Calzone Recipe – How to Make Calzone from Start to Finish – Calzone Made with No Knead Pizza Dough

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Calzone Recipe - How to Make Calzone from Start to Finish - Calzone Made with No Knead Pizza Dough
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Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
 
Some time ago we briefly touched on no-knead pizza dough. Today we will deal with this in more detail when we make a wonderful tasty and aromatic calzone from start to finish.
Ingredients
For the Dough (enough for 4 bases)
  • 500g All-purpose flour / double zero / cake flour
  • 1.25ml Dried yeast
  • 10ml Salt
  • 360ml Water
For the Calzone Filling (for 1 Calzone)
  • 4 Rashers streaky bacon, fried and chopped into bits
  • 60g Pizza salami
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese
  • 100g Mature cheddar cheese
  • Fresh basil
  • Cherry tomatoes,sliced
Instructions
  1. To make the dough, place 500g of all-purpose flour in a large tub. Add a quarter teaspoon of dried yeast and 2 teaspoons of salt and stir this in.
  2. Pour in the water and use your paddle to mix this together until the dough balls up and comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl, with no more loose flour in the the mix.
  3. Put the lid on the bowl and allow this to stand at room temperature for 18 to 24 hours to develop.
  4. After this time the dough will have more than doubled in size and you will see bubbles in the surface of the dough.
  5. Use a scale to divide the dough into 4 equal portions.
  6. The dough will be quite sticky, and we need to work about 25g of additional flour into each potion.
  7. Flour the work with some of the flour, place portion of dough on the surface and scatter more flour over the top of the dough portion.
  8. Start working the flour into the dough by flattening it and folding it lightly until all or most of the flour is incorporated.
  9. Don't knead the dough as you would normally.... work gently so as not to overdevelop the gluten.
  10. Put this aside and continue with the remaining portions.
  11. To roll the pizza bases, lightly flour your work surface, place a portion of the dough on the flour and lightly flour the top of the dough as well.
  12. Us your rolling pin to roll this out into a circle of 12 inches or 30cm in diameter.
  13. Transfer this to a baking sheet.
  14. Cover one half of the dough with 100g of sliced mozzarella cheese.
  15. Top this with 60g of sliced pizza salami.
  16. Top this with 100g of lightly fried and chopped streaky bacon.
  17. Add the sliced cherry tomatoes and the fresh basil leaves.
  18. Last but not least, finish this off with 100g of grated mature cheddar cheese.
  19. Fold the blank side of the base up and over the filling and match up the edges of the base.
  20. Working one side to the other, secure the seal by folding and crimping the edges together.
  21. Use a paring knife or skewer to poke two steam holes in the top of the calzone.
  22. Zap this into a preheated oven at 250c or 480f until crispy and golden.... about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the efficiency of your oven.
  23. And there we have it... a beautifully browned and crisped calzone filled with heavenly cheeses, bacon and salami.

 

How to Make Koeksisters – South Africa’s Favorite Sweet Pastry – Yummy South African Snacks

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How to Make Koeksisters - South Africa's Favorite Sweet Pastry - Yummy South African Snacks
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Recipe type: Dessert / Snacks / Confections
Cuisine: South African
Serves: 32
 
