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The best three-ingredient recipes to cook while in coronavirus lockdown


Bare shelves? No problem! (Picture: Getty Images)

The coronavirus pandemic has led to unnecessary supermarket stockpiling, leaving shelves empty, and some people’s cupboards barer than they would like.

While not ideal, it’s flexed many people’s creative muscles, as they’ve found themselves experimenting with the ingredients they do have at home.

The good news is that we’ve discovered there’s a whole lot you can do with just a few staples.

For example, you can make delicious three-ingredient flapjacks using butter, porridge oats and golden syrup, or pancakes without eggs or flour, using – you guessed it – three ingredients.

What other recipes can you make with minimal ingredients?

Three-ingredient peanut butter cookies

Not able to pick up flour at the supermarket? No problem! Try out these flourless peanut butter cookies.

You need:
200g peanut butter (both crunchy and smooth work fine)
175g caster sugar (other sugars will work too if you can’t find caster)
1 egg

Method:
Heat your oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Mix the peanut butter and sugar together in a bowl until well combined.
Add the egg and mix to form a dough.
Roll them into 1 inch balls and place them a few inches apart on the sheet.
Flatten them with a fork in a criss-cross pattern.
Cook them for 10-12 minutes until they are golden around the edges and then let them cool.
You can keep them in an airtight container for three days, or freeze the dough before baking it and cook them from frozen (by adding two more minutes to the cooking time), whenever you need a quick treat.

Mmmm (Picture: Getty)

Three-ingredient pancakes

This pancake recipe is something of a saviour, as you can make them without eggs OR flour!

You need:
45g rolled oats
90g peeled medium banana
3 1/2 tablespoons of the milk of your choice

Method:
Grease a frying pan with butter or a vegan alternative.
Mix all the ingredients together using a hand blender, then pour ladles of batter onto the greased pan.
As soon as the pancakes are cooked enough that you can get a spatula underneath without breaking the pancakes, flip and cook for an additional minute. If you have leftovers, they can be refrigerated or frozen.
Top them with whatever you like to put on your pancakes, be it lemon and sugar or Nutella.

Admittedly they might not end up quite so fluffy… (Credits: Getty Images)

Three-ingredient flapjacks

These three-ingredient flapjacks can easily be stored away to tuck into at a later date, so feel free to increase the quantities.

You need:
200g butter
Six tablespoons of golden syrup
330g porridge oats

Method
Heat your oven to 180C and grease a baking tray (around 33cm x 25cm is good but slightly smaller or bigger will work too. You can divide it into two smaller trays as well) with a little butter and then line the base with greaseproof paper.
Melt the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan on a low heat.
Stir until the butter has melted into the syrup.
Put the oats in a bowl and pour the butter and syrup over. Mix until well combined. Pour the flapjack mixture into the baking tray and spread evenly, pushing it into the corners and ensuring the top is even.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. It should still be slightly soft in the middle when it’s done but will harden as it cools.
Take out of the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars to enjoy. Store the flapjacks in an airtight tin.

Flapjacks are easy and nutritional – a win-win in our books (Picture: Getty)

Three-ingredient macaroni cheese

Feeling like some quick comfort food? Enter… the three-ingredient macaroni cheese, courtesy of Tasty.

You need:
1.25 litres milk
455g of macaroni
200g of shredded cheddar

Method:
Bring milk to a boil, then add the pasta and stir.
Reduce heat to a gentle boil as the milk froths up and boils over.
Cook for around 10 minutes or until al dente.
Stir in the shredded cheese, season with salt and pepper and let it sit for a couple of minutes to thicken.
Stir, and then enjoy!

Three-ingredient flatbread

Running low on bread and reluctant to go to the shops? Look no further than this Native American flatbread.

It’s actually five ingredients, but two are salt and water, so we think it’s adequately simple.

