Chocolate Glazed Yeast Donuts

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

We love donuts are our house. In fact there is a great donut “factory”, Dunford Donuts, within walking distance. Okay, it’s really a couple of miles from my house, but I figure if I walk there I’m burning off all the calories I’ll get eating the donuts.  🙂

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Bacon Gruyere & Tomato Tartlets


Such a perfect little bite to eat – these little bites of loveliness are just right whether they’re a snack for hungry hoards after school or gracing the table at an afternoon tea.

Just one word of warning from me, do not eat one warm from the cooling rack, you won’t be able to stop at just the one and half will have disappeared before anyone else gets a look in!

Ingredients :


225g plain flour

100g butter, cold diced

Pinch of salt

1 egg, medium beaten

1-2 tbsps cold water


80g sweet tomato relish

200g thick cut bacon (approx. 4 rashers)

50g Gruyere cheese, grated (use a good strong cheddar if you’d prefer)

100ml single cream

1 egg, medium

Salt and pepper


Oven Temp:       180c(fan)/200c/Gas Mark 6.

Makes: 12 tartlets

Freezing:  Suitable for freezing for upto 1 month.


To make the pastry place the flour and cold diced butter in a large mixing bowl or for speed in the bowl of your food processor.


Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips  or blitz with the processor until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.


Stir through the pinch of salt and make a well in the centre.

Add the beaten egg and work into the mixture until the pastry begins to come together, adding a little extra water if necessary.


Knead lightly  until smooth.


Cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

While the pastry rests prepare the filling.  Grill the bacon and allow to cool.


Yes I have 5 rashers, the extra one is going on a sandwich for my lunch!

Trim away the fat and dice into small pieces.


In a jug beat together the single cream and egg and season well with salt and pepper.

Once the pastry has chilled grease the recesses of a 12 hole bun tin.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured worksurface to approx. 4mm in thickness.

Cut out 12 rounds using a pastry cutter and use to line each recess of the tin.


As you cut them out set them on the top of the recess and then carry on cutting out.  As the pastry relaxes it will start to shape into the hollow.


Once all 12 are cut out, press them very lightly so that they line the recesses neatly.


Add ½ teaspoon of tomato relish to the base of each pastry case.


Divide the bacon pieces and grated cheese between each.

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Pour the cream mixture into each case, taking care not to overfill, you just want to surround the fillings.



Bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes until golden.

Release from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Serve warm or cold.


Bacon Gruyere and Tomato Tartlets

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New Notre Dame Safety Thomas Harper Highlights

Notre Dame picked up a safety/slot corner transfer on Friday in the portal in the form of Oklahoma State defensive back Thomas Harper. Over four years and 42 games, Harper had 93 tackles, a forced fumble, and two interceptions. He was a 2020 2nd Team All Big-12 selection for the Cowboys. With Notre Dame losing …

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it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s the time of the year again when I start to crave for holiday treats!

Here’s my first Christmas bake, a batch of simple wholemeal banana cupcakes…easily prepared with just a few quick stir using a manual whisk and a spatula.

They are great as homemade Christmas gifts to share with friends and families.

The cake is moist, tender and has a little nutty texture from the wholemeal flour. It is chock full of delicious banana flavour, and despite cutting down on the sugar amount, the sweetness is just right.

I hope to be able to post a couple more of my Christmas bakes before I leave for my holidays. I will be spending this Christmas home away from home, and I wish we could get to make a snowman this year!

Banana Wholemeal Cupcakes

(makes 12 cupcakes)

235g plain flour
75g wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
135g caster sugar
90g unsalted butter, melted
125ml fresh milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
315g over ripe banana, mashed


  • In a bowl, stir together plain flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with a balloon whisk until blended. Add in the caster sugar, melted butter, milk and vanilla extract, whisk to combine.
  • Add in about 1/3 of the flour mixture. Stir with the balloon whisk till combined. 
  • Add in 1/2 of the mashed banana. Change to a spatula and fold in to combine.
  • Add in 1/2 of the remaining flour mixture. Fold in with the spatula to combine.
  • Add in the remaining mashed banana, fold in to combine. 
  • Finally, add in the remaining flour mixture and fold in to combine, make sure there is no residual flour on the bottom of the mixing bowl. Do not over mix.
  • Spoon batter into paper muffin cups, fill it to about 90% full. 
  • Bake in preheated oven at 180 degC for 20 to 25 mins till golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in airtight container at room temperatures for 2-3 days.

