Sunday, August 23, 2015

Doffins Recipe

doffins recipe

Doffins are pretty new to me. Maybe they're a whole new thing. I feel like people try to make hybrids of foods a lot. Some, such as the cronut, are absolutely glorious. Doffins? I don't think they're on the same level as a cronut, but they're interesting at the very least. They're a cross between a donut and a muffin, hence doffin. I found my inspiration from Anna Saccone Joly (her baking videos always inspire me, along with How To Cake It which you NEED to check out right now).

They don't taste much like donuts to me. The concept is that they're healthier than donuts because you avoid the deep frying, I think. I've heard of people having them for breakfast (probably minus all of the sugar) so you could give that a go. They're quite light and less sweet than a normal muffin. They're hard to describe but they're really easy to make, so I think they'd be great to make with kids or if you don't want to spend a long time baking.

doffins recipe

The recipe is from Asda but I've edited certain parts to my taste (i.e. to somehow add chocolate). So the fillings aren't NEEDED and you could pick anything you want basically. I tried a few versions.

You will need:

For the doffins:

10g unsalted butter
  • 85ml sunflower oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 125ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 100g caster sugar

  • For the filling:

  • 125g raspberry jam (optional)
  • A bar of chocolate (optional)
  • Chocolate ganache (optional)
  • Fudge (optional)

  • For the coating:

  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 100g granulated sugar

doffins recipe

How To Make Them:

  1. For the doughnut muffins, pre-heat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Grease 12 holes of 2 muffin tins or silicone muffin trays with the unsalted butter. Put the sunflower oil, egg, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat with a fork until evenly blended.
  1. Sift the self-raising flour into another large bowl and stir in the caster sugar. Add the oil, egg and milk mixture and stir until just mixed. Don't stir too much or the dough will be tough; it doesn't matter if there are a few lumps.
  1. Put about half the mixture into the muffin tins.
  1. Using the raspberry jam, chocolate, ganache, fudge, or filling of your choice, put a slightly rounded tsp of jam (or a similar amount of another filling) in the middle of each muffin, then cover with the rest of the mixture. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and risen and the tops spring back when lightly pressed.
  1. Make the coating while the doughnut muffins are cooking. Melt the unsalted butter and put it in a bowl.
  1. Put the granulated sugar in another shallow bowl. For the chocolate coating, pour some sugar into a plate, then finely grate a bar of dark chocolate onto the plate so that you have half chocolate, half sugar or slightly less chocolate than sugar. You could also use cocoa powder. 
  2. As soon as the muffins are cooked, tip them out of the tins and immediately brush all over with the melted butter. Roll them in the granulated sugar or chocolate sugar mix until completely coated. Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving.

doffins recipe

So basically I customised the fillings and coatings because chocolate is life. I tried chocolate, chocolate and fudge, raspberry, and plain. The chocolate was, of course, my favourite. I wanted to try a chocolate ganache filling, which I think would be really nice, but I didn't have any cream and was too lazy to go to the store (story of my life). You can find recipes for ganache online but it's basically heating up cream and pouring it over an equal amount of chopped up chocolate, then covering until almost melted, mixing until melting, and either using it as it is, or leaving it overnight at room temperature to thicken & then whipping.

Be aware that with the chocolate coating, the chocolate melts a little if the butter is too hot, so let it cool a little and be aware that they'll be more patchy than the sugar ones. Not that my sugar ones aren't patchy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Drew Gabby / Velvetgh0st (Again)

It's a day off work for me which means a day of playing World of Warcraft and drawing things on Photoshop. I told myself it was a day of cleaning but we all know that is absolutely not going to happen.

Anyway, I was hit with inspiration by Gabby's blonde wig which she wore in some Instagram pictures. I love the colour of it on her and I couldn't resist drawing her. She just has a very drawable face... Plus, I fancied trying out a new style. I need to step away from perfectionism and use more creativity, which I'm trying to do but it's HARD. Also, I'm awful at drawing outlines on Photoshop and I'm lazy so if there's an outline in my pictures, it's gonna be shit.

I have a real love for big eyes and anime eyes, so that's what I was going for here. I think I should've gone even bigger, but maybe next time.

Why is this blog post suddenly a critique of my own artwork.

I'm done. Right click > open image in new tab to see it bigger.

Mean comments will be deleted ok I do not want your critique (unless you have advice for my crappy lines (other than spend longer on them)).

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Battle Of The Foundations

I've tried a fair few foundations in my time (mostly drugstore), and I'm constantly searching for something better. I go through phases of ADORING a foundation, and then I go off it, or something better comes along, but I don't think that anything is ever perfect. I thought I'd put four foundations to the test, wearing one each day, and decide which was the best of the bunch by the end of it.

