March 30, 2020
Let's start with something that is an essential item for most of us.
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry active yeast
1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
Combine the flour with the other ingredients in a bowl & mix with a wooden spoon.
Place cling film over the top of the dough (touching the dough- not just covering the top of the bowl).
Set aside in a warm, dark place for 8-24 hrs.
Place dough on a well-floured surface & work into a ball - add more flour if too sticky.
Allow to rest approx 30 minutes.
Place cast iron dutch oven with lid in oven & preheat oven to 230 degrees.
Carefully remove once preheated & spray bottom with cooking spray.
Place dough in pot, slash the top several times.
Cover & bake 30 minutes.
Remove lid & bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden & brown.
This recipe is great to have with some fruit, with yoghurt or milk. You can also shape the mix into granola bars to have as a healthy, nutritious snack.
5 cups of oats
1/2 cup of honey, maple syrup, golden syrup or agave nectar
3 tbsp coconut, vegetable, sunflower or avocado oil
1 tsp cinnamon
You can simply make granola like this. We like to add a handful of desiccated coconut, raisins, mixed seeds and some chopped dates.
You can add anything you have in the cupboards!
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Place all ingredients in a bowl (Make sure coconut oil is melted before).
Spread onto baking or shape into bar shapes.
Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden - keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.
Allow to cool completely and put into an airtight container (it will keep for 2 weeks).
Flatbreads are a great think to have as a snack with some dip of with your lunch or dinner. They can also be frozen which is great!
250g Self-raising flour
1/2 tbsp Baking powder
250g Natural yoghurt
Put the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then stir in the yoghurt.
Mix with a spoon until it forms a dough. If it is still really wet, add some more flour.
We also like to add some herbs and spices to add some flavour variation to the flatbreads. Of course you can keep them plain.
Put onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes.
Separate into 6 pieces and then roll them out into 8 inch circles.
Heat a large pan (no oil) and add 1 flatbread at a time and cook for 2 minutes on each side.
Pasta Sauce Recipe
As there isn't any pasta sauce left in the supermarkets we thought we would give you a very simple easy recipe to make your own (which in our opinion is actually better.)
1 tinned tomatoes
1 garlic glove
1 tsp Italian herbs
1 tsp olive oil (or any oil you have)
We like to add whatever veggies we have, peppers, courgette, shallots, etc.
Add the oil to a frying pan on a medium heat, add your chopped garlic and onions. Let them reduce.
Add the tinned tomatoes and all of the other veggies. Leave that to simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes - stirring and checking regularly.
This sauce can be frozen and use at a later date.
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