 min on one side and ready to be turned over.brita13 Covering the doughnuts in the glaze.brita15Covering the doughnuts in the cinnamon mix.brita17 Doughnuts are done and ready to be served.brita18 brita19 They are the best doughnuts. They are delicious, soft, fluffy and just sooo gooood!brita20We all love them especially the kids.
brita21Sometimes we have some left over, and sometimes we don’t!

Do you have a recipe that you only make for a special treat? 

Happy doughnut making!

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August Break 2014, Capturing life, Photography

The August Break 2014… Week Two

Here is my week two of the August Break 2014…
augustbreaklistweektwoDay 8 Selfieweektwo1 Day 9 In my bagweektwo2 Day 10 Drink… coffee in my favourite cupweektwo3 Day 11 Handwriting… my daughters beautiful handwritingweektwo4 Day 12 On the table… the packing of the school lunchboxesweektwo5 Day 13 My guilty pleasure… vintage plate collectionweektwo6Day 14 Hands… my hand in marriage

Next week I will share week three of the August Break 2014, happy snapping!

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Kids

The Kids verdict On The Cake…

Waiting for the kids to come out of school. I see them coming, they walk over to me.

“Hi kids, how was your day?”

“What was in the cake?” 11 yr old

“Why”

“Because there were bits in it.”

“There was walnuts, carrots and sultanas. Didn’t you like it?”

“Not really. Can you not put that in my lunch box tomorrow please.”

“Did you like it?” this said to my 9 yr old

“Yes, it was nice.”

“Did you want some for tomorrow?”

“No thank you”

My 6 yr old didn’t have any as she told me she didn’t want that cake when I was packing their lunch box. My 16 yr old liked the cake and took another piece today.

I do like the kids trying different cakes instead of always Chocolate and Vanilla. I might just make a carrot cake next time and see if they like that. I think they just don’t like the bits in this cake.

So it looks like there is just more cake for me to eat with my coffee!

walnutchiacake5Have you baked anything that your kids or hubby doesn’t like? 

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