Monday, 26 August 2013
Burgers in Baps
Hello Dear Reader,
If you've ever eaten at Mc Muck's, those filth pedlars with the big yellow M, then you will have the misfortune to have eaten some of the worst bread in the world. It's so artificial that it would not rot if it survived a nuclear winter! Dearly Beloved loves a burger in roll, with some cheese and some fried red onions. I make all of ours from scratch.
I use my bread machine to make the dough
1 1/4 cups of water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 1/4 cups of strong bread flour
1 1/2 tsp of fast action yeast
Check if your machine has a dough setting and use that. Mine takes 1.5 hours to make the dough and gives it two rises, knocking back and kneeding again at each stage. I then take the dough out of the machine and form six balls for the rolls or baps and then leave them to rise again for the final time. About 15 minutes in a warm window will do. I then bake them at 190C/Gas 5/375F for 20 - 25 minutes. I would encourage anyone to make their own bread, even without a machine, it's so easy and it tastes of bread!
Leave to cool and then get on with the burger recipe.
You will also need one large red onion that you will need to slice and fry gently in some butter or oil. Cook them until they are sticky.
Homemade burgers are so much better than the ones you can buy.
350g of minced beef that cost me £1.
Heaped tbsp of dried coriander,
1 small onion, finely chopped.
1 tsp of mustard - I used Dijon as that's what we have.
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp of olive oil
salt and pepper to season.
I had every intention of grilling these, but my ageing grill (at the top of the oven) would not heat up in time so I didn't get the chance to melt the cheese. It is better if you have cheese that it's melted. These take about fifteen minutes to cook under a hot grill, cook one side, turn over and cook that side and then in the last five minutes add the cheese. Or not, if you don't want any!
Serve your man mountain his burger with onions, cheese topped burger and a healthy smear of pesto!
I aimed to eat two but I was beaten after just one! They are just lovely. If you ever feel like reaching for the takeaway, or poisoning yourself with Mc Muck's then stop, make them yourselves for pennies and I can assure you that the combination of home made bread rolls, soft fried onions and burgers are a massive treat and will not break the bank!
I've been quilting again today and have finished another quilt top, with I have batted and basted and I'm currently in the process of quilting. I'll have the photos to show you tomorrow. I now only have one and a bit unfinished quilts and I aim to get them all done by the end of the week!
Now Dear Reader, who else makes their own bread? Is it me, or does shop bread just taste of salt and sugar and has the texture of polystyrene? Any other burger makers out there who like to beat the takeaways?
Until tomorrow's next reveal,
Love Froogs xxxx