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- Clean the empty Baked Bean tins and take outer wrapping off. Grease
, flour and set aside. Ingredients: 1/2 cups of raisins, 1 1/2 cup
of sultanas , 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice and 1/2
teaspoon cinnamon, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda.
Combine all ingredients. Mix well with 500 mls of boiled tea. Empty
into greased and floured
cans. About 3/4 the way up each can. Cover with grease proof paper
or baking paper and tie with string. Let stand overnight. Stand in a
large pot of boiling water 1/2 full. Steam for up to an hour and a
half. Serve cold , buttered or hot with hot custard.- S.J.,
- Cup Cakes and Muffin tins... experiment with different shaped food
cans, for example tuna or baby food. Make sure the cans are clean
and also clean of any smells, then grease them up and use like you
would for any recipe. Remember to watch for differing cooking times.
- Mean Girl, Hastings
make a date and banana loaf each week. 3 cups flour, 2
tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup bran flakes. butter
or margarine, 3 teaspoons baking powder, spices -Cassia,
mixed spices or others. One overripe banana cut into pieces.
I whirl the lot in my food processor and add sufficient
water to make a very thick moist mixture. Place in a greased
ovenproof dish, and bake for 2 hours in a slow oven. Add or
remove ingredients like dates, bran, sultanas or what have
you. Makes a large loaf which will last ages. Mine does a
week for 2 of us. - Tex, Christchurch.
very handy easily remembered recipe for a lovely shortbread
— say 3, 6, 9. I can only do ounces — 3 sugar, 6 butter
and 9 flour! Make as usual. - Ann of Whakatane
My grandmother wanted me to share her tip after reading an
article about food wastage. With
soft biscuits she places them in the oven for a few minutes
(even if they have filling) and they come out crisp, fresh
and taste beautiful! - L.J., Whakatane
Make over 120 cookies for just $4.00! This fantastic basic
cookie recipe is terrific value, makes loads and has lots of
room for variations:
sugar and margarine. Add condensed milk and flour. Roll into
teaspoon sized balls and press down with a fork. Place on
greased trays and bake in moderate oven until golden brown
(approximately 10-15 minutes). Before baking I divide the
mixture into five and add the following ingredients for
different flavoured cookies:
could add any number of other things like Rice Bubbles,
Smarties, nuts, cinnamon and other spices and so on. The raw
mixture can be frozen in balls, just thaw slightly before
From this one batch we made 123 cookies and by my calculations
using the cheapest possible ingredients the whole batch cost
just over $4.00 to make! - K.F.
When I do my weekly bread
baking I make an extra loaf for my dogs. They love it and it’s
cheaper than dog biscuits. As the oven cools I put any left over
stale bread in there in slices to give them a crunchy variety also.
– Reader, Masterton.
bread recipe. You will need: 2¼ cups (315g) white flour, 2¼ cups
(315g) wholemeal flour, ½ cup (75g) kibbled wheat, ¼ cup (35g)
kibbled rye, ½ cup (70g) sunflower seeds, ¼ cup (22g) rolled oats,
2 teaspoons Surebake yeast or 1 teaspoon Bakels dried yeast, 2
teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon of sugar, and 3 cups plus 1 tablespoon of warm (30-35°C)
water (total, 765ml).
Combine all in a large bowl and mix till a shaggy dough.
Place in loaf pan and leave on top of hot water cylinder for
5 hours or until risen to the top of the pan.
Bake at 220°C fanbake for 45 minutes. The ingredients can be
altered (e.g. different flours, seeds, etc) successfully. The cost
including electricity to be about $2.20 a loaf, which is less than
half the normal retail price.- Shirley, Masterton.
- While I know it's cheaper to
bake your own bread, on reading a Vogel-type recipe, and it
being touted as 'only' $2.20 per loaf, it's not the cheapest
Vogel-type bread out there. Try the Budget, Giant or Big brands
of Multigrain loaves. These
are delicious, nutritious and filling, and cost somewhere around
$1.69 per loaf in New World supermarkets.
IMO they're even nicer than Vogel's, but that's just my
opinion. - Lorri, Kawerau.
