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Bakery

Nutty Fruit Loaf
  • Time: 3hrs 45 mins (Depending on Breadmaker)
  • Complexity: very easy

Nutty Fruit Loaf

Okay, so yes you can always make bread by hand, but when you have a breadmaker... it is just so damn easy!! And it's always nice to have new recipes to try in the breadmaker, so I give you my Nutty Fruit Loaf! 

If you like sweet breads, hot cross buns, or the smell of warm spices wafting through the house, this is the loaf for you. 

Semolina Pizza Dough
  • Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Complexity: easy

Semolina Pizza Dough

I recently watched an episode of Jamie Oliver and normally I'm not a big fan of pizza (the whole anti-carbs and cheese thing doesn't really go well with pizza) but I must say, it did look good! And so, here I was feeling inspired and determined that I can manage a dash of carbohydrate and cheese... on occasion at least! Yet I couldn't really remember his version of pizza dough other than it had semolina in it. So this is my version, probably quite similar to his though Semolina/Flour proportions might be a bit different!

Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: easy

Whole Wheat Tortillas

I completely underestimated just how easy it is to make your own tortillas, that's not to say I won't still buy the packet ones, but it's quite nice to know that if you are craving mexican and find your stash of store-bought tortillas is depleted, it won't take long to quickly whip up enough for the whole family! 

The other perk of course, is you can make them a lot healthier than the ones available at the supermarket. Admittedly I buy the 96% fat free ones anyway, so my at-home version is probably pretty comparable. I don't put any fat in mine, but if you don't mind a few extra calories and probably a bit of extra flavour, feel free to add in a teaspoon or two of butter/lard/oil, though you will need to accommodate by reducing the water a little or adding more flour! 

This recipe is for a single tortilla, but very large! Enough to accommodate my Big Bean Burrito! So if you are sussing out servings, consider it to serve two small/medium tortillas, or one very large one. 

Cornbread
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cornbread

There are a lot of Cornbread variations out there, particularly those that feature high volumes of butter, cream and calories! This is my version, which is of course an attempt at a healthier Cornbread while still providing comfort and taste. 

This Cornbread version is more of a cake (rather than a spoonable version) so to serve you can cut into wedges. I did half quantity when first baked which is why mine is quite flat as I used the same sized dish, but it worked out just fine so feel free to do half if you're after less serves. Just make sure you chop down the cooking time - about 15-20 minutes is perfect.

Red Bean Buns
  • Time: 40 minutes (plus 40 minutes rising time)
  • Complexity: easy

Red Bean Buns

I can't remember when exactly I discovered the magic that is Red Bean Buns, but since whenever that moment was, I have devoured my fair share of these fluffy, sweet gorgeous buns! 

These buns are fluffy and pillowy, and in traditional Japanese style, filled with delicious Anko (sweet Adzuki bean) paste. If you cook up a batch, simply store them in the freezer and about 30 seconds in the microwave (or you could steam a few at a time to reheat) and it's instant Red Bean Bun goodness at your fingertips. 

Coconut Steamed Buns
  • Time: 20 minutes (plus 40 minutes rising time)
  • Complexity: very easy

Coconut Steamed Buns

I am a big fan of steamed buns, in particular Red Bean Buns (which I will be posting up in the not too distant future!) and these Coconut Steamed Buns are easy-peasy, fluffy and just how I wanted them to be. 

I make the dough in the breadmaker because it's just so easy, but you can use a food processor or the old fashioned way, by hand!

And, of course, you can also fill these with whatever tickles your fancy.