You need:
250g flour
290ml lukewarm water
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tablespoon oil/butter/shortening

Method:
Mix dry ingredients together and add most water, mix and add water until it has the consistency of tacky pizza dough.
Knead for a few minutes.
Let rest in a greased bowl for 30- 60 minutes.
Divide into 6 pieces and roll out on floured surface thin (Tortilla thickness)
Heat pan to 180°C and cook until golden brown spots form. Flip them until they’re done.
These can be made ahead and kept under a floured towel or frozen for later use.

Mac and cheese is always a winner (Picture: Getty)

Three-ingredient banana bread

This three-ingredient banana bread, taken from Slow Cooker Recipes & Tips Facebook page couldn’t be simpler.

There’s just one caveat – as you may expect, you need a slow cooker for it.

You need:
Five bananas
One 397g tin of condensed milk
300g of self-raising flour

Method:
Mix all ingredients together, poured them into a lined cake tin and put around 3cm of water in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Place the cake tin inside the slow cooker and cook it on a high setting for two hours. Add a tea towel under the lid of the slow cooker to absorb some of the moisture.

Three-ingredient cookies & cream fudge

Looking for an easy sugar fix? This cookies & cream flavoured fudge, taken from Tasty, should do just the trick.

You need:
510g white chocolate
400g sweetened condensed milk
12 Oreo cookies, chopped

Method
Combine the chocolate and condensed milk in a mixing bowl and microwave in 15-second increments, until fully melted
Once it’s melted, add in the chopped cookies and stir well
Pour the mixture into a parchment paper-lined baking tin, preferably measuring 20x20cm
Refrigerate for two hours
Cut into bite-sized pieces and enjoy!

It’s time to dust your slow cooker (Picture: Slow Cooker Recipes and Tips/Facebook)

Three-ingredient scones

Got some spare lemonade at home? Combine it with cream and flour for some unusual lemonade scones. You can use any ratio of 1:2:3 for this one.

This one also comes from Slow Cooker Recipes & Tips, so recommends using the trusty kitchen appliance. However, you can also pop these in the oven.

You need:
235ml cup of cream
470ml cups of lemonade
360g flour

Method:
Gently mix together all ingredients and roll dough onto a floured surface.
Use a cookie cutter or glass to cut the scones and brush with milk, if you have some.
Put them inside the slow cooker inside some baking paper with a tea towel under the lid.
Cook on a high setting for 90 minutes.

It’s so ch(easy) (Picture: Slow Cooker Recipes and Tips/Facebook)

Nutella cake

Okay, so this super easy Nutella cake from The Petite Cook actually only requires two ingredients, Nutella and eggs.

But we’ll give it an honorary mention here, because if you want to dust it with icing sugar – or decorate it – that will take you to three ingredients.

The original recipe doesn’t specify exact quantities but for ease, you can go with the below:

You need:
Five eggs
A small jar of Nutella

Method:
Start by placing the eggs in a mixer, and whisk them on medium speed until pale and airy.
After 5-6 minutes, they should be tripled in volume.
At this point, if you like, you can sprinkle the egg mixture with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, for an extra chocolatey and a slightly bitter note.
Put the Nutella in a microwavable bowl and heat it for 30 seconds.
Mix them, gently and slowly, adding in the eggs one third at a time to the Nutella mixture.
Put the mixture into a 6-inch greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Cool it on top of the oven with a clean tea towel in top, in order to lock in the moisture.
Garnish with icing sugar and serve.

Anything with Nutella is a winner (Picture: Getty)

Three-ingredient pasta sauce

Marcella Hazan’s simple tomato pasta sauce recipe has stunned people since its conception.

How can something so simple taste so good, screamed the internet in their hoards?

Frankly, we’re not sure. But we’re a fan.

You need:
800g of tomatoes and their juices. Or, 2x400g cans of tinned tomatoes
5 tablespoons of butter
One onion, peeled and cut in half

Method:
Combine all the tomatoes and their juices, the butter and onion halves into a saucepan, seasoning with a pinch or two of salt.
Put on a medium heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
Stir occasionally, adding salt and mashing any large pieces of tomato as required.
Discard the onion, before tossing the sauce in pasta.

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