3-Ingredient Brown-Butter Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until milk solids begin to brown, about 6 minutes (do not burn). Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Chill until just firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat brown butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in flour and salt, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, just to blend (do not overwork dough).
  3. Transfer dough to a sheet of parchment. Form dough into a rectangle. Place second sheet of parchment over dough. Roll out dough to a 8×6″ rectangle about 1/2″ thick.
  4. Remove top sheet of parchment. Transfer dough on parchment to a rimmed baking sheet. Using a fork, pierce dough all over, spacing 1″ apart. Bake shortbread, rotating halfway through, until golden brown and firm to the touch, 55–65 minutes.
  5. Cut shortbread lengthwise into 1″ strips on baking sheet while still warm. Cut each strip crosswise into thirds. Let cool completely.
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Cauliflower Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil

Directions

  1. In the microwave, cook the cauliflower in a covered dish with two tablespoon of water until soft.
  2. Drain the cauliflower and mash with the back of a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add the egg, salt and pepper, and enough flour until you can form patties; about 1/4 cup.
  4. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a skillet. Over medium high heat, brown the caulflower patties. Eat!

Country White Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 6-1/2 to 7 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, oil and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down dough. Divide in half and shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°.
  4. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Fresh Strawberry Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 c. cake flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 c. butter
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 c. strawberry preserves
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. red food coloring
  • 1/2 c. Buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 pt. strawberries

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.

Lemony Yogurt Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch-square cake pan. In a bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda and salt. In a bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until smooth. Beat in the yogurt, followed by the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until blended.
  2. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack to cool for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto the rack and let cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar 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.