Has the recent hype around cooking and baking got you in the mood for some serious kitchen action? Thanks to television shows such as The Great British Bake Off and Come Dine With Me, the popularity of home baking has soared over the past few years.
If you are one of the many taking up this new hobby, you’ll soon learn that there is a lot more to it than just cakes and pastries. These three recipes are a great way to introduce you to baking for all occasions.
Breakfast: blueberry pancakes
While you might be more used to scoffing pancakes once a year on Shrove Tuesday, over in the US they make a daily appearance around the breakfast table.
Mix 200g flour, 1 tsp baking powder and pinch of salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat 1 egg and 300ml milk together. Make a well in the flour and whisk in the wet ingredients. Melt the butter and beat into the mix. Add the blueberries last. Heat a frying pan with a teaspoon of butter and drop a spoonful of batter into the pan. Cook each pancake for about three minutes each side.
If you’re fed up of eating sandwiches every day but are struggling for inspiration, turn to baking to unlock a wealth of creative lunch ideas. Get started with this simple pizza dough recipe and add your toppings.
Sieve 800g white bread flour and 1tsp salt into a bowl and make a well. Combine 650ml warm water, 1 tbsp caster sugar, 14g dried yeast and 4 tbsp olive oil in a jug. Leave it for 10 minutes until frothy then pour into the well. Gradually bring the flour into the liquid. When it starts to come together turn it out onto a floured surface and knead. Leave for an hour to prove, then ‘knock it back’ before rolling out.
Dinner: steak pie
Are you in need of some easy dinner recipes during the week? The beauty of baking a pie is that once you’ve done the preparations, it can be left in the oven while you relax after a long day at work.
Dust 900g stewing steak with flour and fry in a hot pan until brown. Add 2 sliced onions, chopped parsley and thyme, and 500ml beef stock. Season well and bring to the boil then allow it to simmer for 90 minutes. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Transfer the mixture to a dish, roll out the shortcrust pastry and cover. Brush the top with a beaten egg and make a couple of steam holes. Bake in the oven for another 90 minutes.