Koeksisters are a traditional sweet pastry in South Africa. These little twisted pastries are nice and crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. Saturated with a spiced syrup mixture, these little wonders will have you coming back time and time again.
Ingredients
For the Syup
  • 500ml Water
  • 1Kg White sugar
  • 2.5ml Cream of Zest and juice of 1 Lemon
  • 8cm Cinnamon stick
  • 8-10 Slices fresh ginger
  • 5ml Glycerin
For the Pastry
  • 4 Cups all purpose flour
  • 125g Shortening (baking lard)
  • ⅛ tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 7.5ml Baking powder
  • 180ml Full cream milk (split 60ml / 60ml / 60ml)
  • Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. To make the syrup, place the sugar, water, cream of tartar, sliced fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks in medium size pot.
  2. Place the pot over medium heat and bring this to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the mixture for 6 minutes.
  3. Add the lemon rind and juice and the glycerin. Stir this in and remove the pot from the heat.
  4. Once the syrup has cooled, cover the pot and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The following day, place the flour, shortening, baking powder and salt into your food processor and pulse this briefly 2 or three times to cut the shortening into the flour.
  6. Remove the lid, crack the eggs into the bowl and add the first 60ml milk.
  7. Switch the machine on high speed and allow this to mix for 20 seconds while tilting the machine from side to side.
  8. Add the second batch of milk and repeat the mixing process.
  9. Add the third batch of milk and run the machine for a further 30 seconds, tilting it back and forth.
  10. After the mixing, you will have a soft crumbly mass of pastry that will hold together when compressed.
  11. Sprinkle a little flour on your work surface and turn the pastry out.
  12. Work the pastry into a flat disc shape and wrap it in cling wrap.
  13. Allow this to stand for 60 minutes at room temperature.
  14. After the resting time, cut the pastry into 16 equal portions.
  15. Working with one portion at a time, work the pastry into a sausage shape about 4 inches in length.
  16. Place the pastry on a piece of plastic film, fold the film over to enclose the pastry, than roll it out to about 6mm or a quarter inch in thickness.
  17. Unfold the plastic and cut the pastry in half across the width.
  18. Cut each half into three along the length, leaving the narrower end intact.
  19. Plait each pieces using a simple 3 strand plait, put these aside and continue with the remaining pastries.
  20. Half fill a wok or large pan with oil and heat this to 180c or 350f.
  21. Carefully drop the pastries into oil in batches and fry them until well puffed and golden.
  22. Use your tongs to lift these one by one from the oil and dunk each one immediately into the ice cold syrup to get a good coating.
  23. Put the coated koeksisters aside and continue with the remaining batches.
  24. And there it is... a wonderful crispy, golden batch of South Africa's favorite pastries.

 

Best Dinner Rolls Ever – Savory, Soft, Slightly Chewy & Super Tasty Buns

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Best Dinner Rolls Ever - Savory, Soft, Slightly Chewy & Super Tasty Buns
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 12
 
These delicious little buns have a totally unique texture. Super soft, slightly chewy and insanely tasty, these little rolls will do justice to any great feast.
Ingredients
  • 360g All purpose / cake flour
  • 5ml Salt
  • 45ml Sugar (first batch)
  • 5ml Sugar (second batch)
  • 60ml Oil
  • 10g Active dried yeast
  • 250ml Warm water
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 125ml Chopped baby spinach
  • 75g Feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Chop the baby spinach and crumble the feta cheese into this and mix until combined.
  2. In your mixer bowl, measure out the all purpose flour, salt and first batch of sugar.
  3. Pour the warm water into a jug and add the yeast and second measure of sugar.
  4. Whisk this together until the sugar is dissolved, cover the jug and allow this to activate for 15 minutes.
  5. After this time the yeast mixture will be very frothy. Pour in the beaten egg and the oil.
  6. Whisk this until totally combined.
  7. Place your mixer bowl on your mixer with beater attached.
  8. Pour in the liquids, close the mixer and run the machine on slow for 2 minutes.
  9. Increase the speed to medium high and continue for a further 10 minutes.
  10. Stop the machine. The dough will be shiny and smooth and stretchy like melted mozzarella.
  11. Scrape the paddle down, close the machine and let the dough stand for 5 minutes undisturbed. If your machine doesn't have a splash guard, cover the bowl with a towel.
  12. After 5 minutes, add the spinach and feta cheese.
  13. Close the machine and mix on high speed for 60 seconds.
  14. Divide the soft dough equally between the holes of a 12 portion muffin pan.
  15. Cover the pan with a large inverted roasting tin to rise for 20 minutes.
  16. Brush the buns with a light coating of full cream milk and top each bun with a good pinch of finely shredded Parmesan.
  17. Bake the buns in a preheated oven at 200c or 400f for 12 to 15 minutes until well risen, golden brown and crispy on top.
  18. Remove the buns from the oven and allow them to cool in the muffin pan for 20 minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack.
  19. And there it is.....a supremely soft, airy, springly and tasty roll... the best dinner roll ever.

