Fresh Pasta Recipe

Fresh Pasta Recipe

How to make fresh pasta from scratch at home


Fresh Pasta dough – I am talking about homemade fresh pasta from scratch! Doesn’t it sound delicious? Yes, it is! Some of you might think authentic pasta dough recipe call for a different flour, e.g. 00 flour. This flour is ideal for dishes like pasta and pizza but not necessary. I have used All-purpose flour for this one and I loved how it turned out. Try out this super easy pasta dough recipe and let me know how it goes for you…
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 Mins
Yields: 16 ravioli (I made ravioli with this dough)
Ingredients:

  • Eggs – 3
  • Olive Oil – ½ to 1 tsp
  • Crushed Pepper – 1/8 tsp (optional)
  • Salt – Pinch 1/8 tsp
  • All-purpose Flour/Maida – 1 Cup(plus 1-2 Tbsp. extra)

Fresh pasta using mixer attachment

  1. Take a mixer, I used my food processor’s big bowl attachment. (see the image)
  2. Add 3 eggs, salt, pepper & oil to it.
  3. Give it a whiz for 2-5 seconds just to combine everything.
  4. Now add 1 cup flour to it and turn on the mixer. Let is run for a couple of seconds.
  5. Stop and check the dough. If it too wet & sticky add 1 or 2 tbsp flour. Mix it.
  6. Once the dough is going in circles and can’t be mixed any further by food processor/ mixer stop and take out the dough,
  7. Knead the dough so it comes together and is smooth.
  8. Add a touch of olive oil and place the dough in a bowl to rest for 30 mins.
  9. After that, it is ready to use.

Homemade pasta without machine

  1. If you don’t know a food process, no problem let’s go the traditional Italian way.
  2. Take flour and make a well.
  3. In a bowl break & beat the eggs.
  4. Add eggs, oil, salt & pepper into the well.
  5. Now slowly take the flour from inside edge and start combining with egg mixture.
  6. Continue this process until flour & egg mixture is combined.
  7. Knead the dough until smooth dough.
  8. Lightly coat the dough with olive oil and rest it for 30 mins.
  9. Now you are ready to use the dough.

Fresh Pasta Dough traditional method

Tips:

    To know how to make it check out my spinach and ricotta ravioli recipe.
     
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Pizza Pasta Sauce Recipe

Pizza Pasta Sauce Recipe

PIZZA /PASTA SAUCE RECIPE

 

This is one versatile sauce. You can use it for pastas, ravioli and of course your PIZZA! Many people call it by different names. It’s red pasta sauce, tomato pasta sauce or pizza sauce.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 Mins
Yield: good for 2 pizzas / for pasta serving 2 people.
Ingredients: –
Pizza Sauce

  • Tomatoes – 400 gms (boiled or steamed) you can used canned ones too
    • steamed) you can use canned ones too.
      • Garlic – 1 large clove (add 2-3 cloves as I love garlic)
        • Olive oil – 2 TBSp
          • Dried Oregano 1-2 tsp
            • Dried Italian herbs 1 -2 tsp
              • Salt as per taste
                • Pepper as per taste
                • Pizza Sauce Recipe:
                  1. In a pan heat up olive oil.
                  2. Add garlic and sauté a little.
                  3. Crush the tomatoes using hand or blender. Ensure its smooth paste. Add the paste to the sautéed garlic. Cook it for 5-10 mins until it is a thick paste.
                  4. Add dried oregano. If you want, you can use mixed Italian herbs too.
                  5. Add salt, pepper as per taste. Cook for 2 mins and then cool the sauce.

                  Tip: For Pasta sauce add some fresh basil and keep the consistency more loose.
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How to make pizza dough at home

How to make pizza dough at home

How to make pizza dough at home


Who doesn’t love pizza!! A gorgeous Italian mouth-watering dish which has reached nooks and corner of the world.  Pizza is best had when it’s fresh and hot. The best part is that you can make as many variation as you want. This recipe is an easy and you can enjoy ‘just out of the oven pizza’ in the comforts of your home. Try making pizza from scratch and I am sure you will be thrilled with the results.

Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Yield: 2 8” pizzas

For the Dough:

  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) – 100 gms
  • Yeast – 3 gms
  • Sugar – 2 gm
  • Olive oil – 13 gm
  • Water- 50-60 gms
  • Salt – 2 gms

For the pizza sauce: Click here (when I made this pizza I already had some leftover sauce)

For Pizza Toppings:

  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Olives
  • Paneer
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Or whatever your heart desires

Keep the Pizza Sauce ready before the dough as it will cool down by the time the dough is done.

