I wanted to update you guys on how my diet has been going. I started counting my calories and aiming for high protein content. After talking to a trainer about my specific body type we decided I need at least 115 grams of protein a day. Now that is really hard for me. I need to search for a protein powder I like that is low on sugar. Until that happens I’ve been reaching for grilled chicken, tuna, nuts and eggs.
I honestly cannot think of anything better than a hot fresh donut. Our favorite donut shop is only open a few hours in the early morning and you have to get there first to ensure the best pick of their selection. I have never had a bad pastry from them, but some are definitely better than others. Their signature yeast donuts filled with peanut butter, dipped in chocolate, and topped with fresh bananas inspire me to get creative with my pastries. I actually started this recipe with something completely different in mind, but once I started I realized we were out of heavy cream. I was planning on making a cheesecake filling topped with chocolate ganache, but I ended up making a chocolate cheese cake topping. You could add more cream cheese and make it a filling, but I liked it as a topping even better.
What you need
For the donut dough- My favorite yeast donut recipe is from Chow.com.
My adapted version:
2 1/2 cups of bread flour (I use king aurther and I can definitely tell the difference)
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp fine salt
1 packet of active yeast
1 cup of warm milk ( I used 2%)
3 heaping tbsps of sugar
1/2 stick of room temp unsalted butter
3 egg yolks
For the topping:
1/2 cup chocolate (milk and dark)
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces low fat cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
Use the bread paddle on your mixer and mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast while warming your milk. I toss the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add in your milk, vanilla, eggs and butter and mix until the dough forms a sticky ball. If you have a bread machine you can dump all the ingredients in the bowl and put on the dough setting. Let rise for at least one hour.
One the dough rises flour your surface and rolling pin and roll to about 1/2 thick. I use scotch glasses to cut my circles out. Put all your dough circles on a pan and cover. Let rise while the oil heats up. I have a fryer with canola oil and I set mine to 350 degrees. Once the oil is hot add your dough and cook for about 2 minutes before flipping. The donuts should be a nice golden color, but beware because they will burn very quickly after they reach that point.
When you make the topping the easiest way for me is to put the cream cheese and milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat for about a minute. Add the chocolate chunks and stir until melted. You can use a mixture to speed up the process. Add in the sugar.
I like dipping the donuts while the topping is still warm. Sprinkle as desired. Enjoy!
Summer is always filled with fun late night outings. You can finally wear bright tank tops and show off the mediocre tan you achieved from an afternoon in the sun. Summer nights also give me the chance to wear five kinds of bronzer and no one will be the wiser!
Are you seeing a trend? I cannot escape these glowing products. The makeup industry keeps on releasing these incredible products that allow us to be creative, but still embrace our skin.
Summer is one of my favorite times of year to try new products. New collections and bright colors always seem to be popping up. Habitual self tanning is accepted by my coworkers. Grilling out every night becomes the norm. I also get to bust out a lot of favorites that get tucked away every fall.
Sometimes you just really need a cheat day. I tracked my diet and excersize using the fitness pal app this week. It was a really easy way to count my calories and monitor my fat/protein/carb intake. To reward my hard work throughout the week I decided to do a cheat meal tonight. I did make a few changes to the original recipe to slightly lighten it up, but my no means is this a healthy dinner.
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It has been insanely hot here in Georgia this month. Plus with all the rain we have had it has been extra humid. Today I decided to work with the weather and created a – I just got back from vacation – look that will actually work with the heat.