 

How to Make Spicy Beef Empanadas – Crispy, Tasty Mexican Deep Fried Beef Pies

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How to Make Spicy Beef Empanadas - Crispy, Tasty Mexican Deep Fried Beef Pies
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Recipe type: Beef / Empanadas
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 30-32
 
With festive season right here it's good to have a couple of recipes that can feed hordes of family and friends. These super tasty beef empanadas will certainly warm your hearts and this recipe will make about 30 x 5 inch pocket pies. In addition they can be made in advance, frozen, and fried very successfully from frozen.
Ingredients
For the Filling
  • 1kg Beef mince
  • 2 Medium onions
  • 50g Butter
  • 15ml Cornflour
  • 300g Mature Jack Cheese
  • 15ml Ground cumin
  • 15ml Ground coriander seed
  • 15ml Paprika
  • 15ml Oregano
  • 15ml Chilli flakes (more if you want fire)
  • 15ml Garlic powder
  • 30ml Dried, powdered coriander leaf
  • 30ml Dried, powdered avocado leaf
  • 30ml Lemon or lime zest
  • 400ml Beef stock
For the Pastry (you need 4 batches of this)
  • 400g All purpose flour
  • 5ml Salt
  • 10ml Baking powder
  • 120g Shortening (baking lard)
  • 180ml Full cream milk
Instructions
  1. Measure out the ground cumin, ground coriander seed, paprika, oregano, chilli flakes, garlic powder, dried powdered coriander leaf, dried powdered avocado leaf and the lemon or lime zest.
  2. Roughly the onions and weigh out the butter.
  3. Place the ground beef in large container and pour in all of the herbs and spices.
  4. Get in there with your hands and massage this into the beef thoroughly.
  5. Heat a large pan over high heat and add the butter.
  6. When the butter starts to bubble, add the chopped onion. Fry this for about 6 minutes until tender and starting to brown slightly on the edges.
  7. Break the ground beef over the onions. Immediately start chopping the beef into the onion with the edge of your spatula.
  8. Ground beef tends to clump together when fried, and chopping through the lumps will break this all down.
  9. Fry and chop the beef for 6 to 8 minutes until cooked through and well colored.
  10. Pouring the beef stock and stir to combine. Turn the heat down to medium and allow this to simmer for for 6 minutes.
  11. Dissolve the cornflour in a little water and add this to the beef.
  12. Stir this in, bring it to a boil and allow to continue for a minute or two.
  13. Remove this from the heat and allow to cool completely.
  14. For the pastry, weigh out the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, shortening and milk. For this quantity of filling, you will need to make 4 batches of pastry, so weigh out all 4 separately before processing.
  15. Working with the first batch, place the flour, salt, baking powder and shortening in you processor.
  16. Put the lid on and pulse this briefly 2 to 3 times to cut the shortening into the flour.
  17. Remove the lid and pour in half of the milk. Put the lid on and run the machine on high speed for 5 seconds. While the machine runs, tilt the machine back and forth to aid the mixing.
  18. Remove the lid, pour in the remaining milk, replace the lid and switch the machine on high. Tilt the machine back and forth for about 10 seconds until the dough comes together in a crumbly mass.
  19. Turn the dough out onto your work surface. Wrap the dough in cling-wrap flattening it out as you go. Transfer this to your refrigerator and continue with the remaining 3 batches of pastry.
  20. By this stage the filling will have cooled. Pour in the grated cheese and mix this in thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  21. To assemble the empanadas, a tortilla press is very useful. If you don't have a press, simply roll the pastry with a rolling pin.
  22. Divide each batch of pastry into 8 portions, giving you 32 portions in all.
  23. Press the portions out, or roll, using plastic bread film to prevent sticking.
  24. Use your rolling pin to finished rolling these into rounds of just larger than 5 inches or 125mm.
  25. If you don't have an empanada press you can form the empanadas quite easily by hand.
  26. Drop 60g of the filling onto the top half of the pastry. Hold the front of the pastry while you lift the lower edge of the pastry up and over the filling. Crimp the edge to seal.
  27. Using an empanada press, cut the perfect round from the pastry using the cutter in the base of the press.
  28. Keeping the plastic film in place, drop this on top of the press.
  29. Add 60g of filling to one side of the pastry and tamp this down.
  30. Holding the plastic film and the handles close the press to seal in the filling.
  31. Continue until all of the empanadas are formed.
  32. Half fill a large pan with oil and heat this to 180c or 350f.
  33. Fry the empanadas in batches for 2 to 3 minutes per side until crisp, puffed and golden. Remove these from the oil and continue with the remaining pies.
  34. And there we have it... beautifully golden Mexican beef empanadas to feed the crowd.

