24 September 2011


Before I begin my rambling-for-the-week, I would like to say the picture from the post before was ACCEPTED IN TASTESPOTTING! It was 3 am, I saw comments for this blog, became extremely fabulously happily excited, quickly went to my blog, and saw 300 VIEWS!! At that point of time, i did something stupid to test if i was dreaming (but that's for another day). Knowing it's not me, I checked Traffic sources and Voila!

Previously, I have submitted a few but was rejected. It was really a big deal for me because either my photography improved or my annoyance towards the Tastespotting committee finally got me through. So, thank you and please know that I SINCERELY SINCERELY and HUMBLY thank you for every visit! 

Back to rambling, its DONUTS! (I recently realized its actually spelled as Doughnuts - Dunkin Donuts got into my head). The thought of donuts always brings me to Homer Simpson! Anyone a fan of The Simpsons, please be my friend. I need to be able to quote Matt Groening and feel less ridiculed.

"Kids, you tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try"
- Homer Simpson

Yes, I'm a nerd and searchquotes.com comes in handy to crack me up. Especially this one:

" When my girlfriend and I fight, I tighten the top of every jar and bottle in the house,
just so i can say "Oh yeah, you need me now, huh?" "
- Unknown
Back to the donuts. I used to love Jam-filled donuts, Chocolate topped donuts, Peanut butter-peanut butter-peanut butter donuts. I still lo-ooo-ve them but as I grew taller and (*coughs*) rounder, I started preferring these Cinammon-Spiced-Sugar-Coated donuts. Alright, as I grew rounder I should have quitted donuts entirely but hey, who can? 

This recipe was first introduced to our household ages ago, slowly perfected and now, a classic dessert that "mysteriously" disappears right after it was served. We never get the chance to see the "Donut Monster" (we call it) but it's always there on time.

This donut recipe is chewy, rather moist compared to other donuts but fluffy at the same time and in one word "YUM!". Personally, I'm not a huge fan of small things, or crispy donuts, we make them thick and in all honesty, I would have them even without the toppings.
Potato Donuts (Jesica's Home Style)

500 g Plain Flour
11 g Yeast (1 sachet)
a pinch of Salt
130 g Sugar

1 Large (2 medium) Potatoes boiled and mashed (for fluffiness, mash through a sieve)
75 g butter
3 eggs

75 ml of milk

Add everything together and slowly pour in milk.
At this point of time, you would have to begin kneading and discerning the appropriate texture of the dough.
Knead for 30 minutes or until dough does not stick to the hand. This may sound tedious, it is, so find a friend to talk to.
Note that the dough ends up independent, it must not stick to the hand.
If dough gets sticky, do not be afraid to grab some more flour. If you're in doubt, continue kneading.
Please forgive me for the unclear measures. It always differs every time i make these, due to weather and body temperature.
One good news though, all ingredients can be cold, right out of the fridge.

After kneading, cover with cloth in a warmer place for 30 minutes or until it doubles (mine triples).
Punch it down and knead. (Fear not, it would rise again even if you knead it hard and throw it around )
Pull apart pieces of the dough and shape as you wish (that's the homemade style!).
As you shape the doughnuts, you will realise that they will rise (again), make sure to space them apart or you would have to re-do them.
Once they've plumped up, prepare oil on medium heat (Oil should be just deep enough to coat half the thickness of the donuts). Whilst frying, I use wooden frying chopsticks and poke through the middle, twirling the doughnut round and round until golden brown than turn it over.

How do you know if it's cooked? They will float. Quickly pat them dry and take a bite!

That's all folks,


  1. Congratulations on the post. The doughnuts look delicious.

  2. Thank you! Although pictures for this one got rejected again, I'm not giving up! :)

  3. Congratulations! I find Tastespotting so hard to crack...I've only ever had one set of pics accepted but will keep persevering and trying to improve! Those doughnuts look absolutely delicious - definitely want to try making some soon :-)

  4. Thank you! My arms and (awkwardly) my butt were sore, the latter an extreme mystery.. I guess it's a work out too! :)

  5. Congratulations on getting your picture in Tastespotting. It's never fun to be rejected, but it sure makes the acceptances sweeter. I love how pretty these donuts are. (Don't worry, it's okay to spell them both ways.)

  6. Congrats on your Tastespotting acceptance! I need to check them out. And yum, now I'm hungry for donuts.

    Thanks for checking out my blog! As you've noticed I don't really have an "About Me" page... it's quite embarrassing, I need to get around to that! Looking forward to your next post :)

  7. Congrats! You certainly do have some beautiful pictures. The donuts look just lovely.

  8. @ Nicole: its true, the acceptance tasted so sweet.. Was a complete shock to me!
    @ Ingrid: yes, please get to the "About me" :D I love reading about people
    @ Annie: So much more to learn from your photos! and everyone else, as a matter of fact T_T

  9. Congratulations on getting your photo accepted on Tastespotting, I gave up trying awhile ago! These donuts do look amazing, you can see how fluffy they look. Mmm donuts.

  10. @ Mandy: wow... i would accept your pictures without a second of doubt!!! They always look so amazing to me :)

  11. Congratulations! How could anyone not love this photos. And, the doughnuts? I'm drooling over here. Seriously.

  12. @ redmenace: Thank you! I wish i could learn photography from your husband! He takes such amazing pictures of food! :) Hope the storm is clearing...

  13. Congratulations on getting your picture onto Tastespotting! It's such a great feeling! They drive me crazy and reject so many of my photos!

  14. @ Jo-Anna: Thank you! I realise they have a few other criteria such as, how rare/interesting is the food in the picture.. If you're going to post a red velvet cupcake picture, there's a hundred others already and the bar is raised. BUT if you put a rainbow cake, there's only 10 or 20 and the bar is lower HAHA... =P

  15. I know what you mean about tastespotting... I'm always overjoyed when I get accepted. :) That said, these donuts look yuuuuumy! :) No mater *what* tastespotting says. :)

  16. @ Paula: Thank you! they only said one thing "Composition" hahaha :) Thanks for visiting!

  17. i think i saw your picture on tastespotting! congrats on getting getting accepted - it's deserved!
    and did i tell you how scrumptious your donuts look?

  18. @ Jennifer: Thank you for visiting back! I need to learn more! :)

  19. Congrats on your tastespotting acceptance. I can understand the frustration that comes with rejection as I have experienced it multiple times but I think it has also helped me take better pictures. Although I still have so much to learn, I am always delighted when my picture gets accepted and published :)

  20. @ jinkzz: Me too! so glad that whenever i open the tastespotting webpage, i shiver a little --in excitement :)


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