Friday, January 22, 2016

Hamburger Buns

January 22, 2016

I already have a recipe for homemade hamburger and hotdog buns, here on the blog, but this is a different one and I think I prefer this one for the hamburger buns, to be honest.

The other recipe is great for the hotdog buns though, so give that one a try.

Yesterday I was making sloppy joes for dinner and realized that I had completely forgotten to buy the bread.  Good thing about making your own is that you don't have to rush out to spend money, and they usually turn out better, cheaper and more delicious than store bought anyway.

These do take time to rise, but aside from that, they are easily one of the easiest bread recipes you'll find.


January 22, 2016

Hamburger Buns
Source:  Chef John


1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (such as Fleischmann's ActiveDry Yeast(R))
1 pound all-purpose flour, or as needed - divided
1 cup warm water (105 degrees F/41 degrees C)
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk


Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
Place yeast into bowl of a large stand mixer; whisk in 1/2 cup flour and warm water until smooth. Let stand until mixture is foamy, 10 to 15 minutes.

Whisk 1 egg, melted butter, sugar, and salt thoroughly into yeast mixture. Add remaining flour (about 3 cups).

Fit a dough hook onto stand mixer and knead the dough on low speed until soft and sticky, 5 to 6 minutes. Scrape sides if needed. Poke and prod the dough with a silicone spatula; if large amounts of dough stick to the spatula, add a little more flour.

Transfer dough onto a floured work surface; dough will be sticky and elastic but not stick to your fingers. Form the dough lightly into a smooth, round shape, gently tucking loose ends underneath.
Wipe out stand mixer bowl, drizzle olive oil into the bowl, and turn dough over in the bowl several times to coat surface thinly with oil. Cover bowl with aluminum foil. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.

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Transfer dough to a floured work surface and pat to flatten bubbles and form into a slightly rounded rectangle of dough about 5x10 inches and about 1/2 inch thick. Dust dough lightly with flour if needed. Cut dough into 8 equal pieces. Form each piece into a round shape, gently tucking ends underneath as before.

Use your hands to gently pat and stretch the dough rounds into flat disc shapes about 1/2 inch thick. Arrange buns about 1/2 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Dust buns very lightly with flour. Drape a piece of plastic wrap over the baking sheet (do not seal tightly). Let buns rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Beat 1 egg with milk in a small bowl, using a fork, until mixture is thoroughly combined. Very gently and lightly brush tops of buns with egg wash without deflating the risen dough.

Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned on top, 15 to 17 minutes. Buns will stick together slightly where they touch. Let cool completely, tear the buns apart, and slice in half crosswise to serve.

January 22, 2016

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

Ok, so this is how this meal came about.  When I meal plan I usually will write the page number of the cookbook I'm using, or make a note that it is on my blog or online elsewhere etc.

Tonight I was supposed to make Beef Tips and forgot to write any notes down.  I searched the cookbooks I'm using this week, I looked online, I looked at my blog and nothing.  I don't know where I got the idea from, but low and behold, it was there and I had already bought the meat so had to wing it.

Good thing about loving to cook and knowing how to cook, is that you pretty much know what flavors work well with others and you're not scared of trying new things.

Since getting my Pressure Cooker, I've been using it a lot and trying out different recipes.  I have yet to find one that didn't turn out well, so I figured this would be the perfect time to try cooking up some stewing beef which is one of those beef cuts that need to cook for a very long time to get it nice and tender.

I didn't have a long time, it was 4pm and I needed to get dinner on the table by 5pm.

I threw in a bit of this and a cup of that and 25 minutes later had the most delicious tender beef tips.  I'm so excited with the pressure cooker that I just have to come and share this recipe, well that and the fact that I've been so bad about sharing recipes lately and need to get butt in gear.

Now I'm sure you could certainly adapt this recipe to make it in a slow cooker for a couple of hours, or even on the stove top for two or so hours, at a low heat to get them nice and tender, but this recipe is for the digital pressure cookers.  By the way, mine is a 4 quart Gourmia Smart Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.


Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips


2 pounds stewing beef
1 onion, diced
1 orange pepper, diced
2 tablespoons flour
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
olive oil
Half a bottle of Guinness Beer
1 envelope of Onion and Mushroom Soup
Worcestershire sauce
1 cup of water


In a ziploc bag, add the beef, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion and mushroom soup.  Shake well to cover the meat.

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Set your pressure cooker to Saute, add a little bit of olive oil to the bowl, dump in the onion and pepper and saute for a few minutes until onion is transparent.  Add in the meat mixture and brown.

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Once the meat is brown, pour in the Guinness Beer, a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce and the water.  Stir well.

Place the lid on and lock it.  Make sure the pressure release is set to airtight.  Cook on high for 25 minutes.  I actually used the Soup preset button which is exactly 25 minutes.  Walk away and let it do it's thing.

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When the time is up, either let it release pressure on it's own, or use the quick release.  

25 minutes was enough time to make the beef tender and to create a nice thick sauce.

I served mine with rice.

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

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