Pizza Dough Recipe:

  1. Combine all-purpose flour, yeast and sugar. Using water knead this mix into a dough. Use little water at a time. If you feel the dough is very dry you can add little more water. Keep kneading till the dough is nice and stretchy.  (See pics below)
  2. It’s important for the dough to be nice and elastic. You can check it by doing window pane test. Take a small dough ball (size of a marble). Flatten it and stretch gently. Keep pulling till it becomes thin. So thin that it is opaque and you can see your finger through it. If the dough tears, then you need to knead more.  (See pics below)
  3. Once you have is ready add oil and knead. All little oil at a time. You will feel that it is not coming together, but keep kneading until all the oil is used. (See pics below)
  4. Now take ball of the pizza dough and roll it out in a circle. Use your fingers to form a side crust. I placed my dough in a pan to make it a little deep dish style. If you want a thin crust pizza, then spread the pizza dough out and place it on the reverse side of baking tray. Ensure you spread some semolina on the baking tray before placing the pizza dough.
  5. Now spread the pizza sauce on top of the dough with help of a ladle in a circular motion.
  6. Now let the dough proof for 20 mins. Most of us don’t have a proofing machine, so you can place it in dry warm place. The dough will rise slightly.
  7. When dough is proofing, pre-heat the oven at 200°
  8. Once done, add your choice of toppings. You can whatever your heart desires.
  9. Now the best part, grate mozzarella cheese GENEROUSLY! Haha
  10. Bake the pizza in a pan or on a tray for 10 -12 mins.
  11. Once done, cut and enjoy all your hard work!

 

Step by step Pizza dough

 

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Almond Cake Recipe

Almond Cake Recipe

French Almond Cake Recipe

FRENCH ALMOND CAKE RECIPE

 

This is a moist French almond cake recipe. I am sure you all will love it. This cake recipe uses almond flour or almond meal apart from the almond extract which gives its beautiful flavour. I used Simply Organic’s Almond extract picked on a USA trip and you need very little of it. A warning before you start baking. Be careful while using extracts as they are concentrated flavour and one needs very little of it.

Now go ahead and try this recipe and dig into this spongy and moist French almond cake!

Yield: One 9-inch round cake (Although I made it in 7-inch ring, as I wanted more height)

Prep Time: 15-20 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients for french almond cake:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup almond flour (meal/ powder)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt (Pinch)
  • Almond flakes (to sprinkle on top)

Wet Ingredient:

  • ¾ cup plain yogurt (ensure its fresh)
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ cup oil (don’t use strong flavour oils like peanut, coconut. Vegetable or sunflower is the best option)

Step by step process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175˚C for 10 mins at least. Use an oven thermometer for accurate temperature. Grease the pan with butter & line the tin the bottom with parchment paper. Using parchment paper helps cakes come out with ease.
  1. Spread almonds flakes on a baking tray evenly. Bake for 2 mins until they get a light brown tinge. Keep a close eye on them, as they are flakes they will get burnt quickly.
  1. In a bowl sieve all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt (Dry ingredients). To mix evenly use a whisk. In another bowl combine the yogurt, sugar, eggs & extract (wet ingredients). Mix until well blended. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Mix everything to combine. Don’t over mix. (refer
  1. Add the oil and stir well. (Ensure you add oil at the end always) Once you add it will look separated but keep mixing with a paddle to blend well. It will come together in 2-5 mins.
  1. Pour the batter into prepared tin and sprinkle the almond flakes on it. Bake it for 35-45 mins.
  1. Towards last 10-15 minutes of baking cover the cake with aluminium foil. This will avoid the top getting burnt. By 30-35 mins the top of the cake should be nice & brown.
  1. You can check if the cake is done by 2 ways. Either gently press the cake and it will be springy. Or insert a skewer/ toothpick and if it comes out clean then it’s done. Once cooled, carefully run a knife around the edges to loosen the cake.
  1. Allow the cake to cool in the tin.
  1. Once cooled, run a knife around the edges of the tin to loosen the sides. Be gentle while doing this. We just want to separate the cake which might be sticking to the edges of the tin.
  1. Take it out onto a cake board or cake stand, you can dust some icing sugar if you want.
Step by step process french almond cake recipe

Step by step process french almond cake recipe

 

 

Moist French Almond Cake