Bread baking part 2

So today we are having pizza for dinner and I have taken some pictures as I went along to show how simple it is! Excuse some of the pics- battery ran out so I used my phone for some of them!
I used a recipe from The I Diet , but I have adapted it a bit (made it veggie, removed some of the stuff, swapped the toppings over).
Step 1- Put flour, yeast, salt and tsp oil in a bowl. Mine has 90g strong white flour and 90g strong wholemeal flour.


Step 2- Pour in warm water (I use some from the kettle and some from the cold tap) and mix together a little bit. This needed about 140ml water.
Step 3- Tip it out onto a lightly floured surface and don’t panic when it looks messy! Stretch it about a bit (this works the gluten in the flour) and keep on kneading it, After about 5 minutes you should have a ball of lovely smooth dough.
Step 4- Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a cloth and leave to rise for around an hour.


Step 5- Pre-heat the oven. Flatten the dough into the pizza base shape that you want (I like on massive super pizza that I can slice once it comes out the oven), then go crazy with toppings! I spread red pesto over the base then covered it with sliced pepper, sliced courgettes, and light mozzarella.
Step 6- Put in the oven only once the oven is super hot. Cook for about 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges look brown.
Step 7- Remove from oven, slice up and serve with a massive salad. Yum! I did mean to put some fresh basil on it after (from the window-sill) but I forgot. Oops.

I also experimented today with the blondies from Rachel Allen’s Bake. I have read that you can swap some of the fat in a recipe for apple sauce. After those muffins I made the other week I decided to try it with a different recipe. So I used 50g butter and 50g apple sauce. I also reduced the sugar and used a little agave nectar instead, and used wholegrain spelt flour. They are very tasty still, although I think I would cook them for a little less time as they were a bit more like cake and less like brownie. I do like brownies that are nice and squidgy.

While we are on the subject of food, I made some delicious fake frozen yoghurt today, and I even took a photo! In my mini chopper I put 80g frozen raspberries, whizzed them up a bit, then added 100g Rachel’s low fat cherry yoghurt, whizzed it up some more, and served. I did think it might need some sweetener as the raspberries can be a bit tart, but actually it was good. There is sugar in the yoghurt so that’s probably why it was ok.

I haven’t been up to much else that is of any interest; I did some work, I went on a walk, I went in the garden (the apples on the tree are getting big eeeee- one is the size of a cherry tomato!), I did some housework. I have been drinking lots and trying to get everything ready for my half marathon tomorrow. Wish me luck.

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