Sunday, 3 October 2010

Quick (Baking Powder) Bread Recipe

Have you tried those '5 Minute Bread' receipt's? They take hours... Try this one instead.

You will need:

4 cups flour
1½ cups milk
6 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter


Mix thoroughly together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and melted butter.
Slowly add the milk, enough to make stiff dough.
Bake in greased bread pans at 350F/180C degrees for about 55 minutes.

Yup... no need to knead!!

Friday, 15 January 2010

Plastic Bottle Clotch

The problems with using a plastic bottle as a clotch are that the bottle will fall over in any wind if the bottle is not pushed well in, and if it is pushed well in then the soil inside the pushed in bottle will dry out.

The following is an easy way to rectify both of these problems and an easy way to use a plastic bottle as a clotch. With a hot soldering iron, remove the bottom of the plastic bottle. While it is possible to cut off the bottom with a knife the action of the hot iron will create a ridge that stiffens the bottle end. Then again using the iron, create lots of holes in the base section that will be under the soil. The ridges created around the holes by the hot iron will actually stiffen the bottle, you can see the effect in the image.

The idea here is simple in that if you place this area of the bottle under the soil then the soil inside the clotch will not dry out as the moisture in the soil will feed through the holes and as the bottle is well down in the soil then this will also anchor it and work to prevent it from being moved by the wind.