Homemade Sweet Bun

These homemade eggless sweet buns are super difficult to resist!! They are soft, fluffy and delicious that makes a perfect snack, breakfast or meal. Nothing can beat freshly made homemade sweet buns. They are quick and easy to make but you need to be careful with the measurements!

Believe me once you start baking buns at home you will stop buying from market. These buns tend to melt in mouth and would not last long! This a winner recipe with kids too J

Starting with the recipe!

Ingredieants ( For 10-12 Buns )

  • All Purpose Flour – 2 ½ cup ( 1 cup = 250ml )
  • Vegetable oil / Canola oil – 2 tbs
  • Butter – 2 tbs

Keep little extra butter for brushing the buns.

  • Sugar – 4 tbs
  • Salt – ½ tb
  • Baking powder – ½ tb
  • Sesame seeds – 1 tb (as per your choice)
  • Chia seeds – 1 tb (as per your choice)
  • Instant Yeast or Active Dry Yeast – 2 tbs

Yeast Preparation ingredients ( If using Active Dry Yeast )

  • Active Dry Yeast – 2 tbs
  • Water – 2 ½ tbs
  • Milk – 2 tbs

Keep little extra milk as we would need them to brush the buns.

  • Sugar – 4 tbs

In total only 4 tbs sugar will be added in the recipe. But you can add more if you want the buns to be sweeter.

Method

Start with activating the yeast if using “Active Dry Yeast”

Warm up the milk for a few seconds. Do not boil the milk, it should just feel lukewarm. Add the measured tablespoons of active dry yeast, water, milk and sugar to it. Whisk it well.

Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and it will start looking like a thick creamy paste. In another 5 minutes it will get all bubbly and foamy. It can take a little longer at times. The end result for yeast should be thick, frothy and “almost” doubled in size.

This process is called proofing yeast. It is done to make sure active dry yeast (not instant yeast) is alive and active. If by any chance the yeast does not froth or bubble even after 30 minutes of wait time, you need to discard the mixture and start afresh. You cannot make buns without successfully going through this process.

  • If you’re using “Instant Yeast” like me – it needs to be added to the recipe directly. No proofing is required.

Coming to the next step we need to prepare dough for the buns.

In a bowl combine all-purpose flour with salt and baking powder, and mix it well. You can sieve all three together to avoid any lumps. It is a tried and tested method to make sure no lumps-bumps-knots are left in the mix!  Make a well in the middle of the flour and combine the proofed yeast and gradually add water and milk to it. Further mix butter and oil to knead flour into a smooth, soft pliable dough. Remove the dough from the bowl; dust the work surface with flour and start kneading for at least 7-10 minutes until the dough forms an elastic consistency. Kneading enhances dough elasticity and gluten formation. If not done well the buns will come out dense. If by any chance the dough feels sticky, don’t panic! Consider adding more flour to it.

  • Now, if you are using instant yeast then unlike active dry yeast it doesn’t needs proofing. Instant yeast will be added straight to the dry ingredients and the results will be the same.

Once the dough is kneaded, place it back in the bowl and cover it with a wet towel. Set it aside in a warm place and let it rise until it doubles in size. It should take around 1 hour or additional 30 minutes to rise. To check the dough if it’s ready for the next step, poke a finger in the dough to make an indent/hole. If the hole remains and doesn’t bounce back that means it is ready. You will see how dough is all airy and puffed up. So the next step is to punch the air out of the dough with your knuckles. Then remove it from the bowl and knead it on the dusted work surface for another 5- 7 minutes to a smooth and rounded dough. This step is important to bake lighter buns.

Now shape the dough into a log and divide them equally into 10-12 dough balls. Take one piece of the dough and roll it with the palms of your hand into a ball. Roll all of them and place the buns onto the pre-lined/ butter or oil brushed – baking tray or any oven resistant dish. Keep some distance between the dough balls. Cover them once more with the wet towel, and let them rise again for about 30 minutes to an hour. You will see they’re sticking to each other as they rise but that is how it is supposed to be.

  • You have to give sufficient time for the dough to rise otherwise you will get dense buns.

While you’re waiting for the dough to rise, pre-heat the oven to 170ºC – 200º C or 325ºF – 400ºF

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Now brush the buns with milk and butter. Sprinkle sesame and chia seeds on the buns and bake them for 10 -12 minutes or until light brown from the top. You will see that the top of the bun is hard but still soft when pressed lightly. Apply butter to the freshly baked sweet buns and it will soften the top giving it a shine and fragrance. Run a butter knife around the edges and toss them out of the baking pan. Let the bottom of the buns dry out completely. This is important to do because due to heat condensation buns will turn moist and wet at the base. These buns will separate super easily.  Our sweet buns are ready to melt in your mouth!20161214_184434.jpg

  • If you want soft buns make sure to preheat the oven and keep the tray at the middle rack. If your buns don’t brown in the given time frame, put them on broil (place the tray on top rack- closest to the heating rod) for 30 seconds to a minute max and remove them immediately. We don’t want burned sesame and chia seeds and also overcooking will harden the buns.

xoxo

Tripti

Secret  Fairy Garden

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This garden project is very dear to me because it is part of my fairy fantasy and part of what I grew up with. I inherited the love for gardening from my parents. We had around 200 types of plants from flowers and herbs to bonsai at our rooftop. We had peacocks, squirrels, birds and monkeys as surprise visitors every now and then. Taking care of our little rooftop garden was part of our chores and me and my elder sister hated it. That is until we got older.

