Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tempting Doughnuts With Chocolate Glaze, Guest Post By Vineetha

One thing about blogging that I love is -one gets many friends who shares same passion- cooking and blogging. One among them is my friend and fellow blogger Vineetha. I met Vinee at Blogger’s Buzz and I was simply adorned by her simplicity. Her best quality is that she is a very good listener; she smiles and listens to you very patiently  After meeting her face to face I can only say that she is a perfect example of “Simple living and high thinking”

When I came back from the event I browse through her site Malabar Ruchi and I can say that I had a little blog crush :). I requested her to do guest post for my blog and she thankfully agreed.With her simple yet innovative recipes, superb fondant cakes and impeccable photography no wonder that Malabar Ruchi is one of the most popular Indian food blogs. If you do not believe me, then look for yourself, stop at her site and see the breathtaking recipes like Princess cake, Vanilla cake with strawberry mousse, Power Ranger Cake , Tuna cutlets and many more.

I am super excited that Vinee agreed to guest post on my blog. I happy to announce that Merry Tummy loves-  Malabar Ruchi.

Now to our Chit-Chat session

Shweta- You are a busy mom and kids generally choose junk food. How do you manage to cook food for his taste also keeping in mind the needs for nutrients? Is there any tip that you will like to share with other mothers?
Vinee- I am a lucky mum when it comes to my son's food habit, he was introduced to all kinds of food at a very young age so he is not a fussy type and when it comes to junk I am a strict mum, I don’t buy or stock junks at home. We can't tell  kids not to eat  junk food  if  we ourselves eat it  in front of kids, so I believe that  if parents sets a good example of healthy eating habits ,kids will follow it.

Shweta- What made you start blogging? How long have you been blogging? Is there any particular etiquette that you like to maintain while blogging?
Vinee- After moving with hubby, away from home, family and friends days seemed longer to me and just to keep myself occupied I started my blog with the  passion for cooking.I have been blogging for 5 1/4 years now but in between I took a big break when my little one joined us :) 
Regarding etiquette,I always try to respect the audience and try not to post anything offensive to hurt anyones feeling.Also when I follow a recipe from other blogs, I always give due credits to the original recipe.

Shweta-Let us now talk about cooking. Which is your favorite ingredient in the kitchen and why?
Vinee- Favorite ingredient in my kitchen?hmmm… It’s a tricky one, I should say my spices and among the spices my favorite one is Fennel, love it so much!

Shweta- Ok! Now which ingredient scares you the most and why?
Vinee- I have to say hot oil scares me the most…its mainly because In college  since pharmaceutical chemistry was my subject I had to spend lot of time in labs and my friend and roomie  had a splash of some hot chemical into her eyes which gave me the biggest scare ever !

Shweta-Hot oil and you still chose to make doughnuts! This is called as facing the fears. How do you spend your time other than cooking and blogging?
Vinee- Other than cooking and blogging I spend my time playing with my son, catching up with friends, and also little bit of volunteering in my son’s nursery.

Shweta- Like any other profession, I am sure cooking also has its share of difficult instances. Any such awkward moment?
Vinee- Of course I had some awkward moments, especially during the initial days of cooking. I remember long time back when I invited someone over for dinner  I somehow added a little extra chilli powder and poor guests were  sweating and going red and struggled a lot with my spicy food.

Shweta-He he that’s funny. I can see some real wonderful food pictures in your blog. It is said that one eats with his/her eyes before actually tasting the food. Do you believe so-your comments?
Vinee- I strongly believe in that now, here is an interesting story which happened recently, there was an international food tasting day in my sons nursery and I prepared some banana fritters for the kids and so did the other mums and the clever 3-4 year olds were eating only the food that looked good with sprinkles and decorations and half of the kids were not even ready to taste my fritters :( So I learnt my lesson that day, even if a food tastes delicious it it won’t be a winner especially with kids if it doesn't look good :)

Shweta- Uh! That was interesting. You bake some real good and perfect fondant cakes. Was this a self taught skill? What would be your advice to someone who has never made fondant cake?
Vinee- Thank u Shweta, I am a self taught decorator and I learnt the basics of fondant decoration like covering a cake with fondant, coloring it, cutting out shapes, making simple figures etc from YouTube’s and I am sure if are a kind of person who enjoys playing with kid's play dough, you will surely enjoy working with fondant and with little practice and patience anyone can do it.