- I have a friend who brings me
day old bread rolls that are left over from a meal service for the
elderly. I freeze them and when I want to use them I reheat them in
a turbo oven which uses less energy than a microwave. - Helen, Sunshine
- I have a family of 7, 2 adults
and 5 kids. My growing lot can go through 2 loaves of bread a day,
so you can do the math with the amount I spend on bread a week, so I
started experimenting with some cheaper alternatives. The best one I
have come up with is this. Grab yourself a bag of high grade flour
cheapest being home brand at $2.15 for 1.5kg. Add enough warm water to form a
firm dough, leave to stand for 30 minutes. Break off small amounts
of dough roll into a ball, then roll out on floured surface to
circles about the size of small dinner plate. Heat non stick pan
(medium heat) then dry fry each dough round about 2 minutes either
side. One bag of flour makes about 40 "wraps". Fill with
desired filling and send the kids off to school happy. I also fill
them with salad, chilli and cheese. Kids think they’re much better
then boring sandwiches plus you don’t need butter. So butter bill
also goes down...winner! - KM, Te Puke.
- Make your
own bread — one slice toasted spares the three of bought breads,
butter and jam! The recipe (so simple and speedy) — 2 packs
wholemeal flour, 3 sachets of Edmonds dry yeast (7g sachets or 1 1/2
tea spoons), salt, and add dried
fruits, muesli, porridge, nuts, 3 litres of warm water. Put in
preserving pan all dry ingredients, but break the yeast into a basin
with 3 soup spoons of raw sugar and cover with warm water and leave
to rise. While this is trebling in size, butter basins, pyrex
dishes, at least six. Pour yeast in to dry ingredients and mix well
with warm water. Pile into bowls (I use a soup ladel) put in 100
degrees Cent. Oven to rise for half an hour, cook at 180 degrees for
up to an hour. Put in deep freeze — will last you several weeks,
one slice only satisfies you till lunch! -
Ann of Whakatane.
- I am sitting in my kitchen and I
looked up to see our bread maker. We are a family of bread eaters
(for breakfast, lunch and snacks) and I normally make two loaves per
day at a cost of 50 cents per loaf. Prior to buying bread maker I
bought 10 loaves a week, but I only had one toddler and a baby who
hadn’t started on bread yet. I sold an unused item to partly fund
the purchase price of the bread maker, and after 3 years 8 months we
have probably make 2600 loaves, at a saving of at least $1 each. It
takes only 2-4 minutes to put on a loaf of bread, and it’s also a
good topic of conversation. – M.W.
- Beer bread recipe. Tried this
out on 22nd Feb after the Christchurch quake
and liked it. Costs about $2.00 to make and is the same
weight as normal bread. Texture is like scone and tastes like a
really nice cake. Gasp brought a real loaf the other day and will
never buy bread again. You need: 3 cups flour -self raising or 2
heaped tsp baking powder, some sugar couple of spoons. Mix dry
ingredients and add 330 mil can of beer (if still dry add a spoon or
so of milk). When it is a sticky gooey mess in the bowl plunk it
into a small greased loaf tin. Turn the oven on to 200c and the
waiting time seems to help the mixture cook for 30 minutes till top
sounds hollow to tap. Some grated cheese
seals the top so it does not split when raising. One small slice is same
weight as 2 slices of ordinary bread. Uses a small amount of butter
and jam and is delicious. (By the way, my wife has lost 5 kg since
we switched to this!). - Kay, Christchurch.
- Keep sliced bread in the freezer and take
out only what you need. Then there is no waste. 30 seconds in the microwave
will thaw it. - P.B.
- If you have leftover buns freeze them. When ready to use quickly run
them under water and place in a hot oven for 10 minutes. Outsides
crisp up and the insides are soft just like freshly baked buns.
Sounds crazy but it really works. - B.B., Napier.