Now I’m managing a small garden in my patio. I have potted several varieties of flowers, grow vegetables and herbs. I love houseplants too as it promotes health, gives depth to the space and has decorative value. It fills my heart with a sense of pride, peace, and relaxation to witness them blooming and sprouting.

Coming back to the point it’s my first attempt in ‘themed garden in a pot’. I saw a video on facebook sometime back and was super inspired. So finally I thought of trying my hand at it and visited Lowe’s and Walmart to collect all I needed.

Here is the list of things I bought and used in the making:

Lowe’s

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  • Dianthus – $ 1.9820170410_151425
  • Dracaena Godseffiana – $ 3.4820170410_151441
  • Schefflera “Moon Drop” – $ 3.4820170410_151434.jpg

Check the tags on the plants for tips on how much water and sunlight they require. Mine are all mix of full sun, high light, medium light and part sun with little variation of water requirements. But they all are thriving well with each other. I keep them well hydrated and expose them to indirect sunlight from 2:30pm till 7:30pm as l have west facing house.

  • White Pot – $ 14.98

Make sure there is hole at the bottom of the pot. This will allow excess water to drain through the soil easily. Place a saucer under the pot to avoid leaking. 

Choose a pot that you find appealing – simple or decorative. You can buy wooden/ clay/ plastic or resin pots of any size you want. Plastic and resin pots are lightweight and are easy to move or hang whereas wood and clay pots are heavy though sturdier.

Walmart

  • Toy Fairy Castle – $ 5.9720170410_151644.jpg
  • Mini Craft Sticks – $ 1.9720170410_151733
  • Brown Acrylic Paint (to paint mini craft sticks as fence)
  • Aquarium Gravel20170410_163111
  • Troll

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  • Pink Sequin Ribbon (100% acrylic)20170410_163237.jpg

I used my collection of shells from Anna Maria beach, Florida and a conifer fruit for troll which is found in abundance in Michigan and used few plastic ferns too.

It’s very important to find a good potting mix. It’s not advisable to use your garden soil as we are using potted plants here and they need loose and light soil texture. I have used Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. You can buy soil mix from Lowe’s/ Home Depot/ Walmart/ local garden etc. Try to look for a soil mix that includes fertilizers and organic matter.

I started with filling one fourth of the pot with soil. Placed Dracaena Godseffiana, Daffodil and Moon Drop at the other end of the pot, accommodating the root ball of each one of them and filled with more soil for the support. Next l planted six Dianthus in a row creating a boundary and patted down soil lightly with fingers to push out any pockets of air. We need to lightly water the plants at this point since potting mix soils are loose and airy and it will get pushed down with water weight. If the soil depresses more than you planned then adjust by adding more soil on top of it. 

Once done with potting of the plants start with the other half of the pot. I wanted to place toys on a lower ground hence l added less soil in the front to create a lower landscape. Now comes the decorating part finally! “The pot with fairy theme”. Yey!!!! I erected a fence of mini sticks by Dianthus line. Then pressed my “treasured hand-picked” shells to cover the soil and also to prevent water-soil running down to fairy picnic spot (we don’t want that to happen ever :p ). Fixed the fairy castle at one side and further filled the visible soil with aquarium gravel. Gently placed the pink sequin on the gravel for the fairies to chill out. At the back of the pot I placed a conifer fruit and put our tiny troll on top of it. And lastly for the final touch propped the plastic ferns around the castle and at the back. There it completes the look l finally wanted, and ta-daaa we’re done! 

You can now make your own version, and can use my project as a guideline and do even better! I’m going to buy a stand this weekend and flaunt the mini garden pot in my living room. I really enjoyed this mini garden project and hope you guys do too.

P.S. Keep the soil moist, but do not saturate it too much and avoid spilling water on toys. Keep in mind the watering instructions that come with the plant. Trim away any dry or dead leaves. Mine needs a little trimming too! 😀

Xoxo

Tripti

Homemade Yummy Hummus

Hummus is one irresistible dip from the Middle East. Healthy, simple, yummy – all in one. Its popularity has extended all over the world now. Made with just seven ingredients, it requires no cooking and is loved by kids too.

I made it for the first time because my daughter loves it, and it was super yummy.. so I have documented the recipe for you to try 🙂

This recipe doesn’t require you to buy tahini from the market. We’ll make our own  :)(similar taste)

Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas: 1.5 cups – soaked overnight
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Sesame seeds – 2.5 Tbsp
  • Olive Oil – 4 Tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon – 2 Tbsp
  • Black Pepper – 1 Tsp
  • Piri Piri seasoning powder (Optional) – To Sprinkle

Method:

Soak the chickpeas over night, so they take less time to boil the next day.

