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 Robins Kitchen, get yourself a Kitchenaid Mixer at House and for measuring cups and spoons, try Big W . Pick up your flour or purchase alternative flours at Woolworths or Coles.

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 Woolworths or Coles.

Once activated, all you need for your basic sourdough is flour and water. Feeling adventurous? Add in some seeds and nuts, spices or olives.

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 to tomatoes, onion and olives. 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? Set and forget with an electric pasta maker from JB Hi-Fi.

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 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.

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 and let the fun begin. Use cookie cutters to make shapes or a potato ricer 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.