Social distancing has most of us stuck at home trying to minimize our exposure to strangers. That means that even visiting the store can be a risk. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make some of the essentials right at home? With just a few simple ingredients, you can!

Got a cupboard full of flour, sugar, and not much else? Stonehenge NYC is here to hook you up with five shockingly simple recipes that you can make with minimal ingredients and effort. 

Pancakes:



Pancakes have been a staple of the American breakfast for just about forever, and for good reason. They’re delicious, they’re filling, and they’re extremely easy to make. Sure, these days most of us just buy the instant mix from the store, but with a few staple ingredients you can create your very own pancakes. Here’s what you’ll need:

 
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
 

Simply throw all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix them vigorously until the whole mixture is smooth. Your pancake batter is ready to go. Next, heat up a frying pan to medium heat and grease it with butter or oil. 



The key to great pancakes is practice. Dollop your pancake batter into the pan in approximately ¼ cup portions. You can make them larger if you want, but they’ probably won’t be as manageable. You’ll see small bubbles start to form and pop on your pancakes. You’ll know they’re ready to flip when the bubbles pop but the holes stay open. If you’re inexperienced with pancakes you’ll probably make a few ugly ones to start. No worries! Even ugly pancakes are delicious. Keep practicing!  



Tortillas:



There’s a reason that restaurant tortillas are better than the ones you buy at the store. They’re fresh. The uses of flour tortillas are endless, and the recipe is so simple that once you make them at home, you’ll be kicking yourself for ever buying them in the first place. 
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
 

Start by throwing your flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Combine those thoroughly before adding your water and olive oil. Put some flour on your countertop and knead the dough, folding it in on itself. You’ll only need to do this about ten times to get a smooth dough. If it's too sticky; add more flour. If it's too crumbly; add more water. 



You’ll only have to let this dough rest for about ten minutes before cutting it with a knife into 8 separate portions. Shape these into balls and use a rolling pin to flatten them into perfect tortilla shapes. Don’t have a rolling pin? Use an old bottle. Dough sticking to your roller? Keep it floured. Take your time to roll out the perfect tortilla. They should be about 7 inches across.



Heat a lightly oiled skillet to medium-high heat. These will cook fast. You’ll probably only need to cook them for 30 seconds on each side. Keep a towel on your countertop and set your finished tortillas on it as they finish. Fold one side of the towel over to keep them warm while you cook. In less than ten minutes you’ll have a stack of perfectly delicious tortillas! 



Pizza Crust:



Is there any food more New York City than a slice of pizza? With many of our favorite pizza joints closed there’s a good chance you’re craving a slice. Luckily, homemade pizza is actually pretty easy to make. Even better, you can put just about any combination of sauce, cheese, and toppings on this crust for a custom pizza. Here’s what you’ll need:

 
  • 1 25-ounce package of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
 

Start by dissolving your yeast into your water. Let it sit for about ten minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients. Just like with the tortillas, knead by hand until you have a smooth loaf of dough. Let that dough rest for another ten minutes before transferring it to a well-greased pizza pan.



There’s no need to toss this dough in the air like a professional New York pizza chef. Take your time in flattening and stretching the dough to fit the shape of your pizza pan. If the dough starts tearing, let it rest for a few minutes before trying again. This will allow the gluten in the dough to relax and will make the dough easier to work with.



This dough will work with just about any pizza toppings imaginable. It’ll fully cook in an oven at 450 degrees in about 20 minutes. Just be sure to check that it’s fully cooked through before cutting it. Enjoy!