Boil it the next morning, would roughly take about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, slightly dry roast 2.5 tbsp sesame seeds. Roasting them would give a yummy nutty flavor to tahini. Roast till they are slightly golden or light brown. Let them cool.

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Grind the seeds with about 1.5 tbsp of oil (add little more if it seems dry). I could not make a creamy texture since the quantity of seeds was too less.

Strain the chickpeas now, and keep some water aside. Peel the chickpeas for a creamy hummus, else it might give a grainy texture to the hummus, which isn’t bad either. Just your preference. It just takes 10 minutes and a little patience 😉

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Boiled Chickpeas

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Peeled Chickpeas

Add the chickpeas to the tahini along with all the other ingredients, save a few chickpeas for garnishing 🙂 Grind it for a good amount of time – about 4-5 minutes, or until it is perfectly buttery 🙂

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Take it out in a bowl, and garnish it with boiled chickpeas, piri piri seasoning. You can also use rosemary or parsley for garnishing it and adding a slight flavor to it 🙂 Enjoy it with pita bread!

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Enjoy and stay tuned for homemade pita recipe!

Happy cooking 🙂

Love,

Soumya

Black Beauty – Colorbar’s Just Smoky Kajal (Just Black 001) – Review and Swatch

Hey girls,

Today I’m reviewing a very basic and integral part of our daily makeup routine – kajal pencil. I’ve spent nearly 10 years of my life, since college, in indentifying the kajal that suits me, doesn’t smudge or just vanishes in a while. In the quest of finding the right kajal, I have tried at least 10 brands and haven’t really been satisfied with any.

I recently bought Colorbar’s Just Smoky Kajal  (Just Black 001), and have fallen in love with it. It comes with a soft spongy smudger at the other end of the pencil.

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Brand Claims: It is a long-lasting, multi-tasking eye pencil. It is a 3-in-1 pencil, which serves as an Eyeliner, Kajal and an Eye Shadow. It comes with a built-in soft smudger for a smoky eye look.

Price: INR 650

Qty: 1.2  gms

Packaging: The pencil comes in an outer cardboard box, which mentions the ingredients. The pencil inside is a black sharpenable pencil with caps on both ends, one for the pencil and the other for the smudger.

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My Review:

This is the most favorite part of my makeup kit. It is creamy matte jet black shade. The pencil glides like butter, on the waterline and lash line alike. It gives a dark, prominent and velvety appearance. I have very shaky hands when it comes to applying an eye liner, but this pencil is so smooth, it makes the task seem so effortless, with no trouble to the eyelids.

The brand claims that it stays the whole day and I have found this to be true. I’m used to rubbing my eyes without thinking about my eye makeup…and this product has been quite handy that ways 🙂 no touch up required during the day. And yes, it’s waterproof..yayyy! 🙂

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The smudger at the back is amazing too. A slight smudging of the liner with the cushion sponge provided in the pencil gives subtle expert-like smoky eyes.

A very helpful product for makeup amateurs 😉

What works:

  • Long stay
  • Creamy jet black texture
  • 3-in-1 product
  • Requires just a single application for perfect kohled eyes
  • Easy application

What doesn’t:

  • It needs to be sharpened, hence wastage of the product

Overall Rating: 4.9/5

Love,

Soumya

Coco-Rose Scrub

Hi!! 🙂
How is it going guys! 😉
As a beauty enthusiast I love trying new face packs, scrubs, oils, masks…

So today I’m going to share a very simple DIY luxurious face and body scrub.
l made it to gift my friends..hope they like it 😀

I have named it Coco-Rose Scrub!

It is highly moisturizing as I’m using a non-drying exfoliator – White/Brown sugar crystals prevent moisture loss and gently buffs away dry, dead skin cells while a superior blend of precious oils nourish and moisturize.

This gentle, sugar-based face and body exfoliant hydrates the skin with virgin coconut oil and rose petals. It effortlessly melts onto the skin and helps it look brighter and more even textured revealing smoother and fresher skin.

Coco-Rose scrub gives your skin a subtle glow and fragrance that is neither too heavy nor too floral. It leaves skin silky soft and hydrated with a light scent of coconut and rose petals.

It’s Heaven in a jar!

To make Coco-Rose scrub all you need is..

  • Rose petals – 1 cup
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbs
  • Brown sugar/ white sugar – 3/4th cup
  • Rose essential oil/ rose essence – can skip

Any other oil that you are specially fond of or just skip!

Melt the coconut oil and add rose essence/oil. l have added a few drops of lavender oil as well.

Grind rose petals on a mortar pestle or use any mixer available to you..and of course wash them thoroughly first 😛

Add ground rose petals to the brown sugar (l have used finely granulated because I have a very sensitive skin).

Now put them in the jar and voila you have one awesome scrub!!!

I have used it on my face and it feels like baby’s bottom 😀 and smells like I’m out of a spa! Very relaxing and yummilicious 😀

P.S. You can also try Citrus oils which will help to brighten the skin and along with brown sugar it gives an iconic scent.

Xoxo

Tripti