Recipe source: adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Baking

Healthy Overnight Oats With 3 Delicious Flavors

WHY I LOVE THIS RECIPE: Healthy Overnight Oats are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast for anybody who loves a simple, filling breakfast or a person who is kicking the New Year off with a few healthy changes. Mix it up every day with my 3 delicious overnight oats flavors, or come up with some of your own using your favorite flavor combinations! 

No more excuses for skipping breakfast! The most important meal of the day gets a tasty makeover with my easy Healthy Overnight Oats. Not only will I teach you how to make the base overnight oats recipe for this healthy breakfast option, but I’ll also give you a rundown through 3 amazing Overnight Oats flavors, including Banana Nutella Overnight Oats, Peanut Butter And Jelly Overnight Oats, and Apple Pie Overnight Oats! 

This is a great grab-and-go breakfast too. I like to make my overnight oats in a mason jar so I can just run out the door with it in the morning. (Okay, sometimes there’s no “running out the door,” but that certainly doesn’t mean I don’t need something quick, hearty, and immediate in the morning.) 

Double or triple this recipe, made with old-fashioned rolled oats, your milk of choice, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and a touch of maple syrup and vanilla for flavor, so you can whip up a breakfast for every member of the family for tomorrow’s breakfast. You won’t be sorry you put in the work tonight when you get to enjoy at least ten more minutes sipping your morning coffee. 

Table Of Contents

What Are Overnight Oats? Overnight Oats Vs. Cooked Oats

Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. Instead of heating the oats in milk or water the morning of, overnight oats are made by soaking them overnight, giving them plenty of time to absorb the liquid to make them soft enough to eat. Overnight Oats are just as creamy as the morning-of method, and I think they are even denser and more delicious. 

Overnight oats may even be healthier than cooked oats as they retain their nutrients better than cooked oats! 

Are Overnight Oats Healthy?

While I feel confident enough to call this recipe my “Healthy Overnight Oats,” I still want to give this question a quick answer: Yes, overnight oats are healthy. 

According to Healthline, oats are one of the healthiest grains on earth! Oats are gluten-free and a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Oats can help lower cholesterol, improve your blood sugar, and can even help you lose weight.

I highly encourage you to read through the article to see all the healthy benefits of adding oats to your diet. Of course, always consult your healthcare provider or nutritionist regarding what foods are best for you and which ones you should avoid. 

Tools You Need

Two photos of the overnight oats ingredients in glass bowls - the oats, chia seeds, bananas, and milk unmixed on the left, and all of the ingredients mixed together on the right.

Ingredients For Healthy Overnight Oats

For the base recipe, you’ll need:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats: For overnight oats, you 100% need to use old-fashioned rolled oats, not quick oats or steel-cut oats. Quick oats will get too mushy, and steel-cut oats won’t soften enough.
  • Milk of choice: I like whole milk in most of my recipes, but for Healthy Overnight Oats, feel free to swap it with the milk of your choice; this could be skim milk, almond milk, soy milk, or whatever!
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt helps your oats get a creamy texture and helps you stay full longer! You can also make dairy-free overnight oats by opting to use dairy-free yogurt. 
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds are optional, but I like to add them to overnight oats because they up the fiber, protein, and omega-3’s in the oatmeal. Plus, I think they add a nice texture! 
  • Vanilla: A little vanilla extract helps flavor your base overnight oat recipe and will help bring out the flavors of anything else you add.
  • Maple syrup: I like to use maple syrup as a natural sweetener for my oatmeal. 

To make Banana Nutella Overnight Oats, you’ll need:

  • Nutella: You can make your own Homemade Nutella or use your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread. 
  • Bittersweet chocolate: I like to add chopped bittersweet chocolate to my Nutella oatmeal for that extra chocolate flavor and some different texture. 
  • Banana: Bananas and chocolate go great together, but you could experiment with other fruits in this recipe too!

To make Peanut Butter And Jelly Oats, you’ll need:

  • Jam: Add in your favorite flavor or jam! 
  • Peanut Butter: Use your favorite store-bought peanut butter or try my Homemade Peanut Butter recipe. 
  • Peanuts: Add in some roasted peanuts for more peanut flavor and a great texture.

