All of us ‘cheat’ when it comes to food now and again. Whether it’s buying pre-chopped vegetables, ready meals or takeaways, sometimes we buy things purely for the convenience factor. In some cases, it can make life easier and allow us to make meals quicker, but other times we buy things because we don’t think we can make them ourselves. However you can save a considerable amount of money making things from scratch compared with buying pre-bought, plus you have the benefit of knowing everything that has gone into it. And you might be surprised just how easy some of them are to whip up in your own kitchen. Did you know these things are surprisingly simple to make from scratch? No need to waste money or extra calories as you can do them yourself!
Even if you make your own pie fillings from scratch, chances are you still buy the pastry ready made. When it comes to puff pastry it’s a little trickier and does require technique, but shortcrust is as easy as… well, pie! Did you know there were just four ingredients? Flour, butter, water and salt. There are no cheffy techniques needed, simply rub the flour and butter together until it resembles breadcrumbs and add water and a pinch of salt to bring together into a dough. It can be used for savory tarts, pies, quiches and more. Such an easy thing to make and can save you cash on your shopping bill. Plus it means all of your recipes really are made from scratch without any shortcuts!
The only ingredients needed for pasta are flour, salt, eggs and olive oil. Simply whisk together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the eggs and olive oil. If you have a mixer like a Kitchenaid, this job will be even easier since it does the hard work kneading for you, using the dough hook attachment. You can even buy a pasta attachment that connects to the mixer to thinly roll out your pasta dough afterward- otherwise purchase a pasta roller. It’s the perfect way to impress your guests at your next dinner party, as it seems like it would be difficult to make but it’s actually not at all.
Bread seems like it would be extremely tricky to make, but if you have a bread machine, they do all of the hard work for you. Add the ingredients in the order stated in the manufacturer’s book, and let the machine do everything else. It will mix, knead, prove and bake all in the one device. You can find reviews for popular bread machines online so research which would work best for you. The good thing about making your own bread is you can make it with any additional ingredients you like. Olives, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan- even sweet breads like chocolate chip. Plus your house smells like freshly baked bread which let’s face it is never a bad thing.
Shop bought pizzas can be a bit rubbish, whereas takeaway pizzas are expensive and unhealthy. Making your own is a far better option, and again is something you can do in a bread machine or kitchen mixer. The dough is just a few ingredients, then you can roll it out and add your own toppings. Or you could fold it over and make calzone instead. Delicious!