Crusty Homemade Bread

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-3/4 cups water (70° to 75°)
  • 3-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal or additional flour

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. In a large bowl, mix 3-1/2 cups flour and salt. Using a rubber spatula, stir in yeast mixture to form a soft, sticky dough. Do not knead. Cover and let rise at room temperature 1 hour.
  2. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; pat into a 9-in. square. Fold square into thirds, forming a 9×3-in. rectangle. Fold rectangle into thirds, forming a 3-in. square. Turn dough over; place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise at room temperature until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down dough and repeat folding process. Return dough to bowl; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  4. Dust bottom of a disposable foil roasting pan with cornmeal. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead gently 6-8 times; shape into a 6-in. round loaf. Place in prepared pan; dust top with remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Cover pan and let rise at room temperature until dough expands to a 7-1/2-in. loaf, about 1-1/4 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 500°. Using a sharp knife, make a slash (1/4 in. deep) across top of loaf. Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake on lowest oven rack 25 minutes.
  6. Reduce oven setting to 450°. Remove foil; bake bread until deep golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Remove loaf to a wire rack to cool.
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Crispy Pork Belly

Ingredients

  • 1.5kg pork belly, scored
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt flakes
  • 1L milk
  • 1 whole head garlic, halved
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Masterfoods Whole Fennel Seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 240C or 220C fan-forced.
  2. Place pork in a 30cm x 25cm metal baking tray. Rub all over with oil. Rub salts into scored skin. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until skin starts to blister.
  3. Reduce oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced. Pour milk around pork (be careful of steam and to not pour any milk over the skin). Add garlic, sage and seeds to milk. Roast for 1 hour.
  4. Increase oven to 260C or 240C fan-forced. Roast for 10 minutes or until skin is blistered and puffed all over. Remove from oven. Carefully lift pork out of braising liquid and transfer to a plate. Stand loosely covered with foil for 10 minutes before carving.

Marshmallow Flower Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tube refrigerated cookie dough
  • Assorted sanding sugar
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Pastel M&M’s

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice cookie dough into 1/4” rounds. Spread cookies about 1” apart on baking sheet and bake according to package instructions. Let cool completely.
  2. Pour each color sanding sugar into a separate shallow bowl. Using scissors, cut marshmallows in half diagonally and divide halved marshmallows between bags. Dip the cut marshmallow ends in sugar.
  3. Dye the frosting green with a couple drops of food coloring. Place a small amount of frosting on the center of each cookie and place an M&M in the center. Arrange marshmallows around the M&M to look like flower petals.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halvessalt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste, and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, basil, paprika, and parsley. Mix well. Pour 1/2 of this mixture over the chicken, and brush to cover.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and brush with the remaining 1/2 of the honey mustard mixture. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Quick Rise Buns

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ C warm water
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp yeast
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 6 C flour (can use white or wholemeal)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Directions

  1. Stir water, yeast, sugar and oil together. Leave for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy on top. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well. Knead. Roll out if making a pizza base or shape for use as buns / bread / loaf. Paint with oil or milk (if you can be bothered). Bake at 200 degrees Celcius for 10-15 minutes.

Simple Crusty Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tablespoons yeast
  • 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6 ½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough
  • Cornmeal

Directions

  1. In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose. Cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).
  2. Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece with serrated knife. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it.
  3. Place broiler pan on bottom of oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat stone at that temperature for 20 minutes.
  4. Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.