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Homemade Pizza

 

Homemade pizza is great – it’s easy, not too expensive, you can use bits and pieces from the pantry/fridge, and it feels so darn fresh and delicious!

 

 

 

1) Preheat oven to 180°

 

 

 

 

 

2) In a bowl mix together 200g flour, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt.

 

 

 

3) Slowly add water as you mix, until it all joins together into a dough, but it’s not wet or too sticky. If it does become too wet add more flour.
You’ll have to use your hands near the end to make sure it feels right. When it does, roll/pound it into a ball

 

 

 

4) Put the ball down onto a floured surface. Roll into a flat layer, not too thick (I think anything under a cm is great).

 

 

 

It doesn’t need to be perfectly round, but it should be as even in thickness as possible.
If you don’t have a rolling pin any cylindrical thing’ll work, like a milkbottle – I used a glass 😀
  

 

  

       

5) Pop the base on an oven tray before you start to do the toppings, otherwise it’ll be harder to move! (I sprayed mine with olive oil first, but I’m not sure it was necessary. Might use a sprinkle of flour next time.

 

 

6) Spread tomato paste evenly over the whole base. I try and go right to the very edges ^^

 

 

7) Sprinkle over your toppings! I used grated cheese (edam), sliced mushroom, green capsicum, pineapple pieces and ham with bbq sauce over all.

Other topping ideas: onion, coloured capsicum, dried tomato, salami, olives, zuchini, fish, chicken, fresh herbs, different sauces

 

 

8 ) Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Take out when cooked, cut with pizza cutter and serve! Mmm, watch the melted cheese, it’s hot! ^ ~

 

Although my pizza turned out pretty awesome, I think I might try a different recipe for the base in future. I was trying to use a recipe without yeast but I’m not sure if this was the best, it was a bit soft. Could’ve been the oil I sprayed the tray with, I guess.

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Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Makes 12 muffins.

These muffins are a great way to use up old ripe bananas that you have at home, and the smell they make while cooking is one of the best things about them!

Like most baking they’re best when fresh, so why not enjoy a couple soon after they’re baked – while they’re still nice and warm and melty – or pop some in a wee basket for a nice gift for Grandma!

 

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1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).

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2. Mash 3 ripe bananas in bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  3. Mix in 1 egg, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter with wooden spoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  4. Sift in 1.5 cups flour and 1 level teaspoon of baking soda and quickly mix in. 

 

 

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  5. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and mix in.

 

 

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  6. Grease a 12 cup muffin tray (I used olive oil spray) and spoon mixture into each cup until it is 2/3 full. 

[If you spill any mixture on the tray between the cups just wipe it off now – if you leave it on it’ll be way harder to clean off after it’s been baked!]

 

 

 

 

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  7. Bake  for 15-20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Waiting for the muffins to cool before taking them out of the tray will make them less likely to stick to the tray or break apart.

 

 

 

 

 

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I made cake

Marble Cake

I made this cake today from a recipe in the Edmonds cookbook. It was… interesting.

Cream 125g of butter, 125g sugar, and 1 dessertspoon of Golden syrup.  In a separate bowl mix 1/3 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of cornflour to make a smooth paste, add 3 beaten eggs. Add these wet ingredients alternatively with 225g of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Separate mixture into halves and to one half add 1 teaspoon mixed spice. Spoon alternative spoonfuls of each mixture into a greased tin and bake for about 1 hour at 180°C. 

 

 

I was so angry – after starting to cream the golden syrup, sugar and butter I realised we had no eggs, so had to run out and grab some. Nuts.

 

 

Smelling the cake when it came out I was really worried – the spices made it smell like carrot cake without the carrot, or even like a spicey fruit cake.

 

 

I couldn’t find any greaseproof cooking paper, so I just sprayed the whole tin with cooking spray instead… which didn’t turn out so well. In the end I allowed my brother to “Bruce Lee it” o.o

 

 

Although the cake was meant to be a surprise for bf when he got home from work, because of the eggs I was really late so I actually iced it after he was home. I think it was still a surprise though ^^

 

 

Yup, it’s pretty hearty!! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

 

 

Final verdict: with the sweet icing it tastes like Belgium Biscuits! It’s really crumbly and the spicey smell kinda puts me off. At least it looks cute. And the family seems to like it ^-^

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