 

How to Make Mossbolletjies – South Africa’s Traditional Brioche – Aniseed Flavored Tear & Share Bread

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How to Make Mossbolletjies - South Africa's Traditional Brioche - Aniseed Flavored Tear & Share Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12-18
 
Mossbolletjies are a traditional South African bread. With sweetness and feathery texture of brioche, the flavor and aroma is enhanced with aniseed, and makes for the perfect tear and share bread.
Ingredients
  • 1kg Cake flour
  • 10ml Salt
  • 100g Sugar
  • 10g Instant yeast
  • 30g Whole aniseed (or fennel seed)
  • 100g Butter
  • 250ml White grape juice
  • 125ml Warm milk
  • 250ml Warm water
  • 30ml Sugar mixed with 30ml lukewarm water to brush after baking (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour the cake flour into your stand mixer bowl, along with the salt, sugar, instant yeast and whole aniseed. If you can't find aniseed, substitute this with whole fennel seed.
  2. Mix this together and put it aside.
  3. Pour the grape juice into a small saucepan and add the butter. Heat this gently over medium low heat just until the butter has dissolved. Remove this from the heat.
  4. Finally measure out the warm milk and warm water.
  5. Place your mixer bowl on your mixer. Pour in the butter mixture, the water, and the milk.
  6. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and knead the dough for 2 minutes on the slowest speed, followed by 6 minutes on medium slow.
  7. Remove the bowl from the machine, cover it with cling-wrap and put this in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes or doubled in size.
  8. While the dough rises, line a large baking pan with parchment.
  9. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. The dough will be slightly sticky so you will need to flour the top of the dough as well.
  10. Knead the dough for about 3 minutes to knock it down. Once the dough is smooth, grab handfuls of the dough and squeeze them off from the main mass and arrange these tightly in the baking pan.
  11. You can make the balls as big or small as you like. I wand to present these as tear and share dinner rolls, so I have made mine a little bigger than normal.
  12. Cover the pan with cling-wrap and allow to rise again for 40 to 45 minutes in a warm place.
  13. Bake the rolls in a preheated oven at 180c or 350f for 25 to 30 minutes until deep golden in color.
  14. Remove from the oven and turn the buns out onto a rack to cool. Allow them to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  15. These little wonders are so easy to make, and I guarantee they will steal the show.

 

Baking Bread using Citric Acid and Soy Lecithin – using Dough Enhancers in Bread Baking

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Baking Bread using Citric Acid and Soy Lecithin - using Dough Enhancers in Bread Baking
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Recipe type: Bread
 
A few days back I featured some amazing giant burger buns using citric acid and soy lecithin as dough improvers. I was asked quite a few questions regarding this, so hopefully this video will cover all the answers.
Ingredients
Ingredients per Large Loaf
  • 625g Strong white bread flour
  • 45ml Milk powder
  • 20ml Caster sugar
  • 7.5ml Salt
  • 15ml Fast acting dried yeast
  • 45ml Oil
  • 400ml Water
If You Are Using Soy Lecithin and Citric Acid
  • 12g Soy lecithin
  • 1.5ml Citric acid
Instructions
  1. I am going to bake 2 very simple white loaves using identical ingredients and baking times. The one loaf will have the citric acid and lecithin added, and this will demonstrate the difference.
  2. I have added the flour, yeast, caster sugar, milk powder and salt to both mixing bowls. A brief stir combines these.
  3. For the one loaf, I have split the water in half, and measured the oil.
  4. For the standard loaf, the water is in a single jug, accompanied by the oil.
  5. For the first loaf, add the citric acid to one half of the water, and the lecithin to the other. Use your stick blender to sheer these in the water.
  6. Place a mixing bowl on your stand mixer with dough hook attached and add all of the ingredients for standard loaf.
  7. Close the mixer and allow this knead for 8 minutes. Remove the dough fro the bowl and put this aside covered with a damp towel.
  8. Return the bowl to the machine and add all of the ingredients for the second loaf, including the citric acid solution and the soy lecithin.
  9. Close the mixer and allow this to mix for 8 minutes.
  10. Remove this from the mixer.
  11. This is the only difference in process, where the plain dough has now had 8 minutes of extra rising time.
  12. Lightly flour your work surface and shape the 2 loaves, then place them in bread pans.
  13. To identify the enhanced loaf, I am going make a few slashes along the top of the loaf.
  14. Place the loaves in your oven at 40c or 104f for 45 minutes to prove.
  15. Remove from the oven and brush the tops of the loaves with beaten egg. You will notice how much further the enhanced dough has risen.
  16. Return these to the oven and adjust the temperature to 200c or 400f until well browned on top and they sound hollow when tapped.
  17. In the enhanced dough, the citric acid tenderizes the gluten while the soy lecithin gives this softer gluten more body and structure. This results in a much lighter, softer and airier texture of crumb.
  18. This can plainly seen when the enhanced loaf on the left, is compared to the loaf on the right.
  19. I hope this clears up any questions you may have had. I have included this recipe on the website for anyone wanting a simple white loaf.

