Culinary Hotline Questions
(06 Aug 2015)

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Culinary Hotline Questions

 

Every Wednesday, our resident chef and foodie Zola Nene answers your culinary questions. Whether you've come across a strange ingredient and want to know how to use it, or perhaps your recipe flopped and you'd like to know why - we're at your service to lend a foodie hand!

 

Q: What is the best recipe to use for biscuits that you want to decorate with flooding icing?

A: Make sure your biscuits aren’t sticky; like short bread or sugar cookies.

 

Flooding Icing Expresso


Q: How do I bake short bread cookies to make them dense?

A: It’s all to do with the mixing. Mix your dough a little more to make the cookie dense, especially with short bread. Also short bread is buttery so you want to keep it cold. Work with it and put it into the fridge. Then cut out your shapes and put it in the fridge again, then bake it.


Q: How do I make an omelette without it sticking to the bottom of the pan?

A: Make sure your pan is at a very high heat so that the egg cooks immediately when it hits the pan. Don’t forget to spread your egg out evenly.


Q: When baking bread, can you brush it with milk instead of dusting it with flour?

A: Flour gives it a rustic look, whereas milk or egg gives it a more shiny and refined look. You should do this before you bake the bread.


Q: Where can I get hold the training wheels for rolling pins?

A: Training wheels help you even out the thickness of your dough. You can get them at well-know and reputable baking stores.

 

Rolling pin wheels Expresso


Q: When I make roast potato it always sticks to the bottom of the roasting dish. What should I do differently?

A: Put your potatoes into the roasting dish. Place it into the oven. Parboil your potatoes so that your potatoes are fluffy on the outside. Heat your oil. Take your potatoes out of the oven. Place your potatoes into the oil and put it back into the oven. Your potatoes will then crisp up immediately.

 

Roast Potato Expresso

 

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