Holiday pizza lunch with friends

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Pizza!!

The school holidays just started here in New Zealand so we had a friend over for lunch! At my medemoiselles request I made pizza.

Since I started making pizza dough myself, I haven’t bought any pre-made pizza base. Pizza dough is very simple and you can get super satisfying results! I’ve been making pizzas a few times recently, especially after we bought a pizza stone. If you love making pizza and haven’t got a pizza stone, I strongly recommend it. The result with a pizza stone was great. You get a super crispy bottom and puffed up edges! I think a tip for baking good pizza at home is temperature. I preheat the oven as high as I can. With a super hot pizza stone my pizza bakes super quickly.

The first pizza was a margarita. “Simple is the best”. Simple but good quality ingredients make all the difference. Good pizza sauce, sweet cherry tomatoes, and most importantly fresh mozzarella!!

I put left over salami and olives on a half side too.

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The second pizza was Prosciutto and Salad (I didn’t have any rocket!). After baking a basic pizza, add some prosciutto and salad. I love rocket with this pizza.

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Normally, (not this time) my mesdemoiselles love making their own pizza. They make faces with the ingredients and have lots of fun.

Home made pizza is great as you can throw anything on it. I normally throw left over veggies from the fridge if it’s not for guests. 😀

Pizza dough ( makes 3 big pizzas)

400g of high grade/strong flour

70g of hole meal flour

30g of rye flour

150g of wild yeast stater [30%] – recipe here *

* You can replace to 2/3 tsp of instant dry yeast.

10g of salt [2%]

375g of lukewarm water [75%]

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Wild yeast raisin mountain loaf with molasses

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I haven’t had time to update my blog in a while as all my time was taken up with all the things happening back in Japan, with the elections, the Olympics and other bad news…

Now I need something to cheer me up so I am back to my blog and baking!

First, I wanted to share this recipe – it’s my favourite raisin bread.

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I used molasses instead of sugar for this bread as it gives you a really nice dark colour, extra richness and depth of flavour.

A generous knob of cultured butter melting on top of a thick slice of this raisin bread is just heavenly. It smells gorgeous when toasted!

Raisin loaf with molasses

450g of high grade/strong flour

8g of salt

a little bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove powder

9g (1 tbsp) of powdered milk

180g of wild yeast starter  [40%]

37g of molasses [8.2%]

150g of milk *

100g of almond milk *

55g of water *

*liquid is 305g in total  [68%] you can replace almond milk with any kind of milk

45 g of unsalted butter [10%]

180g of raisins (soak in warm water for 10 min and drained)

Method

  • Put all the ingredients in a large bowl except for the butter and the raisins. Knead for 15 min.
  • Add the butter. Knead again until the dough becomes shiny. (app. 5-10 min)
  • Add the raisins. Combine them well into the dough.
  • Cover the dough with cling film or a wet tea towel and let it rise in a warm place for about 4 hours. (until it doubles in size)
  • Divide the dough into three. Shape it into balls.  Rest the balls for 15 min covered with cling film or a wet tea towel.
  • Shape each ball and put it in a loaf tin. (I’m sorry I can’t explain well without the photos! Search “how to shape mountain loaf” and you can find a lot of web sites explaining.)
  • Let it rise in a warm place for 1.5- 2h until the dough fills 80% of the tin.
  • Preheat the oven to 200℃, 20 min before finishing the final rise.
  • Spray water on the dough generously and bake it in the oven at 190℃ for 30-35min. (In the last 15 min, you might need to put foil on top if the top starts to get too dark)

Bagels bagels bagels!!

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Bagels! Yes I love them. I really do. But I haven’t made them in a while. Maybe it’s because of the many steps involved. But once you start it’s actually not that bad and I do enjoy it. And with bagels you can really enjoy experimenting, playing around with the dough and fillings and toppings.

This time I made simple ones for sandwiches. Whole meal bagels with LSA powder (Linseeds, Sunflower seeds, Almonds). I was going to put some linseeds on top but I completely forgot. I do this sometimes, completely forgetting to sprinkle the toppings.  After boiling the bagels, you need to be quick to put them in the oven. So after boiling them, all I am thinking about is putting them in the oven… quite literally! You could also say I am simply forgetful. 🙂

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This time I made sandwiches with some prosciutto, avocado and carrot salad. The carrot salad gives you crunchiness and freshness and cheering colour to your sandwiches.

