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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 October 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2016 13 FOOD Lemon bars I wanted to make this dessert since my early days of blogging. It turns out to be a totally cool and velvet cream, completely smooth and refined. To achieve the perfect results you should bake the cake in a rectangular baking pan like the ones used to make horizontal tarts. INGREDIENTS: For the base 2 cups sifted flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 cup butter For the top 4 large beaten eggs 2 cups white sugar 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest METHOD: 1. For the base, mix the butter into the flour and sugar. Mix with hands until it clings together. 2. Press into a rectangular pan. 3. Bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. 4. For the filling, beat together eggs, sugar and lemon juice. 5. Sift together flour and baking powder and stir into egg mixture. 6. Pour over baked, cooled crust. 7. Bake at 180°C for 25 minutes. 8. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 9. Cut into bars. Wholemeal pizza bun This dough recipe is practically the recipe for a wholemeal pizza dough, filled with your favourite ingredients. Here we have used tomato, cheese, peppers and bacon. INGREDIENTS: For the dough 1 tsp sugar 1 1/2 cup warm water 8g dry yeast 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 500g wholemeal flour (it might need a bit more depending on the quality of the flour) METHOD: 1. Melt the sugar in lukewarm water and add the yeast. Allow the mixture to stand for 30 minutes. 2. Add olive oil and salt, then add the whole wheat flour slowly, slowly to make the dough. 3. Remove the dough and work it on the counter top dusted with flour. 4. Put the dough in an oil covered bowl and make sure it’s covered in olive oil from all sides. 5. Cover with a towel and allow to double in size for about 1 hour. 6. Then divide the dough into two parts and give them another 45 minutes to rest. The second part can be saved in the freezer for up to three months. 7. Preheat oven to 180°C and roll out the dough on a baking sheet in a round shape. 8. Use a knife to cut the centre of the round dough in a cross shape and then do an X that has the same centre as the cross. What we do here is pull eight lines from the centre of the circle so as to cut eight concentric triangles. 9. Put the ingredients around the dough. First the tomato sauce, then cheese, peppers and the bacon last. 10. Close the dough inward and then pull the triangles that you have cut out, touching on the dough that we turned inward. 11. Transfer to the oven and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Nutella banana bread Two of everyone’s favourite ingredients, banana and nutella combined in one super simple recipe. Plus, when you cut the cake a river of nutella will come out. INGREDIENTS: 250g unsalted butter, melted 250g granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 300g all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/2 cups) 2 cups Nutella METHOD: 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. 2. Lightly grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, melt the butter and let it cool slightly. 3. Whisk in the sugar then the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour and baking soda. 4. Fold in the mashed bananas until just combined. 5. Spread 1/3 of the bread batter evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. 6. Dollop 1 cup of Nutella over the batter in the pan and then make a nice thick swirl through the batter with a table knife or bottom of a wooden spoon. 7. Place 1/2 of the remaining batter evenly over the first layer and swirl with 1 cup of the remaining Nutella. 8. Place the remaining batter evenly over the second layer and swirl. 9. Place loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown. 10. Let the bread cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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