The first to test was Bourjois Healthy Mix. I'd convinced myself that this was the greatest foundation of all time. And I do love it! It's got a nice, dewy finish, it's not too orangey, it feels (and smells) nice on the skin, and it blends well. I wore this at work - a six hour shift of constant moving and physical activity, so a lot of sweating. Even with powder I would expect any foundation to wear off by the end of it. And it did. It looked quite frankly awful by the time I got home, and could've done with a whole new coat to look fresh again. As far as colour goes, it's too dark for my skin (I think), but not overly so. I just have to be careful with how I blend it and make sure I get my jaw (which I always seem to miss...) to avoid gross lines.

Lasting power: 5
Finish: 7 / dewy
Colour: 6
Coverage: 6
Feel: 7
Blendability: 7
Bonus: smells 10/10 :)

Secondly I tried L'Oreal True Match - a foundation which was my absolute favourite about a year ago. It is the PERFECT colour for pale girls, it's quite lightweight, and it's easy to blend. By the end of my six hour shift, this wasn't looking too good. It was patchy and worn off, and clung to certain areas of my skin. Not even dry patches, because I'm pretty sure I have none of those, just... patches. It wasn't a good look. Honestly I don't know how I feel about this foundation and I think it's main selling point for me is the colour. I don't think I'd wear it on its own, but I do use it every single day to mix with another foundation to get it closer to my skin tone.

Lasting power: 4
Finish: 6 / normal
Colour: 10
Coverage: 6
Feel: 7
Blendability: 7
Negatives: goes patchy

Mac Studio Fix is a favourite among many, and rightly so. It's high coverage and gives a nice, natural finish on the skin. It lasts well and has an SPF of 15 which is always good in my books. I expected this to come on top, since it's Mac and Mac is God and all. It did still look good by the end of the day. Not flawless, but better than the other two. No clinging to areas or going patchy, but worn off as you'd expect. As far as colour goes, this is too dark for me, but it isn't the lightest shade unlike the other foundations I've mentioned, so I can't give it any minus points for that really! It's a little thicker and harder to blend than the other foundations, but it gives a much better coverage. I also find it feels a bit gross on my face and like I've got too much on it.

Lasting power: 7
Finish: 8 / natural
Colour: N/A
Coverage: 7
Feel: 6
Blendability: 6

I've saved the best for last! The L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte foundation is the latest addition to my foundation collection, and I think I've firmly decided it's a favourite after this. By the end of my day at work, this was still looking pretty great. I would happily walk around after work without touching up my foundation. I was actually surprised by how well it stayed on since I didn't expect it to. This foundation is good for when you want a matte look, which I sometimes do. It also gives a very good coverage and the colour isn't bad either. The real negative of this is the packaging. It doesn't have a pump - you basically squeeze the bottle like you would with a lotion to get it out. I find this annoying since it's harder to measure how much you use, and I feel like it would run out faster than my other foundations because of this.

Lasting power: 8
Finish: 8 / matte
Colour: 7
Coverage: 8
Feel: 7
Blendability: 6
Negative: packaging

So to conclude, in first place is the L'Oreal 24H, second is Mac Studio Fix, and I think third is a tie between Bourjois Healthy Mix and L'Oreal True Match.

I hope you found this post interesting / helpful - I don't particularly like just doing reviews of products which already have thousands of reviews out there so I thought this was a good way to create something a bit more unique and helpful in a different way. If you do want individual reviews of the products, I have reviewed Bourjois Healthy Mix and L'Oreal True Match (first ever blog post!) in the past, but they might be a bit dated compared to my opinions now. Like I said, my views change a lot!

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Dry Shampoo Can Cause Hair Loss?!? (Help.)

Bonjour amigos. Long time no sprechen. 3 languages in one. V impressed with myself. Aaaanyway. I was trailing the internet a few days ago as you do, enjoying my morning SkinnyMint teatox, when I encountered a harrowing article about one of the Lord's greatest inventions - dry shampoo. I consider dry shampoo a very good friend of mine so was shocked at its betrayal. I don't know why I've turned this post into some sort of novel. Long story short - overuse of dry shampoo is vvvvv bad. I think I already knew it was bad but I'd forgotten? For those of you that DIDN'T know, read on, and put that dry shampoo bottle down.

Lee Stafford spoke up about the negative sides to using dry shampoo frequently, such as HAIR LOSS (?!) and other bad things. No surprise really. I'm sure you all know that dry shampoo doesn't actually clean your hair, but absorbs the oils as a quick fix & avoiding all of the effort of actually removing your clothes and entering a shower cubicle for roughly 20 minutes. God forbid we give up any of our precious time these days. (How could I possibly blog if I actually had to wash my hair every day?) SO THIS OIL ABSORBY STUFF also clogs up the pores on your scalp, and can lead to flaking and soreness and even bleeding. Literally please, if my scalp ever bleeds I will just lie down to die. But these things can lead to your hair falling out. And you going bald. :---)

The moral of the story is: do not use dry shampoo every day. I don't even know about every other day anymore. I'm thinking once a week, if that. The fear of hair loss is real.

Just thought you might like to know. Just in case.

(P.S. whilst on the subject of dry shampoo, I would recommend this herbal essences one over batiste. Cheaper I think and lots of volume. Don't use Aussie. It sucks. Let me know your views in the comments.)