D is for Doughnuts!

IMG_2215    Is it "donuts"? Or is it "doughnuts"?? I never know. I’ll go with what I think is the Australian version (doughnuts) shall I? Either way, since adopting a wheat free diet over 2 years ago, this girl has not had the opportunity to indulge in these childhood treats. Then the blog world jumped on board, and began teasing me with wonderful baked doughnut creations. Gluten free, vegan, the possibilities seemed endless. The only problem?? I did not have a doughnut pan in which to make said doughnut creations. Nor could I find anywhere in Australia or online that sold the pans. It was big drama, you know. That was….until now. IMG_2168 Before we left for the US, I had a short list of things I wanted to buy while overseas. Vibrams, lara bars, some clothes….and most importantly, doughnut pans. And while it took me a while to actually find them, I literally skipped with glee when I finally had them in my hot little hands (much to the shop assistant’s amusement/concern). IMG_2167 So I guess it goes without saying that the first sweet treat to be baked in the BBB household on returning from our overseas adventure was to be doughnuts. IMG_2170 Inspired by Ashley’s recipe, along with a few tweaks of my own. I followed the same base recipe for both my full size and mini doughnut varieties, using both gluten free flour and spelt flour, but made adjustments for their cooking time and the toppings. IMG_2171 The result? Soft vanilla doughnuts that smelled amazing fresh out of the oven. But, let’s be honest, when it comes to doughnuts, its all about the toppings! IMG_2185 For the large doughnuts, I drizzled them with melted chocolate, then finished them with some fun sprinkles. IMG_2188 For nothing says ‘fond childhood memory’ more than sprinkles! IMG_2210 I couldn’t get over how adorable these doughnuts were… IMG_2197IMG_2205 And not to mention… IMG_2216 Photogenic! IMG_2202 - Copy    So much so that I had a lot of trouble narrowing down which photos I would use in this post. Along with the regular sized doughnuts, I topped the batch of mini doughnuts with a mixture of ground cinnamon and sugar. IMG_2220 The taste and aroma of which immediately took me back 20 years, when our family would stop for a big bag of warm cinnamon donuts on our car trip to the Victorian Coast. IMG_2224 So very moreish indeed. IMG_2226 I served these doughnuts for dessert at our Mexican fiesta last weekend, and with only a couple leftover, I am calling my first batch a success! IMG_2227 But a big question now remains? What flavour to create next??? Basic Baked Doughnuts (makes 12-14 large doughnuts or 24+ mini doughnuts) (Adapted from here)

  • 1/2 cup gluten free plain flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour*
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk**
  • 2 tbs apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease the doughnut pan.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients, then whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (the batter will be quite runny).
  5. Pour the batter into the doughnut pan, filling only to halfway. You may need cook the doughnuts in batches depending on how many pans you have.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the doughnuts spring back when lightly touched.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before topping.

*To make a gluten free variety, you could substitute the spelt flour for gluten free flour or perhaps rice flour (although this will probably change the texture slightly). I used spelt flour as I am able to tolerate small amounts of spelt, and found that it gave the doughnuts a nice springy texture. ** You could quite easily substitute the milk for non-dairy milk such as soy or rice if you prefer. Chocolate glaze: Melt 1 cup of milk chocolate chips and 1/2 tbs butter in the microwave, stirring to combine. I heat the chocolate chips/butter for 30 seconds, stir, then continue to heat in 10 second increments until smooth and glossy. Drizzle over the cooled doughnuts, and allow to set. Cinnamon sugar: Combine 1-2 tbs caster sugar and 1-2 tbs cinnamon in a small bowl. Brush doughnuts with a little melted butter, then sprinkle over the cinnamon sugar until the doughnuts are well coated. What about you? What is your favourite doughnut variety? And is it ‘doughnut’ or ‘donut’???

