I like making fresh bread rolls because it's good knowing all the ingredients that go in and there's something satisfying about being able to make something yourself.
Great for burgers, packed lunches and picnics. This recipe has only 6 ingredients and is easy and simple to make. A healthier alternative to store bought bread.
The only thing you'll need to prepare yourself for this recipe is allowing the dough to rest twice. So best done when you have some time up your sleeve.
1 and a 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons olive oil
1. Pour the warm water into a mixing bowl and stir in the sugar.
2. Add the yeast and leave for 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy.
3. Add the salt, olive oil and half of the flour and stir to combine.
4. Then add the remaining flour and stir.
5. On a flour dusted surface knead the dough for 10 minutes and then leave to rest in a flour dusted bowl for 1 hour, covering with a tea towel. It's best to keep in a warm place for the dough to rise. Also if you are under time constraints you can rest for less time but for best results try to leave for at least 1 hour.
6. Knead the dough and divide into portions. This will make 16 dinner rolls or 8 larger burger rolls. Roll each portion out a little and place onto a greased baking tray to rise again for another hour. Once again if you are under time pressures you can reduce the rising time but longer is usually better. Turn on the oven to preheat at 180 Degrees C / 360 Degrees F.
7. After the dough has risen this is when you can add seeds on top if you choose. In this pic I added sesame seeds, you'll only need a few teaspoons. And to help them stick I added an egg wash of 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of water and a pinch of salt whisked together and painted on top before adding the seeds.
8. Then place the baking trays into the oven to bake for approximately 10 - 15 minutes. Just keep an eye on the dough's colour. You are looking for a golden brown.
9. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking racks.
10. Once they have cooled completely store in an airtight container.
And that's it.
Like making bread, initially I was hesitant with fresh pasta because I thought it would be complicated and take ages. But like bread the more you make it the easier it becomes. For me the trick is to put my headphones in during the kneading process. It's probably been a weekly dish for the last year now.
My yard stick for simple recipes is whether I could be bothered to make it if I had a hangover. And I definitely have persevered with this one even after a big Saturday night out. It is for sure worth the effort.
All you need is a cup of flour and two eggs. And once you have your technique down and you can make it easily you won't want to go back to packet pasta.
1 cup of plain flour
1. Flour the surface of a clean bench or chopping board.
2. Then put the cup of flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
3. Add the eggs to the centre of the well and stir in to combine. I use a fork.
4. Once most of the flour has mixed in, take the dough into a ball.
5. Knead the dough on the floured surface for about 10 minutes. The flour should change during this time. About halfway the dough will be sticky and stick to your hands. You can add a pinch or two of flour at this time if it helps. Keep kneading and when it's ready it will feel more like play dough and won't stick to your fingers.
6. Place the dough in a bowl covered with a dry tea towel and set aside for half an hour.
7. After 30 minutes take the dough and cut it into two portions.
8. Flour your kneading surface again.
9. With a roller or some thing similar, I use a wine bottle, roll out the dough. It will be about 30cm in diameter or to which ever thickness you prefer.
10. Then I roll it up like a pancake, or like if you were moving a rug, and with a knife or scissors cut about 1cm apart.
11. Unroll the fettuccine and place on a floured plate. You might need to add some extra flour so it doesn't stick together.
12. Repeat on the other half of the dough.
13. Boil you water with oil and salt.
14. Gently place into the boiling water and stir so the fettuccine doesn't stick together.
15. I then put the lid on the water for about a minute to bring the water temp up back to the boil.
16. Then about one more minute. The fettuccine will rise to the top of the water. It only takes about 2 minutes in total in the water to be ready. But you can do a taste test to be sure.
17. And that's it. Stir through with your sauce.
I've been cooking this recipe for years. And even though the quantities change every time the general ingredients stay the same. It really depends on what your taste is aswell for things like garlic... I tend to go a bit overboard so that's to your discretion.
That said this is and has remained my favourite pesto recipe, Italy included.
Note. Also since I went to the effort of making the pesto I actually made fresh pasta aswell (not featured in pic). Keep posted for that recipe.
Garlic - I use one whole clove
Basil - 1 large bunch
Pine Nuts - a good handful
Parmesan - I use the dried kind as it adds saltiness, about 3 tablespoons
Olive Oil - about 2 tablespoons
1. Lightly dry bake the pine nuts until they are golden brown. Keep an eye on them because they can burn pretty quickly.
2. Remove leaves from the basil. Rinse with water.
3. Remove skin from garlic and chop finely. Then you can either lightly fry or add to the recipe raw.
4. Combine the garlic, basil, pine nuts, parmesan and olive oil in a blender until a paste is formed. You can add more olive oil or water as required to get the required consistency.
And that's it. Pretty simple recipe this one and a good way of getting in some greens. Can add to pasta or rice dishes or use as a dip.
This super easy recipe is a keeper. Besides being easy you have the confidence knowing what ingredients are going in and what ingredients are left out like preservatives. And to top it off it tastes better, in my opinion, than store bought butters, although I realise that may be contentious. So here it is my basic One Ingredient Home Made Butter Recipe... although obviously there are many other ingredients you may like to add, but I'll get to that later.
500ml thickened cream
Whisk cream until it turns to butter.
So there are a few variables in this method. There is the electric whisk verses the hand whisk. I like a bit of a challenge so I go for the hand whisk. This method takes around 15 minutes so I turn on the tv or put in the headphones, change hands periodically and get on with it. Alternatively get out the electric whisk and reduce your prep time.
The first stage will be whipped cream. Keep going past this stage and the cream will change consistency again and if you keep going it will eventually all clump together. Then I usually just get my hands in, squeeze the butter into a ball, thereby getting out the remaining butter milk.... and that's it.
Not only do you have freshly made, preservative free butter, but you will also have about a cup of butter milk, great for buttermilk pancakes just as an idea.
Now there are a few other ingredients you may wish to add to this recipe. Number one is salt. I usually add sea salt to the recipe. Other ingredients you might like to add include roasted garlic, chilli oil or truffle oil. I once had a vegemite butter too that was amazing. You add the extra ingredients after whisking.
Then you either store in the fridge if you are a regular butter person or you could roll into a log, wrap in plastic cling film and leave in the freeze to use as you require.
Super easy and healthy recipe to take your nachos to the next level.
4 flour tortilla breads
Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
Cut your breads into shape.
Paint olive oil on both sides and then sprinkle / grind on the salt.
Place on tray lined with baking paper about 1cm apart and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown.
And that's it.
Quick 4 ingredient homemade bread for any meal of the day. Serves 4 pieces.
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 tablespoons oil, I used avocado oil which was infused with lemon so if you have any oil alternatives you could switch it up to match the meal
1/3 cup water
Mix flour and salt.
Add oil and water and combine.
Knead for about 30 seconds on a floured cutting board.
Leave to rest for 10 minutes covered with a dry tea towel.
Divide mixture into 4 pieces and roll out each piece into shape. I don't have a rolling pin at the moment so use an empty wine bottle instead. Roll out on a floured cutting board and add flour when necessary to avoid sticking.
Spray a pan with canola spray and cook each side until light brown. I wanted to put the temp on high to get the bread cooked quickly but it can easily burn so it's better on medium heat for a consistent colour.
And that's it.
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