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Beginner Breadmaking: Greek Style Pita Bread

Beginner Breadmaking: Greek Style Pita Bread

Here we have another very simple bread for you to make at home. Greek style pita (or ‘pocketless-pita’) completes a souvlaki, gyros or kebab. I ate lots of them in Greece while on my first holiday with my first ‘proper’ girlfriend oh-so long ago. It’s 

Simple, elegant baking: How to make Biscotti

Simple, elegant baking: How to make Biscotti

So here’s a small departure from the usual ‘how to’s’ you’ll find on the site.

Those who follow the Instagram posts, are one of my team at work, or were at a friend’s 50th birthday party recently will know that I’ve baked a bunch of Biscotti recently; as it turned up in a few of the bread baking resources I’ve been using I decided to give it a go. Considering how much these cost at the coffee shops, I was surprised at how easy and ‘cost-effective’ they are (we don’t do anything cheap).

Anywho, after eating them at work, a colleague asked if I’d post the recipe. I was a bit unsure how it fit’s in as I’m not trying to build ‘another recipe site’. Ultimately though, if I’m getting feedback about the site, it stands to reason that I should provide what the masses want. (In this instance, I’m counting 100% feedback as ‘masses’, even if it’s only one comment!)

So, here’s how I made mine…

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Simple Dairy: How to make Butter

Simple Dairy: How to make Butter

So far on the blog we’ve given instruction on various bits and pieces. You can now make your own bread and bacon: sounds like a near perfect breakfast to me! We are, however, missing one important element of the restorative bacon butty, and that’s butter. Butter 

Simple Dairy: How to make Cream Cheese.

Simple Dairy: How to make Cream Cheese.

Do you want to inherit the Earth? Then you need to learn how to be a cheesemaker (or any other form of dairy product manufacturer). Cheese can be complicated. It often requires specialised equipment and techniques as well as specialised ingredients. In the future we’ll 

Beginner Breadmaking: Focaccia

Beginner Breadmaking: Focaccia

Focaccia is an interesting little beast that blurs the lines between a pizza and a bread. It’s also fairly moist and almost cake-like in texture. Most importantly, though; it’s delicious and very easy to make. It’s great served as part of a large meal, with a salad and some cured meats, or as a simple snack dipped into olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

It’s refinement belies it’s simplicity and is an awful lot more cost-effective (we don’t do cheap here!) to make than it is to buy. Oh, I do love dimples…

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Simple Charcuterie: How to make Bacon. Beginner’s method 1

Simple Charcuterie: How to make Bacon. Beginner’s method 1

Bacon is a hugely versatile ingredient and a long established favourite among meat eaters (as well as the crippling blow to many ex-vegetarians). A good dry cured bacon is both delicious and essential in a full English Breakfast. However, many of us opt for the cheaper 

Simple Charcuterie: How to make Duck Prosciutto

Simple Charcuterie: How to make Duck Prosciutto

Dry cured, uncooked and air dried ham sits somewhere near the pinnacle of the Charcutiere or Salumiere’s craft. A high quality Parma ham can fetch a vast price and rightly so. It’s hugely unrealistic to expect to get anything like those results in a new 

How to Make Your First Gallon of Wine part 2

How to Make Your First Gallon of Wine part 2

This is the second part of a walkthrough that will help you to make your first batch of wine using supermarket juice. 1 gallon is 6 bottles of wine.

If you haven’t already read it, you’ll need to start with part 1 to catch up…

After around 3 weeks, you’ll notice that the air bubbles escaping the airlock have slowed down a lot, and have probably stopped altogether. Congratulations! you have made wine (although it will be far from it’s best at the moment).

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Simple Charcuterie: How to make Confit Duck

Simple Charcuterie: How to make Confit Duck

Confit Duck is a pretty classic French dish and is one of the oldest forms of meat preservation. You can buy this tinned, but it’s incredibly expensive. We’ve been making duck prosciutto for some time here at The Miniholding. A whole duck works out at