A BBB Mexican Fiesta

IMG_1329 With fond memories of the wonderful Mexican food we indulged in while travelling through the USA last month…. IMG_1336 I wasted no time on our return to Australia in attempting to recreate the wonderfulness at home. Corn tortillas, marinated meat, fresh ingredients…. IMG_2266 A little Mexican fiesta if you please…. BBB style. I figured that our regular Sunday night family dinner would be the perfect opportunity to spread my love of tacos and guacamole. But, rather than rely on the boxed old ‘el paso concoctions, I wanted to go gourmet. Just a little gourmet. So in place of the regular minced beef / seasoning taco filling, I had a lamb shoulder simmering in tomato, spices and citrus all afternoon, until the meat literally fell off the bone, and was able to be shredded with ease. IMG_2246 Back into the sauce (that I had reduced until it was more of a syrup than sauce), and we had ourselves the first taco filling… IMG_2252 Pulled pork…BBB style! And in case pork wasn’t your thing, chicken thighs poached with onion, then shredded and stirred through a coriander onion pesto, resulted in our second taco filling…. IMG_2237 Coriander chicken (recipe to follow!) IMG_2241 But no Mexican fiesta would be complete, of course,  without a big range of tasty and fresh fillings. And, when they are all laid out in a ‘build-your-own-taco’ production line, well it is easy to keep all hungry mouths (and all fussy tummies) happy. IMG_2260 The selection? Cinnamon sweet potato puree, guacamole and chopped pineapple…. IMG_2262 Tomato, red onion and lettuce…. IMG_2253 Sour cream and grated cheese…. IMG_2255 With a little coriander and leftover cheddar olive cornbread, to make the meal complete. IMG_2257 But what about the edible bowls and plates? We settled on two choices of tacos – hard corn shells…. IMG_2269 As well as soft corn tortillas. IMG_2271 While the meats for this fiesta may have taken a while to put together, the meal itself could not have been simpler. Just chop and display – and let the family go taco wild! A little dinner fun for all concerned 🙂 IMG_2258 I stuffed two taco shells with the rich pulled pork, together with as many of the fresh fillings I could fit in…. IMG_2264IMG_2265 And a soft corn tortilla, loaded with the coriander pesto chicken and fresh salad. IMG_2263 It was actually hard to pick a favourite between the two taco varieties, but I did really enjoy the pulled pork. Sweet, rich, and delectably tender. Made all the more delicious by my other taco must have ingredients – guacamole, cheese and fresh coriander. IMG_2267 Our little Mexican Fiesta turned out to be a perfect send off for the weekend. And, having a tonne of ingredients leftover has certainly made my lunch choices easy over the next few days! Oh yeah…..and did I mention dessert???? IMG_2199 Stay tuned! What about you? What is your favourite taco ingredient?

Fun in the sun

Training: Bike 48km IMG_0470 What a wonderful day! Like yesterday, I awoke this morning to find blue skies and warm sunshine. A perfect Spring day. Mr BBB headed out for brunch at a local cafe, then on to the Thai embassy which was having an open day. IMG_0467 IMG_0464    The embassy was packed by the time we got there (an hour after the gates opened), filled with people eager to sample the Thai food on offer and experience Thai culture. IMG_0462 IMG_0475 IMG_0478 I was pretty full from breakfast, but did find room for a shaved ice, topped with coconut milk, pineapple, coconut jelly and red beans. IMG_0474 I wasn’t too sure about the red beans, but the coconut ice was delicious! IMG_0471 Mr BBB went for a plate of treats – including a crab ball, prawn ‘twisters’ and a vegetable fritter. IMG_0476 Our bellies full, we made our way back home and changed into our bike riding gear. P9190488 My training plan called for 2 hours on the bike, and Mr BBB agreed to accompany me for half the ride. P9190489 We rode into the city, then Mr BBB headed off for a coffee, and I continued my ride lake-side. P9190490 *Sigh* not long after I took this picture I was swooped by a magpie. I won’t go into details – but let’s just say this “bird-phobic” gal was hysterical had a slight meltdown . Bird attacks aside, it was  a glorious day to be out for a ride. P9190492 After 20 minutes I turned around and re-traced the path back into the city to meet up with Mr BBB (taking a big detour to avoid the ‘bird’). P9190494 We then  had another 40 minute ride to reach home.  Overall, I spent approx 2:10 hours on the bike, and covered 48km! As I have mentioned before, biking makes me hungry, so as soon as we arrived home I headed upstairs to make a smoothie. IMG_0479 Spinach, frozen cherries, oat milk and protein powder. IMG_0480 Demolished in about 4.5 seconds and the perfect recovery drink. Oh and some leftover GF cake may have accompanied my smoothie…. IMG_0481 These kept me happy until our early dinner. Leftover mussaman curry (which I mistakenly said was an Indian dish yesterday – I obviously meant to say Thai!)… IMG_0483 And lentil and spinach dahl. A carb-alicious end  to a day of fun in the sun! Half Ironman Training – Week 2 reflections Well week 2 is completed and I am still going strong. I fit in 2 swim sessions (3.3km total), 3 bike rides (111km total) and 2 runs (total 16km). I missed one run due to poor weather, but all the others went ahead as planned. Body – Overall  my body is feeling really good and seems  to be adapting to the increase in training. I am a little stiff from yesterday’s run (argh the hills), and although I was worried about how my legs would feel during today’s ride, they actually held up really well! I have been sleeping really soundly though, which is a clear sign that my body is working hard. Brain – This was a good week mentally. I was motivated and really enjoyed each training session. Even yesterday’s run, which was hot and hard, didn’t crush my spirits too badly. Balance – It was a tough week work wise and I was feeling quite tired. But my training sessions didn’t seem to interfere with the work / life balance too badly.  Happy Baking 🙂