 

Supreme Burger Buns – Best Burger Buns Recipe Ever! How to Make Burger Buns at Home!!

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Supreme Burger Buns - Best Burger Buns Recipe Ever! How to Make Burger Buns at Home!!
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Recipe type: Bread / Dough
Serves: 12
 
Some time back I published a recipe for the best burger buns ever. You can check it out by clicking the onscreen link. Today we're going scientific and making the best best burger buns.
Ingredients
  • 950g Strong white bread flour
  • 60g Butter, grated
  • 15ml Sugar
  • 10ml Salt
  • 10g Instant yeast
  • 30ml Milk powder
  • 600ml Warm water
  • 20g Soy lecithin
  • 2.5ml Citric acid
  • 1 Egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. Place the flour and grated butter in your stand mixer bowl.
  2. Measure out the sugar, salt, instant yeast and milk powder.
  3. Measure out the warm water in two equal portions.
  4. Add the citric acid to one portion.
  5. Add the soy lecithin to the other portion.
  6. Use your stick blender to sheer the additives into the liquid.
  7. Place the mixer bowl on your mixer with the beater attached.
  8. Start the mixer and let it run for 2 minutes until the grated butter has been rubbed into the flour.
  9. Open the mixer and swap out out the mixer paddle for the dough hook.
  10. Pour in all of the other ingredients. (except the egg)
  11. Start the mixer and knead the dough for 8 minutes on medium low speed.
  12. Remove the bowl from the machine and cover with cling-wrap. Place the bowl in a warm place and allow the dough to rise for 60 minutes.
  13. During this time it will more than double in size.
  14. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, flour the top of the dough and briefly knead it until it is knocked down.
  15. Weigh the dough and divide it into 12 equal portions.
  16. Working with one portion at a time, stretch the edges of the dough downward and fold it underneath the ball.
  17. Place the ball of dough on the work surface and use your fingers to complete the form by digging underneath the bundle and rotating the dough simultaneously.
  18. Transfer all of the formed buns to a baking sheet, leaving at least an inch and a half of space between the buns.
  19. Half fill a baking pan with boiling kettle water and place this on the bottom shelf of your oven.
  20. Place the buns in the center of your oven and set the temperature to 40c.
  21. Let the buns prove at this temperature for 60 minutes until more than doubled in size.
  22. After this time remove the buns from the oven and brush them with the egg. Brush carefully so as not to deflate the buns.
  23. Return the buns to the oven and reset the temperature to 200c or 390f until the buns are lightly golden on top.
  24. If the buns sound hollow when tapped they are ready to remove from the oven.
  25. Transfer the buns to a rack to cool.
  26. And there we have it, incredibly soft, springy and tasty burger buns ready for eating.

 

How to Make Portuguese Rolls. Crispy, Chewy Portuguese Bread Rolls Recipe!

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How to Make Portuguese Rolls. Crispy, Chewy Portuguese Bread Rolls Recipe!
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Portuguese
 
