Monday, 25 July 2011

Recpies for the school hoildays

Raidens a huge fan of making and baking! Im going to share some of the recipes im going to be doing over the summer! Photos to follow!

1. Baking bread

Bread is really easy and satisfying to make.  Here's a recipe for making bread dough - you can make a simple loaf of bread or try some rolls or whatever shape they want to make.

  • 425g/15oz strong white bread flour (or use any combination of strong white/wholemeal/granary bread flour)

  • 2 tbsp melted butter, olive oil or vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ tsp sugar or honey

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 ¼ tsp fast action dried yeast

  • 260ml/9 fl oz warm water or milk

  • Put the flour into a large bowl, add the butter/oil and mix well, stir in the sugar, salt and yeast.
    Make a well in the dry ingredients and add enough of the water/milk to make a soft (not sticky) dough. If the dough is too sticky, just add a little more flour, or add a drop of water if the dough is too dry.
    Knead for 5 minutes and then cover and put aside to rise for around 45 mins. Knead again and put into a greased 2lb loaf tin. Cover and leave for a further 30 minutes.
    Bake at 200C/Gas 6 for about 30 minutes. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.

    2. Heathly pizza

    you can use pitta bread, bagutttes, pizza bases or even naan breads

    Or try making a traditional bread base (makes 2 pizzas):
    • 3 cups of strong plain flour
    • 1 cup of water
    • 1 tsp fast action dried yeast
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and kneed until you have a smooth dough (add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky) cover the bowl with cling film and allow to prove for around 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, or 4 pieces if you want smaller pizzas, and pat out into rounds. Place on greased baking sheets. Spread tomato puree or tomato ketchup over the pizza bases, add grated cheese then all your yummy toppings!

    3. Banana Fairy cakes.
    • 2 eggs
    • 100g/4oz self raising flour
    • 100g/4oz butter/margarine
    • 100g/4oz soft brown sugar
    • 1 old banana that has been left in the bowl too long
    Put oven on to 200 C/Gas 6.
    Line a bun tin with cup-cake-cases.
    Put all the ingredients into the food processor or hand whisk (best to start with butter & sugar first, then add the rest gradually) until all ingredients are in and smooth and feel light & airy.
    Put a generous portion of mixture into each cup-cake-cases.
    Pop into oven for between 12-20 mins depending on your oven!

    I usually add a few chocolate drops to each cup-cake before putting in the oven, but you can leave plain.

    4. Chocolate rice krispy cakes
    Another classic that is perfect for making with your children.
    • 225g chocolate
    • 125g rice crispies (or other cereal)
    • Spinkles/ mini eggs etc to decorate 
    Simply melt the chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat (or in a bowl in the microwave). Stir in the rice crispies and coconut (or fruit/nuts).
    Spoon the mixture into cake cases, add spinkles or any other bits to decorate and leave to cool.

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