For those of us that love to bake we have the excitement of making a variety of savory and sweet snacks that not only fill the house with heavenly scents, but also encourage a crowd of friends or family to huddle up in the kitchen.
There are so many things you can create once you have mastered the basic art of dough making and a variety of techniques for perfecting your pastries and we want to explore a few of the best. Read on and get inspired by our 3 short recipes which will earn you the reputation as a baking goddess.
The Humble Loaf
Who doesn’t adore bread? A perfect partner to this hearty chicken soup. All you need is 500g strong white flour, 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast, 1 tsp salt, up to 350ml lukewarm water and a little sunflower oil. Just mix the ingredients together. Knead for a minimum of 15 minutes, let it prove somewhere warm until it is risen and then place freestyle on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 mins at gas 7 then reduce for 30 mins at gas 5. Easy peasy!
These hot balls of batter come in a variety of shapes, forms and flavours. If you want to create your own version of the most expensive donut then we have a basic recipe to get you started. 70g (2 1/2 oz) butter, 500g (1 1/4 lb) plain flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 70g (2 1/2 oz) sugar, 1 egg, 260ml (9 fl oz) milk and vegetable oil for frying. Technique is simple! Sieve flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in butter. Mix in the sugar.
Beat egg and milk together. Make a well in flour mixture, then and pour in the egg mixture. Mix together to form a soft dough. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1cm (1/2 in) thick and cut to shape of choice. That is it! Now you just need to fry your donuts in hot oil for 30 seconds each side.
The Quick Bite Breadstick
Is there anything as fabulous as a crisp breadstick dipped into a cool pot of hummus or cream cheese? We think not. Give this easy recipe a go and you will always have a delicious snack ready for nibbling! 75g butter or margarine, melted, 280g plain flour, 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon sugar (optional), 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 225ml milk. Start by making a simple dough. combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt; mix well. Stir in the milk until just moistened, do not overmix. Turn onto a floured surface; knead lightly 10 times. Roll into a rectangle, approximately 30x23cm. Cut into 1.5cm strips.
Roll each side of bread stick in butter in prepared tin; arrange in the tin (do not allow sides to touch). Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
That’s it! Get into the kitchen and stake your claim as a real life dough nut!