Pizza

  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Mushroom & pepper pizza

Ingredients

Topping: | 2 tablespoons sunflower oil | 250 g (8 oz) onions, sliced | 425 g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 2 tablespoons tomato puree | 125 g (4 oz) mozzarella cheese, grated | 1/2 red pepper, cored, seeded and sliced | 1/2 orange pepper, cored, seeded and sliced | 1/2 green pepper, cored, seeded and sliced | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 125 g (4 oz) mixed mushrooms, such as oyster, shiitake and chestnut, sliced | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Dough: | 250 g (8 oz) strong plain flour | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 7 g (1/4 oz) sachet fast-action dried yeast | pinch of sugar | 150 ml (1/4 pint) tepid water
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Italian

Peppered Beef Pizza

Ingredients

1/2 x 275 g (9 oz) packet bread mix | Topping: | 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 1 small onion, grated | 2 tablespoons tomato puree | 1 teaspoon paprika | 125 g (4 oz) button mushrooms, sliced | 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced into rings | 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced into rings | 250 g (8 oz) mozzareila cheese, thinly sliced | 50 g (2 oz) can anchovy fillets, cut in half lengthways | a few black olives | salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Chilli Calzone

Ingredients

1/2 x 560 g (20 oz) packet bread mix | Filling: | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 large onion, chopped | 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef | 2 tablespoons ground coriander | 1 tablespoon chilli powder | 325 g (11 oz) can sweetcorn, drained | 375 g (12 oz) mozzareila cheese, sliced | 1 teaspoon dried marjoram | 1/2 teaspoon chopped dried thyme | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mexicali Golden Corn Pancakes

Ingredients

75 g (3 oz) cornmeal | 25 g (1 oz) plain flour | 2 eggs | 300-450 ml (1/2-3/4 pint) milk | oil or butter, for cooking | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Filling: | 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced | 1 large onion, finely chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 2 tablespoons peanut oil | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced pork | 150 ml (1/4 pint) boiling beef stock | 400 g (13 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional) | Topping: | 2 large ripe avocado pears, peeled, stoned and diced | juice of 1/2 lemon | 1 gariic clove, crushed | 150 ml (1/4 pint) soured cream | 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Beef and Potato Clock Flan

Ingredients

125 g (4 oz) plain flour | 75 g (3 oz) butter or margarine | 125 g (4 oz) mashed potato | 1 tablespoon sunflower oil | 1 onion, chopped | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs | 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce | 250 g (8 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 1 tablespoon tomato puree | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Veal and Apple Pasties with Walnuts

Ingredients

400 g (13 oz) packet shortcrust pastry | beaten egg, to glaze | Filling: | 500 g (1 lb) minced veal | 1 large cooking apple, peeled, cored and diced | 50 g (2 oz) chopped walnuts | 1 small onion, finely chopped | 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs, e.g. thyme, parsley, sage, marjoram, rosemary | 50 g (2 oz) raisins | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Spiced Lamb Tart with Apricots

Ingredients

10 sheets filo pastry | 5 tablespoons olive oil | 1 onion, finely chopped | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced lamb | 1 teaspoon ground cumin | 1 teaspoon ground coriander | 2 teaspoons peeled and chopped fresh root ginger | 125 g (4 oz) no-soak dried apricots, chopped | 1 egg, beaten | 75 ml (3 fl oz) Greek-style yogurt | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Raised Pork Pie

Ingredients

1 kg (2 lb) minced pork | 1 onion, finely chopped | 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage | 1 tablespoon juniper berries, finely crushed | 4 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry | beaten egg, to glaze | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Hot-water crust pastry: | 500 g (1 lb) plain flour | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 175 g (6 oz) lard or block margarine | 5 tablespoons milk | 5 tablespoons water

Empanada with minced beef

Ingredients

Dough: | 150 ml (1/4 pint) lukewarm water | 1 teaspoon sugar | 3 teaspoons dried yeast | 250 g (8 oz) strong plain flour | 50 g (2 oz) butter, diced | 1/2 teaspoon salt | Filling: | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 1 large green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced | 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 Spanish onion, chopped | 175 g (6 oz) chorizo (spicy Spanish sausage), thinly sliced | 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef | 50 g (2 oz) raisins | 425 g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 4 hard-boiled eggs | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tourtiere with minced pork

Ingredients

500 g (1 lb) lean minced pork | 500 g (1 lb) minced pie veal | 125 g (4 oz) salt pork or fat streaky bacon, diced | 75 g (3 oz) butter | 1 large onion, chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 1/4 teaspoon dried summer savory | 50 ml (2 fl oz) water | 375 g (12 oz) shortcrust pastry | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Minced Lamb Rolls

Ingredients

250 g (8 oz) lean minced lamb | 1 small onion, finely chopped | 2 tomatoes, skinned and chopped | 2 teaspoons ground coriander | 3 tablespoons finely chopped unsalted peanuts | 8 sheets filo pastry | soya or sunflower oil, for brushing | poppy seeds, for sprinkling | salt and pepper

Polenta bread

Polenta-breadIngredients:
* 220 g (7 oz / 1 1/3 cups) coarse ground cornmeal
* 125 g (4 oz/1 cup) plain flour
* 1 heaped teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 220 ml (7 fl oz/1 cup) hand-hot water

To serve:
* salad

Bread sticks

Bread-sticksIngredients:
* 1 quantity Traditional Pizza Dough, made up to end of step 2
* sesame or poppy seeds, or cracked or kibbled wheat, to sprinkle

To serve:
* slices of prosciutto (Parma ham), if desired

Grape bread

Grape-breadIngredients:
* 1 quantity Deep Pan Pizza Dough, made up to end of step 1
* 30 g (1 oz/5 teaspoons) caster sugar

Filling:
* 375 g (12 oz) red seedless grapes
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/4 cup) caster sugar

To serve:
* extra sugar and pouring cream

Panettone

PanettoneIngredients:
* 30g (1 oz / 6 teaspoons) fresh (compressed) yeast, or 2 tablespoons dried active yeast
* 90 ml (3 fl oz / 1/3 cup) hand-hot water
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/3 cup) sugar
* 4 egg yolks
* few drops vanilla essence
* grated peel of 1 lemon
* 375 g (12 oz/3 cups) strong white flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 90 g (3 oz / 1/3 cup) butter, softened
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/3 cup) chopped candied peel
* 45 g (1 1/2 oz/2 tablespoons) raisins
* 45 g (1 1/2 oz/2 tablespoons) sultanas
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/4 cup) butter, melted, for brushing

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