Portuguese rolls have their very own trademark crispy crust with a beautifully soft and springy crumb. They are really easy to make, however, due to the long and vigorous kneading required, I do suggest using a stand mixer.
Ingredients
  • 500g All-purpose flour
  • 7ml Salt
  • 10g Instant yeast
  • 315ml Warm water
Instructions
  1. Place the all-purpose flour, salt and instant yeast into your stand mixer bowl.
  2. Mix these together briefly, then transfer the bowl to your mixer.
  3. Attach the dough hook and pour in the water.
  4. Close the mixer and mix the dough on the slowest setting for 2 minutes.
  5. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue to knead for a further 8 minutes.
  6. At the end of the kneading, you will have a lovely soft, smooth dough that is only slightly sticky.
  7. Remove the bowl from the machine and cover with cling-wrap. Allow the dough to relax for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl, weigh it and divide it into 12 pieces for small rolls, 8 pieces for medium, or 6 pieces for large.
  9. Working with one piece at a time, stretch the edges of the dough to the bottom to form a rough ball.
  10. Place the dough on the work surface. Cup your hand over the dough and using a circular motion, form the dough into a smooth ball.
  11. Cover the dough balls with a damp tea towel and allow them to relax for 10 minutes.
  12. After this time, take one of the balls and slap it flat.
  13. Pull your hand backwards to roll the disc up into a sausage.
  14. Holding your hands at angles to the outer edge of the dough, continue rolling the sausage to form the pointed ends and fat center section.
  15. Scatter a generous layer of flour over a baking sheet and transfer the rolls to the sheet with the seam of the rolls facing upward.
  16. Allow the rolls to prove at 40c for 50 minutes and a humidity of 85%. I do this in a slightly warmed oven, sprayed with a misting of water.
  17. After 40 minutes of proving, remove the rolls from the oven, and set the oven to 200c to preheat.
  18. Carefully flip the rolls over and cover them with a tea towel until the proving time is over.
  19. When the oven has reached 200c, spray a misting of water into the oven and bake the rolls for 20 minutes until crisp and lightly golden.
  20. Remove the rolls from the oven and transfer them to a rack to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  21. And here it is.... a crispy crust with an amazing soft, springy crumb.

 

Amazing Pizza Dough Recipe – the Pizza Dough That Behaves at Home!!!

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Amazing Pizza Dough Recipe - the Pizza Dough That Behaves at Home!!!
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Recipe type: Pizza Dough
Cuisine: Italian
 
In today's episode we're going to look at an amazing pizza dough. The industry rule regarding pizza is you need supper high temperatures to bake and achieve the beautifully charred base and well browned rim. The problem is that almost no domestic home has an oven that can reach 350c or 662f. This dough will bake superbly at regular domestic oven maximum temperature of 250c or 482f. You will get a beautifully crisp, charred base and lovely coloring on the edges.
Ingredients
  • 500g Double zero or All Purpose flour
  • 20g Brewers yeast
  • 60ml Oil
  • 5ml Salt
  • 250ml Warm water
  • 1.25ml Sugar
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the sugar in the warm water.
  2. Pour the granulated brewer's yeast and stir this briefly to dissolve. Allow this to stand and activate for 10 minutes.
  3. Brewer's yeast is available in most food stores in the baking department alongside the baking yeast.
  4. After 10 minutes you will see a mass of froth on top the yeast.
  5. Pour in the oil and stir to combine.
  6. In your stand mixer bowl, add the flour and the salt. Try to use double zero or all purpose flour. You will get a better texture from these.
  7. Place the bowl on your mixer and pour the wet ingredients into the flour.
  8. Fit the dough hook and knead the mixture on medium low speed for 5 to 6 minutes.
  9. After this time you will have a beautifully soft dough that is not sticky at all.
  10. Remove the bowl from the machine, cover with cling-wrap and let the dough rise for 60 to 90 minutes until more than doubled in size.
  11. After this rising time, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it briefly to knock it down.
  12. Weigh the dough and divide it into 4 equal pieces. Each piece will make a 30cm or 12 inch base.
  13. Working with 1 piece at a time work the dough into a disc shape, then roll it out to a 30cm or 12 inch pizza base.
  14. Dust the dough lightly with flour if it becomes slightly stick while rolling.
  15. To make up the pizzas, top with your desired toppings and bake in a preheated oven at 250c or 482f for 15 to 20 minutes.
  16. And there it is... the pizza dough that behaves at home.
  17. In the near future, I will be make a selection of classic pizzas using these bases.

 

Biker Bar Pancakes – Diner Style Pancakes – Awesome Beer Flapjacks for Hungry People!!!