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Also, I made chocolate bagels with cranberries! These are mini size so I could have two  for snacks. Maybe I should have rolled the chocolate chips inside, instead of mixing it with the dough. I was worried when I was boiling them that the chocolate might stick out and melt, but it was ok. The cranberries worked better than I expected. I love a bit of sourness in sweets. For these, I used the apple yeast which I blogged about in the previous post! It did a great job. I am not sure I could taste the apple though.

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<Bagels with LSA>

210g of High grade/ Strong flour

30g of Whole meal flour

10g of LSA (linseeds, Sunflower seeds, Almond powder)

3g of Salt

8g of Honey

80g of  wild yeast starter   [30%]

50g of lukewarm water and 80g of soy milk  [52%]

Method :

  • Mix all the ingredients and knead well until it’s smooth.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place until it nearly doubles. (You can skip this process if you wish to get firm bagels, I sometime skip this when I eat bagels straight from the oven)
  • Divide the dough in four (mini-size six) and rest them for 20 min under cover.
  • Shape the dough into bagel shapes. Let them rise in a warm place for 1.5 hours. Make sure they are covered to prevent them from drying up.
  • Preheat the oven at 190℃.
  • Boil 2L of water in a wide pan or frying pan with a teaspoon of sugar or honey. (once boiling, turn the fire down to medium heat, and bring the water down to a simmer)
  • Boil the bagels upside down for 30 seconds then turn them over, for another 30 seconds.
  • Quickly place them on the baking sheets and put them in the oven. (When you have topping, sprinkle on top)  Bake it for 18 min at 190℃.

<Chocolate and Cranberries bagels>

240g of High grade/ Strong flour

10g of unsweetened cocoa powder

15g of brown suger

50g of lukewarm water and 80g of soy milk  [52%]

80g of  wild yeast starter   [30%]

Method : the same as the bagels with LSA

This post is submitted to YeastSpotting.

Apple power

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Introducing my new wild yeast. It’s apple yeast! This one smells soooo nice. It’s just like apple cider.

The method is simple and easy, the same as the raisins (or prunes) yeast.  One  chopped up apple, skin on and core and seeds everything, and some water and a teaspoon of honey. (Do not use Manuka honey – the anti-bacterial properties of it prevent fermentation. You can also use sugar if you prefer.) AND if you have already made liquid yeast like me (previous raisins one), add a tea spoon of that. It will develop faster! So I make new liquid just before I finishing off the previous one.

I am making starter with this apple yeast at the moment and it’s looking good! Can’t wait to bake some goodies with this yeast.  😀

Triangle goodies – Natural yeast scones

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Scones with natural yeast. Yes natural yeast is not only for bread! You can use it as baking powder. I made these scones with chocolate chips this time for our three o’clock snack. I like them with nuts too. I usually use chocolate chips with pistachio or almonds. Again, these scones have more flavour than scones just with baking powder I think. Like the pancakes with yeast from my previous post, I make this dough the night before. This is super easy if you have a food processor. You can prepare the dough in less than 10 min. Another good thing is that you can make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days. While the dough is in the fridge it will slowly rise and the texture will be slightly different depending on the time in the fridge. The more you let it rise, the lighter the texture. It’s quite enjoyable to find the texture you like. I want to try to keep this longer in my fridge but I am not patient enough to wait that long. Maybe I should make double the quantity next time. 🙂

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My mademoiselle number 2 is waiting for me to say “go”.  They love these scones as much as I do!

Triangle Yeast Scones with Choco chips  (makes 10 triangle)

125g of High grade/Strong flour

25g of Whole meal flour

3g of Salt

40g of Sugar

100g of Unsalted butter

100g Natural yeast starter (leaven) – recipe is here

One egg york

65g of Milk

80g of Chocolate chips

Method

  • Dice unsalted butter into 1 cm cubes
  • Using a food processor mix flour, salt, sugar and butter until all become powdery
  • Tear the yeast starter into small pieces then add them in the food processor, whiz a few times
  • Add chocolate chips and whiz again for a few seconds.
  • Add egg yolk and milk and whiz again until the dough becomes crumbly.
  • Put the dough in a plastic bag or cling wrap and shape it into one big square.
  • Let it rise in a warm place (25℃) for 4 hours or put it in the fridge over night. (you can keep it up to 5 days in the fridge)
  • Preheat the oven at 170℃. Cut the dough into triangles, bake them at 170℃ for 15 min.

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