To make Apple Pie Overnight Oats, you’ll need:

  • Apple: You can’t have apple pie without apples! I typically use Granny Smith apples for baking, but you’ll want a sweeter apple for overnight oats, like Honeycrisp.
  • Maple syrup or honey: The base recipe calls for maple syrup, but you can switch that out for honey for a different flavor profile.
  • Pecans: Roasted pecans add a nice nutty flavor and help break up the texture of oatmeal.
  • Cinnamon: Apple pie needs to be delightfully spiced, which means you need warm cinnamon!

3 jars of Overnight Oats in 3 different flavors: banana Nutella, pb&j, and apple pie on a wooden table with metal spoons.

How To Make Overnight Oats

Making overnight oats couldn’t be easier! 

  1. First, you need to make the base recipe by mixing the ingredients in either a bowl or a jar.
  2. Then, add in the mix-ins of your choice.
  3. Cover and let the oats rest overnight (or at least 8 hours.)
  4. Before eating, give the oats a good stir and enjoy!

How Long Do Overnight Oats Last? How To Store Overnight Oats

I recommend eating overnight oats the morning after you make them, but you can store them in an airtight container for up to five days in the refrigerator. If you are storing them for longer than one day, be sure you pay attention to signs if your oats went bad.

How Can I Tell If My Overnight Oats Are Bad?

If you’re storing your oats for longer than one day, there are a few signs to pay attention to ensure you don’t eat oats that have gone bad.

Signs your oats have spoiled include mold and the liquid completely separating from the oats. 

An additional sideview of the 3 jars of Overnight Oats so you can see the layers of ingredients in glass jars on a blue wooden table.


Are overnight oats gluten-free?

Yes, oats are gluten-free. However, always check your packaging to ensure they are gluten-free and have not been processed in factories where there could be cross-contamination. 

Are overnight oats vegan?

You can make vegan overnight oats by opting to use vegan yogurt and a plant-based milk alternative. 

Why are my overnight oats runny? Why are my overnight oats dry?

You want to be sure you are adding the right amount of liquid to your overnight oats. If they are too runny, chances are you added too much milk; if they are too dry, you likely didn’t add enough milk. A good ratio to stick to is 1:1. This base recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of the milk of your choice. 

Why are my overnight oats slimy? 

It’s normal if your overnight oats are slightly slimy. Oats become “slimy” when they sit overnight because the starches in the oats release liquid over time.

To avoid unappetizing, slimy oatmeal, stick to the 1:1 ratio.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips

  • The base recipe below is for one serving; however, you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the recipe.
  • The recipe is set up below for individual servings, but you can make a large batch of the base in a big bowl, then anyone can scoop it out into a separate bowl and put whatever toppings they wish.
  • These are just three suggested flavors, but feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors like fresh berries or fruit, dried fruit, spices — you name it! If you like it on your regular oatmeal, it will work in this overnight version.
  • If you are concerned about fruit like apples or bananas getting brown in the refrigerator overnight, you can add them right before you eat your oats; however, add the other mix-ins to sit overnight.
  • For an extra boost, stir in protein powder into the base. (If you don’t regularly use protein powder, be aware that some powders can have a slightly gritty texture.)

A close-up of 3 jars of Overnight Oats in all 3 flavors with metal spoons in each jar, on a blue wooden table.

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3 jars of Overnight Oats in banana Nutella, pb&j, and apple pie flavors, on a blue wooden table.


Healthy Overnight Oats In 3 Delicious Flavors

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With my grab-and-go Healthy Overnight Oats (with 3 delicious flavor ideas,) there's no excuse to skip breakfast!
Course Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soak for 8 hours
Servings 1 serving
Author Gemma Stafford


Base Overnight Oats Recipe

  • ½ cup (1½ oz/43 g) old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup (4 fl oz/120 ml) milk of choice
  • ¼ cup (2 oz/57 g) Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Banana Nutella Overnight Oats

  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnuts, chopped
  • ½ banana, diced
  • 1 tablespoon bittersweet chocolate, chopped

PB and J Overnight Oats

  • 2 tablespoons jam (flavor of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts, chopped

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

  • ½ small apple, diced
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon pecans, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Make the base recipe: In a small bowl or jar, combine the oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup.
  • Add in the mix-ins of your choice.
  • Cover and let rest overnight (or for at least 8 hours).
  • The next morning, give the mixture another stir, and enjoy! Store in the fridge for up to another 24 hours.

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