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Biker Bar Pancakes - Diner Style Pancakes - Awesome Beer Flapjacks for Hungry People!!!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
Today's episode is and easy, fun and delicious treat that will result in the best flapjacks you have ever tasted. These things are huge... they are light and fluffy.... and they have an amazing flavor that is second to none.
Ingredients
  • 365g All-purpose flour
  • 45ml Sugar
  • 6.25ml Baking powder
  • 6.25ml Bicarbonate of soda
  • 6.25ml Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 430ml Cultured buttermilk
  • 125ml Beer or stout
  • 5ml Vanilla extract
  • 45ml Butter melted
  • Extra melted butter for frying and serving
  • Maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine the vanilla extract, melted butter, beaten eggs, cultured buttermilk and beer in a jug. Stir this well until completely combined.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the all purpose flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar. Stir this together until well combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl. Use a ball whisk to mix this all together until you have a lumpy batter.
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Brush the pan with melted butter and drop a half cup of the batter into the pan.
  5. Allow this to fry for 2.5 to 3 minutes until bubbles open on the top of the pancake.
  6. Use a spatula to lift the edge of the pancake. These are bigger normal, so you really have to get the spatula well underneath the pancake before attempting to flip it.
  7. Flip it over and continue to fry for a further 2.5 minutes.
  8. Remove the pancake from the pan and continue with the remaining pancakes. Keep the cooked pancakes warm in a low oven.
  9. Serve the pancakes brushed with melted butter and drizzled with maple syrup.

 

How to Make Panko Bread Crumbs at Home – Quick & Easy Panko Bread Crumbs

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How to Make Panko Bread Crumbs at Home - Quick & Easy Panko Bread Crumbs
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Recipe type: Bread
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Panko crumbs are a whole different experience in coated deep-fried foods. Today we're publishing 2 episodes, this episode where we're making our own panko crumbs, followed by another episode where we crumb chicken wings and deep-fry them to super-crispy golden perfection.
Ingredients
  • 12 Slices white bread
Instructions
  1. Take a dozen slices of fresh white bread and trim away the crusts.
  2. You can save the crusts to make regular bread crumbs or croutons.
  3. Cut the trimmed slices into cubes.
  4. Place the cubes of bread into your food processor and zap them until quite fine.
  5. Transfer the crumbs to a large baking tray and bake the in a preheated oven at 100c or 212f for 60 minutes until dry and crispy.
  6. Allow the crumbs to cool and store them in an airtight container until required.
  7. Stay tuned for our next episode to see them in action.

 

Escargot Melba – Escargot with Garlic, Chilli & Sour Cream on Melba Toast

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Escargot Melba - Escargot with Garlic, Chilli & Sour Cream on Melba Toast
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Recipe type: Starter / Appetizer
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 4
 
One of my favorite ingredients are snails, however every restaurant seems to the same boring renditions over and over. This recipe gives a new flavor, texture and presentation to what has become an otherwise boring and mundane dish.
Ingredients
  • 24 Escargot
  • 30g Butter
  • 5ml Granulated garlic
  • 2.5ml Chilli flakes
  • 60ml Sour cream
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 4 Slices square loaf white bread
Instructions
  1. To start, we need to make the curly melba triangles. For this you need regular square loaf white bread.
  2. Working with 2 slices at a time, toast the slices in your toaster until they are well browned, then slice of the edges. Keep the edges on one side.
  3. Use your bread knife to cut the 2 crispy sides apart. The center is very soft and the knife will literally slide through.
  4. Turn each piece over and rub the inside surface on the work surface. The moisture in the untoasted side will cause the excess bread to ball up and rub away onto the counter, leaving you with a beautifully thin wafer of toast.
  5. Cut the wafers from corner to corner to make the triangles.
  6. Repeat this until all of the slices are processed.
  7. Place the melba triangles with the untoasted side facing upward onto a large baking sheet.
  8. Toast the melba in a preheated oven at 200c or 400f for about 90 seconds until the triangles have browned slightly and curled up.
  9. Clear the baking sheet and place any remaining triangles on the sheet along with the toast edges.
  10. Pop the sheet back in the oven for 90 seconds.
  11. Remove this from the oven and put the melba and bread batons aside.
  12. Now onto the snails.... remove the snails from the can and drain them in colander. Rinse the snails thoroughly under running water for 5 full minutes. This removes the terrible rancid brine from the snails.
  13. Measure out the dried chilli flakes, garlic granules, cultured sour cream and butter.
  14. Heat a pan over medium heat and add the butter.
  15. Once the butter is bubbling pour in the snails. Fry the snails gently for 2 minutes.
  16. Add the garlic granules and chilli flakes and continue to fry for a further 60 seconds.
  17. Turn off the gas or remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream.
  18. To serve the escargot, place 3 triangles of melba on each serving plate.
  19. Top each of these with 2 snails.
  20. Dress each triangle with 2 toast batons and serve immediately.

 

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