Got flour? Here's how to use it

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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 Big W, get yourself a Kitchenaid Mixer at David Jones, and for measuring cups and spoons, try Target. Pick up your flour at Woolworths or purchase alternative flours at Naked Foods.

2. Sourdough

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 Howards Storage World and Coles.

Once activated, all you need for your basic sourdough is flour and water. Feeling adventurous? Add in some seeds and nuts from Naked Foods, spices from Woolworths or olives from Country Growers.
Did you know that a dutch oven is actually the best way to bake your sourdough? Shop the Le Creuset range from David Jones or Cuisinart range from Myer.

3. Focaccia

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 from Naked Foods to tomatoes, onion and olives from Woolworths. For the perfect bread making activity to do with the kids, it’s time to create edible art!

4. Pasta

From fettucine to ravioli, it’s so simple to make your own pasta at home. Feeling traditional? Use a metal pasta maker from David Jones or set and forget with an electric pasta maker from JB Hifi.

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 Country Growers before popping in the oven.

6. Playdough

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 Target to make shapes or a potato ricer from Big W 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 Coles or Woolies and get crafting!

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