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I love bread, in particular sourdough. I also love traybakes, or slices as we know them in the antipodes. I make a lot of bread, so it’s inevitable that I will have some leftover sourdough slices. What to do with leftover bread? I freeze it of course, but you can end up with too much bread in how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the freezer.

So I got to thinking about bread and butter pudding how to get rid of ants in the house naturally which uses leftover bread. And then I thought of making a traybake based on how to get rid of ants in the house naturally bread and butter pudding. Using sourdough, I thought the bread would absorb the liquid well, and make a traybake that you could cut into pieces. I also cooked it long and slow, to ensure that the custard set firm enough to slice. The sourdough worked well, the slightly tougher bread giving texture and firmness to the how to get rid of ants in the house naturally slice.

Tear the bread into a large bowl and add the how to get rid of ants in the house naturally milk and cream. Mix with a spoon, and then scrunch through your fingers to completely break up how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the bread. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and sugar and lemon zest if using. Stir in the fruit and spices. Mix well, then set aside for at least 15 mins in order how to get rid of ants in the house naturally for the bread to soak up the liquid.

Heat oven to 180 degrees C or 160 degrees C how to get rid of ants in the house naturally fan-forced. Butter and line the base of a 18cm non-stick square cake tin. Stir the melted butter into the mixture, then pour into the tin. Scatter the flaked almonds over the mixture, and then top with demerara sugar.

Bake for 1 hour until set and golden. Cover with foil if the bake is browning too quickly. Cool in the tin, and when quite cold, turn out of the tin and remove the baking paper. Slice into squares. Serve at room temperature, or you could warm gently in a microwave.

This version was helped by using a mixture of apples how to get rid of ants in the house naturally I picked up at the loch in berrima, in the beautiful southern highlands. The loch grows and sells wonderful produce and has a how to get rid of ants in the house naturally great restaurant too. The apples were spectacular. Some of them even had pink flesh, as you can see from the photos. I wish I knew what the variety was. I’ll ask next time I’m there.

This galette would work with any kind of short crust how to get rid of ants in the house naturally pastry. My version is based on the sour cream pastry of how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the wonderful cook maggie beer. I sometimes substitute greek yoghurt for sour cream, as I did this time. However, I find this creates a softer, more delicate pastry. It’s consequently a little harder to handle. Up to you what kind of pastry you use. Good store-bought short crust is fine too!

Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll out between how to get rid of ants in the house naturally two pieces of baking paper so that it is about how to get rid of ants in the house naturally 2cm thick, rolling into a rough circle. Remove the top layer of baking paper and carefully transfer how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the pastry to your lined baking tray, by turning the pastry over and removing the bottom sheet.

I have some advice: if you want to remain anonymous, don’t post your latest drool worthy restaurant dishes on facebook how to get rid of ants in the house naturally or instagram, as you are giving your friends – and stalkers – a GPS map of your daily movements! Certainly my nearest and dearest are able to track me how to get rid of ants in the house naturally down via my breakfast posts. Kind of doing away for the need for any personal how to get rid of ants in the house naturally contact… it’s a weird world we live in.

You could be in fitzroy. The urban terrain is similar. The quaintly named two chaps has all the right credentials how to get rid of ants in the house naturally to be a breakfast icon – officially vegetarian but caters for vegans, uses sustainable and ethically sourced produce, artistically designed and insta worthy dishes, and saving the very best to last – they make everything in house! Slow proved sourdough loaves, rustic and full of deep flavour, flaky croissants with artful toppings (think torched meringue) and oh so sinful donuts! Yummy, really chocolatey house made notella – not to be confused with that commercial choc hazelnut spread how to get rid of ants in the house naturally – plus jams, preserves, honey and pickles. All artfully displayed as you enter the space, and then there are those donuts!

Timing is a consideration to visiting two chaps. Saturdays and sundays are buzzing, and a 20 minute wait is the norm, but worth it, and also rather fun, standing or sitting on the pavement where the vibe is how to get rid of ants in the house naturally cheerful and coffee can be ordered while you wait. But weekdays there’s usually no wait, though the cafe is always lively. So it’s up to you whether you want the to join how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the #marrickville-on-sunday-morning #justoutofbed #ineedmycoffeefix crowd, or enjoy a leisurely weekday breakfast sans millennials but with how to get rid of ants in the house naturally a few yummy mummys and maybe a mamil or two. Up to you, I like either vibe!

As a baker of all things yeasty I often go how to get rid of ants in the house naturally for the crumpets, always on the menu. I am in awe of their sourdough crumpets, which are light as a feather, and fabulous in either their savoury or sweet incarnations. I have eaten them lots in both forms.

Here are “sourdough crumpets, spicy green tahini, deep fried cauliflower, harissa oil, pistachio and pink peppercorn dukkah + poached egg”, and a sweet offering “chocolate sourdough crumpets with buttermilk ricotta, rhubarb jam, beetroot poached pear and candied pecans”:

It wouldn’t be easter unless I make – and blog – hot cross buns. Well there’s a story in this. A week or two ago I made my first day how to get rid of ants in the house naturally batch. And then I made my second batch. Different recipes, both very tasty, but both a little too dark on top. I won’t use the burnt word, but they were heading in that direction…

Add the sultanas, mixed peel, chopped apple, orange zest and cinnamon, then tip out of the bowl onto a lightly floured how to get rid of ants in the house naturally surface. Knead the dough by holding the dough with one hand how to get rid of ants in the house naturally and stretching it with the heal of the other hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat for five minutes, or until smooth and elastic.

Divide the dough into 12 even pieces, and roll each piece into a smooth ball on a how to get rid of ants in the house naturally lightly floured surface. Arrange the buns on a baking tray lined with parchment, leaving enough space so that the buns just touch when how to get rid of ants in the house naturally they rise and expand. Set aside to prove for another hour.

For the cross, mix the flour with about five tablespoons of water in how to get rid of ants in the house naturally small bowl, adding the water one tablespoon at a time, so that you add just enough for a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses.

Easter is coming…and soon too, but it’s not too late to do a little baking. Here’s a great alternative – or addition – to hot cross buns, super simple muffins with all the flavour of hot cross how to get rid of ants in the house naturally buns. And the added bonus that they are dipped in cinnamon how to get rid of ants in the house naturally sugar to give a donut crunch on the top!

I’ve called them sourdough muffins, because I included some of my left over starter in how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the mix. It certainly adds to the flavour, but you can just as easily make lovely muffins without how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the sourdough starter. You don’t need to add anything extra to the mixture if how to get rid of ants in the house naturally you leave out the starter, you will just have slightly less mix.

With the starter you will get 7-8 large muffins, without it, you will still get 6 large muffins. So you will need an extra 6 cup pan for how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the bigger mixture. You could also make them in a regular 12 cup how to get rid of ants in the house naturally muffin pan – same principle applies – with the starter you’ll get 15 or so smaller muffins, so you will need an extra pan.

However, this mixture keeps really well in the fridge for a how to get rid of ants in the house naturally couple of days, so bake as many or as few muffins as you how to get rid of ants in the house naturally like, of either size, and keep the remaining mixture in the fridge! That worked very well for me this week before easter, and I have been able to bake muffins on demand how to get rid of ants in the house naturally all week!

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a second bowl, beat together the starter, if using, and the milk, eggs, oil, honey and golden syrup. Blend the wet ingredients with the dry, taking about 20 seconds. Gently stir in the fruit just until blended.

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