Tuesday 29 August 2023

An Easy Cinnamon Bun Recipe

Cinnamon Bun Recipe
Cinnamon Roll Recipe

On a rainy Autumn afternoon, there's nothing I love more than baking a batch of fresh cinnamon buns. As the rain hits the window, I love to cosy up with a blanket and a film, but these deliciously soft (and incredibly moorish!) cinnamon buns are just the perfect addition to round off my perfect Autumnal afternoon. 

Personally I love to top my with a cream cheese frosting, but I have also used a vanilla icing glaze and they've been just as delicious - it's all down to personal preference. 

Ingredients (8 cinnamon rolls) - 

For the dough -
350g White Bread Flour
1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk
180ml Milk
50g Caster Sugar 
7g Yeast 
55g Butter 

For the cinnamon filling -
30g Butter 
60g Light Soft Brown Sugar 
2tbsp Cinnamon 

For the vanilla icing topping - 
120g Icing Sugar
14g Butter
15ml Milk
Vanilla Extract 

Method - 

Start by melting the butter. Leave to one side.

Then heat the milk until it's lukewarm and place in a bowl with the yeast. 

Once the yeast has dissolved, add in the sugar followed by 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk. Once stirred in, add in the melted butter too and stir again.

Once combined, slowly add the flour and mix until it forms a dough. 

Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. 

Place in a bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size. 

After it has risen, place dough on a floured surface and lightly dust your rolling pin with flour. Roll out the dough until it's in a rectangle and then spread slightly softened butter for the filling all over. Mix sugar and cinnamon together and spread that on top of the butter too. 

Slice the dough into eight equal sections. You want them to be around 1 inch wide and 15 inches long. Now roll them up starting from the bottom and seal the seam with a brush of milk.

Place your rolls into a lined and greased dish. You want to leave a space between each roll. Leave to rise for 60 minutes.  

Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees. Place the cinnamon rolls in the oven for 40 - 45 minutes or until golden brown. 

Leave to completely cool before icing with either cream cheese frosting or a vanilla glaze. 

Have you made a cinnamon rolls recipe? 


Wednesday 23 August 2023

Look Fantastic The Box: August Edit

Look Fantastic Beauty Box

Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review

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Beauty boxes are a great way to test out and find new products that you can add into your daily regime. In the Look Fantastic August Box there are products to pamper from head to toe, including three full size products. You can buy the Look Fantastic August box as a one off purchase for £15 or sign up for a 12 monthly subscription for £13 per month - this month's box is worth over £51!

The product I am most excited to try out is the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask as it promises to soothe dry skin and have a cooling effect on the complexion. I've heard of Peter Thomas Roth masks before and having a deluxe size feels like the perfect way to try out it out before purchasing the full size. 

To go alongside my new face mask, the Look Fantastic August box also contains something that can help me along with my skincare routine. The So Eco Mask Applicator does exactly what it says on the tin. This silicone brush head is used to apply a face mask which therefore helps to get an even application of the face mask and makes it less messy overall. 

Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review

Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review

I'm always excited to try out new skincare products and in this months edition of the box there is a Revolution Skincare Multi Acid AHA and BHA Serum which is used in a similar way to a traditional mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes and the AHA acid consisting of lactic acid, glycolic acid and fruit acids promises to help to exfoliate away any dead skin leaving your complexion feeling smoother and looking brighter. I feel like this is something I'll need to use as the weather begins to change next month. 

I feel like I've potentially found a new favourite in the Ciate Coconut Lip Oil as I've only use it a couple of times, but I can already tell the nourishing formula is a winner for me. It feels hydrating on the lips without being sticky and the glossy finish is still natural looking.

It's not just my lips that are getting hydrated, but also my body too. This time with the Rituals The Ritual of Karma Body Cream which has a delightful scent that lingers on the body, whilst the rich, but fast absorbing texture sinks in the skin leaving it feeling supple and rejuvenated. 

For the hair, Look Fantastic have put in the Bleach London Reincarnation Mask to nourish dry and damaged hair. Once again, this feels like a great size to either go away on holiday with or try out before buying the full size version. 

Have you checked out this month's Look Fantastic Box?


Friday 4 August 2023

Early Autumn Home Decor Finds

Early Autumn Fall Home Decor
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Whenever August rolls around, I always get a little excited about Autumn. Although I'm not quite ready to let go of the long evenings and warm, sunny days outside, I have started to look for some home decor pieces for the new season.

Picture this. The rain is pouring outside and you've got snuggled up in bed with a book or a cosy film. The perfect place to rest would be amongst a Pumpkin Duvet Cover and this one is similar to a duvet design I bought a few years back now. To match, I have been eyeing up this Pumpkin Tufted Cushion which I think is cute and lovely if you just wanted to add accents of Autumn around your house.  

If you want something spookier than this then the Dunelm Ghost Tufted Duvet Cover would be a great pick, whereas if you want something more on the Autumnal theme then this Vintage Woodland Duvet would be just as great! 

It always feels like I start Autumn shopping early, but honestly most of the time it's because the best stuff goes first and I don't want to miss out. TK Maxx and Homesense are my favourite places to shop for rare items and it's not well known that you can get pieces online delivered to you. I keep an eye on the new in halloween page and I'm hoping there will be more for the Halloween pieces released as we get further into the season.

Shopping for kitchen items is always one of my favourite things to do and George at Asda has this Pumpkin Shaped Mug and Pumpkin Shaped Teapot which I think so many people will want to get their hands on - how cute are those two together? Matalan is also another favourite place to visit in the Autumn season and this Pumpkin Mug would be a great addition to my kitchen as well. 

Have you spotted any new in Autumn home decor? 

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