Its March Break! Kids are home and hubby and I alternate in taking vacation from work to spend time with them.
Its been fun so far. So much to do- Kevin is good with occupying himself with projects. When he is not watching Netflix (one of his favorite things to do around the house) he would work on his Lego set, draw pictures, paint and help me bake in the kitchen. This month, I am doing a lot of baking (accidentally on purpose 😉 ) and Kevin is my little helper.
Lately, he is interested to ask a lot of why’s. Kevin is so intrigued with the science behind baking. He is fascinated by the way bread is made in the oven and how it expands after spending an hour inside it. Baking being one of the basic science we perform on an every day basis, it is easy for me to discuss with him the scientific nature of it and how a change in the “formula” of ingredients, can change the outcome drastically.
Not to mention, Netflix offers us parents great support this month to soothe the scientific aspirations of our young curious minds. Sometimes, it is hard for us to talk about the wonders of science with our kiddos and come up with new ideas often.
With their variety of science inspired titles like world’s Deadliest Volcanoes, Netflix have got us covered by helping us learn about the fundamental elements, or getting an education on germs.
Browse on Netflix today for the big line up of science inspired titles for little kids and big kids. There is still time to fill up their March Break with some wonderful science 🙂
Mean time, check out what else happened while we watched the science shows on Netflix. That’s right, We baked some Carrot Cake Donuts! What a delicious way to discuss the wonders of science with my little helper! 🙂
Make your own with the recipe below and enjoy the rest of your March Break with little people at your home. Oh, and don’t forget to get your “science fix” from Netflix while you are at it!
Happy Baking 🙂
Baked Carrot Cake Donuts
BAKED CARROT CAKE DONUTS- RECIPE
This recipe is measured for 16 donuts and it will be ready in 35 minutes.
Ingredients for Donuts
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon allspice
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups carrots, shredded
Cream Cheese Frosting- Ingredients
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Optional: shredded carrots and chopped nuts for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a donut pan and set aside until needed.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. Fold in the shredded carrots.
Transfer the batter to a zip lock bag and cut off a tip. Pipe the batter into each donut cavity, filling 2/3 of the way up.
Bake the donuts for 8-10 minutes. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool.
To make the cream cheese frosting, mix the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the confectioner’s sugar and mix (gradually increasing speed) until the sugar is fully incorporated.
Add the vanilla and whisk until the frosting is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Frost the top of the donuts, and garnish with carrots and chopped nuts.
Note: These last up to 5 days in a sealed container.
That’s it! Yummy Carrot cake donuts are ready to be served and enjoyed warm while you watch Netflix! Just the way we all like it, isn’t it?
Anyways, in other news, my hubby and I started watching Season 3 of House of Cards.
Swiss Chalet kept us company while we watched the first episode, courtesy of Netflix! It looked something like this 😉
So, you see! Life with Netflix this month was eventful…Catch up your time on it if you are behind with your shows. Happy watching and happy baking 🙂
****This post is written by me in partnership with Netflix Stream Team Canada. All opinions expressed here are my own****