- When I make a butter cake or
cookie dough I double the recipe and freeze the cooked cake for
another time and with the cookie dough I roll the uncooked logs of
dough and wrap them in baking paper or cling wrap and when I want
some cookies I just take them out, cut the log into pieces and bake
them frozen, it works every time. - Chris, Clifton
- I tend to bake once a
fortnight. Purchasing ingredients in bulk is best value for money
and making 2-3 items at a time is the most energy efficient. All my
recipes come from my Grandmother's old handwritten recipe books. I
will mix and match recipes so we have a combination of eat fresh and
eat from the freezer recipes. While home baking is not necessarily
the cheapest way to 'get' your sweet indulgences, I have found they
last longer than the commercial rubbish as you only need 1 or 2 to
get the satisfaction. All of that aside, all my baking has real
ingredients, not ingredients with numbers as names and they taste
SOOOO much better! - Shih Tzu Mum, Auckland
way to save move is to ‘knock’. When measuring unspecified
amounts of stuff (eg tea, sugar, flour etc) knock the spoon on the
inside of the jar or packet. Any loose material falls back, so you
don’t spill it and you don’t notice any less. Over time you will
find you are not using so much or buying so often. - H M K,
I make my pizzas using scone
dough. Make as usual (no sugar) roll out as thin as possible and cut
into rounds. Put tomato paste on top and cheese. Some times I put
spaghetti on top then cheese. Any topping you like. Ham, onions,
sausage anything you have in. The kids love choosing their own. - PB,
I use the bread maker to make
pizza dough. Put your favourite toppings on the pizza base and cook
it in the oven for 30 min on med/high. On Fridays I use left overs
from the previous night or whatever is in the fridge. This is a
great way to use up left over food, eg meatballs, crab meat or left
over cheese pasta. - Anneke Vandenberg, Hastings.
Ingredients: 1 cup cold mashed potato, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 cups SR
flour, pinch salt, 1 cup sultanas, about 1/2 cup milk.
Icing: 1 cup
icing sugar, hot water, 1 tbsp melted butter, about 1 tbsp coconut.
Cream potato & sugar together until light and fluffy. Sift
flour & salt together. Add sifted flour & sultanas to creamed
mixture. Gradually add enough milk to mix to a soft dough. Lightly
knead. Shape into a loaf. Bake 180C on a lightly greased tray 25-30
minutes. Ice when cool, sprinkle with coconut. - Lekki, Waiuku.
Ingredients: 1 c cold mashed potato, 3/4 c sugar, 2 c flour, 2 tsp
BP, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 c milk, 1 c sultanas. Beat potato and sugar til
creamy, add rest of ingredients.
Bake 180 c (or 350 f) for 30 mins on a well greased tray.
Ice while warm and sprinkle with coconut.
Enjoy. - Jude, Palmerston North.
Potato Sally Lunn. Ingredients: 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup cold mashed
potato, 2 cups self raising flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup sultanas,
about 1/4 cup milk. Cream sugar and potatoes throughly. Add sifted
flour and salt, beat well. Stir in sultanas and sufficient milk to
mix to a smooth firm dough. Shape into portions - I make 8 lunch
sized. Bake at 180 degrees c for 25 - 30 mins. When cool ice and
sprinkle with coconut. - Keryn, Tauranga.
use self raising flour, sugar to taste if adding dried
fruit, a pinch of salt and old milk. Put in COLD oven. Turn
oven on to 200 degrees. When the scones should just about be
ready, test to see if cooked. No butter needed. While
waiting for oven to reach 200, mix up a batch of biscuits or
a cake etc and place in the oven when it is up to
This cuts electricity costs. - Maude, Wanganui
- Learn to make a basic scone mix. Scones are so versatile you
can add in whatever you like. Dried fruits, nuts, spices,
onion, pineapple, bacon bits. Use your imagination. 2 cups
flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons margarine or
butter. If using dried fruit I find covering with water and
soaking the fruit in a 500ml container gives sufficient
moisture to make the scones. Mix well by hand or use a
mixer. The dough should become "plasticy" pliable
and dry to the touch. Bake 12 min at 220°C Savoury or plain
mixes can be dropped into stews to make dumplings. All
scones mixes can be frozen. Gives a wide variety made simply
and inexpensively. - Tex, Christchurch.