I’ve been craving a burger for two weeks. I have not eaten a burger in the last two weeks. That means: this two week long craving needs to be satisfied to the fullest. For me- a burger isn’t just about the meat, cheese, sauces, and whatever else you choose to adorn it with, it’s only good if the bun is excellent. Homemade. I love the tart acidity of sun-dried tomatoes and they’re the perfect match for dripping beef patty that I’ll later stuff into this tasty little cloud! Sun-dried tomatoes, fresh oregano, and chili pepper. With all the other flavours you’re going to pack into your burger later: it’s best to make your buns plain, or make ’em bold!
Today marks the first of a streak of days off work. Homemade bread, floor mopping, some lounging around, coffee sipping, and then off to see Les Miserables at the Princess of Wales Theatre with a friend (thanks to a certain couple!)… not a half bad way to start this mini vacay! I have to admit I’ve started watching Downton Abbey this week. I’m not going to lie: it’s a far cry from Game of Thrones people, but it’s entertaining enough. I’m disappointed in The Walking Dead this time around, but I’m still holding out hope that the writers will pack a punch by the end of the season. And- the gloopey guts are as good as always. I’ll take it. Beggars can’t be choosers.
Thanks to those who commented on my post from yesterday, it’s really nice to read about what others are doing for the holidays as alternatives to giving expensive gifts.
What do you do for the holidays? Have you decided a bloating of presents under the tree is unnecessary? What alternatives have you found and how will you be sharing your time with loved ones this year? I’d love to hear about your ‘minimalistic’ Holiday plans, so feel free to share your stories, click here!
As for the burgers…
The Burger Bun Dough: (makes 8 buns)
10 g dry yeast
350 ml warm water, but not hot
3 cups bread flour, slightly heaped
1+1/2 TB sugar
3/4 TB salt
6 TB oil from jarred sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
4 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, chopped (using reserved oil for above)
-Preheat oven to 400F.
-Dissolve your yeast in the warm water, set aside.
-Mix together your flour, sugar, salt, tomato oil, chili flakes, oregano, and sun-dried tomatoes in a large bowl.
-Add the water with the yeast to the dry flour mixture and knead with your hands until a rough ball of sticky dough forms. Set this aside for 5 mins.
-Knead the dough again for about 2 mins until the balls comes together as a more smooth one. It won’t be perfect because the tomatoes and oregano want to pop out as you knead it, but keep kneading until you’ve got it all incorporated and fairy smooth. Set aside in a warm place, covered with plastic wrap, until it has doubled in size.
-Remove the dough from a bowl, press it down onto a lightly oiled work surface to remove the excess air, but do not knead it.
-Cut the dough into 8 equal portions, round each portion out and pinch their bottoms so that they have smooth tops and a nice even shape all around. Pinching them at the bottom will help them to hold their round shape while baking.
-Place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake until the tops and bottoms are light golden brown, and until they make a slightly hollow sound when you tap their bottoms with your finger.
-Be sure to cool on a wire rack immediately, as for all breads you’re making. You don’t want the heat and moisture that’s escaping the bread to become trapped underneath, this will create a soggy damp feel.
-As soon as they’re room temperature they’re ready to eat! This is a nice soft burger bun, I don’t like my burgers to have a crunch when I bite into them, so this recipe is also really great for any kind of sandwich in general.
Eh voila… awesome.
Ciao for now guys!