Shweta-And finally, which is your most proud moment in the blogging?
Vinee- Proudest moment is when somebody tries my recipe and let me know that they liked it, I feel so happy and proud at the same time :)

With warm welcome over to Vinee-

Making doughnuts were in my " to do list " since a long time especially because my little one is a big doughnut fan.For  his 3 rd birthday party  he picked doughnut as a party food and I bought 12 -15 of them and the down side of those store bought ones were they were too big for 3 year olds especially  after eating other  the party foods,so when u make them at home you can make smaller ones and choose the icing of your choice.I was pretty happy with the way they turned out ,not too sweet and had a milky flavour too.Next time I might halve this recipe as I ended up making 11-12 doughnuts.

Recipe source: Rias collection

Ingredients(makes 11-12 medium doughnut )
Flour - 250 gm
Yeast - 1 1/2 tsp
Warm Water - 100ml
Granulated sugar - 60gm
Milk powder - 1tsp
Egg - 1 (beaten )
Butter - 40 gm
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Oil for deep frying

1.In a glass add yeast,warm water,sugar and keep it side until it froths.
2.Sieve the dry ingredients and keep it aside.
3.Rub butter and flour with your fingers until it becomes flakes.
4.Make a well and add yeast and mix.
5.Add beaten egg and knead  well until you get a smooth dough.
6.Let it proof for 30 mins - 1 hours until the dough is double in size.
7.Once its double punch the dough and divide the dough into 11-12 balls and flatten it a little bit to a circle of 1/2 inch  thickness and with a bottle cap or round  nozzle cut out the middle.
8.Cover it with a cling film and allow it to proof again for 40 minutes.
9.Deep fry in very hot oil on a medium flame until they are golden brown.
10.Allow the doughnut to cool down before you coat them.

Ingredients for Chocolate coating
Milk chocolate - 100gm
Double cream - 100 gm

In a pan add cream and when it is about to boil switch off the flame and add the milk chocolate.Once the chocolate is melted give it a quick mix .

1.Dip the doughnuts in chocolate ganache and pop them onto  to a wire wrack to drip the excess chocolate.
2.Sprinkle the doughnuts with sprinkles of your choice.

This doughnuts tastes better the same day,but if you are eating the next day just warm them in the microwave for few seconds.
You can aslo eat warm  doughnut with a dollop of your favourite ice cream which tastes really lovely !

Thank you from Merry Tummy


  1. I like your blog and the amazing clicks .I have just started following you and it would be highly encouraging if you may follow my blog too.

  2. Thanks for the lovely introduction dear..grt job preparing the questions .Big thank u for making the guest post happen :)

  3. Good read :) Loved the lil chat between u too.. And for the doughnuts, its mind blowing :)

  4. Hello there...lovely guest post you two. Glad to have met you thru Vineetha.


  5. tempting donuts..

  6. Thanks Sapna for stopping by. I am also following you :)

  7. You are welcome Vinee...It was my pleasure having on on board @ merrytummy

  8. Thanks Manju :) Glad to see ur comments

  9. delicious doughnuts,i love to have a one,so yummy.

  10. My son's fav.will give it a try.superb.

  11. WOW ......Amazing donuts
    Will try this weekend for sure :)
    Loved your chit chat too !!

  12. Thanks for liking all of it Shruthi

  13. Thanks Maha, yes Vinee did a great job

  14. Nice to meet you through Vineetha. She got a wonderful collection of recipes and an awesome space. It was really nice to know more about Vineetha through your chat session.

    You have a great site!!!

  15. Thanks Sibi- Ya she has superb recipes. Thanks for stopping by

  16. Thanks to vinee-she is the one :)


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