Got flour? Here's how to use it
It’s cheap, versatile and comes in a range of different varieties. Let’s talk about flour! If you’re spending a little more time at home lately and feeling an urge to get baking, here are <7> things you can make with the flour you have in your cupboard.
1. Banana bread
Banana bread has been reported as one of the most Googled and Instagrammed recipes across the last few months, and for good reason. It’s easy to make, and can be adapted to what you have at home. Plain flour, coconut flour, spelt, gluten free – the gang is all here! All kinds of alternative flours and sugars work well to make this delicious loaf.
If you have a gap in your pantry on the utensils front, nail your iso bake-off with these kitchen essentials. Shop cake and bread tins at Kmart, get yourself a Kitchenaid Mixer at Myer, and for measuring cups and spoons, try Big W. Pick up your flour at Woolworths or purchase alternative flours at HealthShop.
Not as easy as banana bread, to be sure, but arguably more satisfying: DIY sourdough. If you’ve missed the memo, artisanal bread has been popping up everywhere, and is a strong contender for 2020’s ‘hobby of the year’. First up, you’ll need a sourdough starter. To create it, you’ll need an airdry jar or container, flour and water. Shop these at Kmart.
Once activated, all you need for your basic sourdough is flour and water. Feeling adventurous? Add in some seeds and nuts from HealthShop, spices from Santoshi Spice Market or olives from The Fruit & Deli Co.
Did you know that a dutch oven is actually the best way to bake your sourdough? Shop the Le Creuset range from Myer or Cuisinart range from Robin's Kitchen.
For a slightly more simple bread adventure, enter the humble focaccia. Focaccia is super simple, fun to make and allows you to get artistic. Decorate your focaccia with your favourite toppings – from fresh herbs to tomatoes, onion and olives, you'll find it all at The Fruit & Deli Co. For the perfect bread making activity to do with the kids, it’s time to create edible art!
From fettucine to ravioli, it’s so simple to make your own pasta at home. Feeling traditional? Use a metal pasta maker from <insert retailer eg Wheel & Barrow> or set and forget with an electric pasta maker from Robin's Kitchen..
5. Pizza bases
Make your own pizza bases with your favourite type of flour. There are hundreds of recipes available to help you perfect your base. Once you’ve mastered the base, enter your favourite toppings from ALDI before popping in the oven.
The secret to the perfect at home pizza is a pizza stone from House. Use your pizza stone in your oven or outdoor BBQ.
A cup of flour mixed with oil, salt, cream of tartar and water = hours of fun for kids everywhere. Homemade playdough is very straightforward: just add in your favourite colour using food colouring available from Coles and let the fun begin. Use cookie cutters available from Kmart to make shapes or a potato ricer from Target for the DIY activity that keeps on giving.
7. Air dry clay
Consider yourself an advanced crafter? Create your own air-dry clay and make candle holders, ring dishes, pinch pots and more. Grab all your ingredients from <insert retailer like Coles, Aldi, Woolies> and get crafting!