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. ūüėÄ

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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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. ūüôā

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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‚ĄÉ.
  • 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‚ĄÉ.

<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

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Mini baguette sandwich for mini people.

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I made these mini baguettes for my mesdemoselles’ school lunch. They love baguettes, especially my older one. I added a little bit of butter in the dough to make it a bit softer for them, but I didn’t find much difference to be honest. Maybe I didn’t add enough? I think my normal baguette recipe is better after all.

This time I made “Tandoori chicken with roast peppers sandwich”. This filling is great with hard (not soft) bread.

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I like using a couple of different coloured capsicums, it’s so cheerful and delicious ¬†for the eyes.

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Tandoori chicken and roasted peppers sandwich

some baguettes (recipe is here!) for sandwiches

some green salad

for the tandoori chicken

4 chicken thigh fillets

2 tbsp of unsweetened natural yoghurt

1 or 2 tsp of curry powder

1 or 2 tsp of tomato paste (tomato sause)

1/2 tsp of salt

some cumin powder

some coriander powder

some cardamon powder

some chili powder or flakes (I didn’t use this as we have little people)

1 tsp of lemon juice

1 tsp of grated garlic

1 tsp of grated ginger

Method:¬†Stab the chicken thigh fillets a few times with a fork. Put all the marinade ingredients together and marinate the chicken for a few hours. Grill the chicken until it’s cooked through.

for the roast peppers

1 capsicum or 1/2 of two different coloured capsicums (sliced)

1 tbsp of olive oil and some salt and pepper to taste

Method : Heat olive oil in a pan, add capsicum and saute them for a couple of minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Natural Yeast Starter – photos

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Finally I took photos! There we go, this is how I make starter using my previous liquid yeast.

Day 1 :  Sterilise a glass jar (I use a coffee plunger glass) by slowly pouring some boiling water from the edge.  Mix 120g of whole meal four and 100g of liquid yeast in a bowl and put it in the jar.

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Cover with cling wrap and leave it in a warm place until it doubles up. (approximately 5-6h depending on the ambient temperature)

5-6 hours later ‚Üď

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Once it doubles in volume, put it in the fridge till the next day.

Day 2 : Take the starter into a clean bowl, add 150g of high grade/strong flour and 80g of lukewarm water and mix it by hand until just combined.¬†(no need to knead. It’s ok if it’s still a little bit powdery and lumpy.)¬† Put the starter mixture back in the jar and leave it covered in a warm place until it doubles up.

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5-6 hours later ‚Üď

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When it doubles in volume, put it in the fridge till the next day.

Day 3 :¬†Put the starter into a clean bowl, add 50g of high grade/strong flour and 25g of lukewarm water (flour 2: water 1) and mix it by hand until just combined. (no need to knead. It’s ok if it’s still a little bit powdery and lumpy.)¬†Put the starter mixture back in the jar and leave it covered in a warm place until it doubles up.

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5 hours later ‚Üď

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When it doubles up in volume, put it in the fridge till the next day.

Voila!! The starter develops more in the fridge and is ready to use!

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You can keep feeding this starter and keep it going for a couple of months. Repeat the day 3 process every 2-3 days or when using the starter to make bread.

My little helper – I always use a whiteboard marker to mark the glass jar. It’s much easier to see how much the starter has developed. Very useful item for my bread making. ūüėÄ

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Wild Raisins Yeast – photos

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I made a new batch of wild yeast using raisins and this time I didn’t forget to take some photos! I wrote how to make wild yeast starter in a previous post “Organic Prune Yeast”¬† but I didn’t have pictures. I think the photos are really helpful for those of you who have never made wild yeast – I was really unsure when I made wild yeast for the first time.

Raisins are the easiest dry fruits to make wild yeast from. But make sure you have “non oil-coated” raisins. You can check at the back of your raisins package. If it says “sunflower oil” (or any kind of oil) on the ingredients list, that’s oil coated. If you can not find non-oil coated raisins, you can use other fruits. You can also use fresh fruit (ex. apple, pear etc) – it’s a bit more difficult but you can try. Just add a tea spoon of honey or sugar when you use fresh fruit.

Day 1  :  Add 240g of lukewarm water and 80g of raisins (without oil coating nor preservatives) [water 3: fruits 1]* in a sterilized glass jar. Leave it in a warm place for 3 to 10 days (it depends on ambient temperature), shaking it a little and opening the lid every day at the same time. I do it in the morning. (I check the smell as well.)

* I used to put (raisins 3: water 1) by mistake and now I correct it. I apologise to those of  you who tried to make this raisins yeast with old post!!

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Day 2 : ¬†Raisins start float a little. Smell hasn’t changed much.

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Day 3 : Half of the raisins are floating. It smells sweet. (If it smells unpleasant, that’s bad. The smell should never be unpleasant.)

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Day 4 : When you shake the jar and open it, it will pop or fizz as you let out some of the gas, like when you open a beer. Lots of small bubbles. Smell like sweet wine. Yeast has developed! I keep it out for one more day.

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Day 5 : Without shaking the jar, you can see all the rasins are floating on the water. It’s ready to use. You can keep this in the fridge for up to one or two months.

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Next time I will post lots of photos showing how to make the starter (leaven) from this liquid yeast.

I hope you find this helpful!

Apple raisin cinnamon rolls

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The other day I had a raisin cinnamon roll at a cafe near our place. It was so fluffy and rich and tasty and sweet. That made me crave cinnamon rolls for a little while. I wanted to make them by myself and tried to copy their yummy rolls. I used my brioche dough for these rolls. Lots of butter and milk and eggs. Yeah, it’s rich. But don’t worry, I am not going to eat them all by myself and not going to make this that often. So it’s ok….

I also added diced apples with raisins just because I had a lot of apples left in the kitchen.

Oh, they turned out to be super yummy rolls! Rich but not too heavy and sweet but just sweet enough for my taste!

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Apple raisin cinnamon rolls  (makes 9 rolls)

250g of High grade/ Strong flour

125g of Wild yeast starter (leaven) Рrecipe here

4g of Salt

25g of Brown sugar

162g of Milk plus 1 Egg

75g of Unsalted butter

Fillings

1 Apple (chopped in small dice)

Some dry raisins (soaked in hot water for 10 min, drained)

some softened butter to spread

some Cinnamon powder and sugar to sprinkle

some sliced almonds

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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. ūüôā

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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‚ĄÉ) 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‚ĄÉ. Cut the dough into triangles, bake them at 170‚ĄÉ for 15 min.

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