Sunday, March 14, 2010

I love a good Burger and Fries!

Some days- I love to cook so much, I just can't stop!! Today was one of those days- so I have to include two recipes this time. First, I made Honey Wheat Sandwich Rolls to serve as our hamburger buns for dinner. 60 degrees, sunshine and melted snow mean it's time to bust out the grill!!!
For these rolls- you will need:

Bread Flour
Wheat Flour
Dry Active Yeast
Vital Wheat Gluten ( I added this)

1 Egg
Heat 1 cup of milk and 2 TBS butter for 1 minute in the microwave (I add the additional 1/4 cup of milk after to bring the temp down a bit). Add to it 1 1/4 tsp of dry active yeast and 1/4 cup of honey. Let stand for 10 minutes until foamy. Add in 1 cup of Wheat Flour, 2 cups of Bread Flour, the salt, 1 tsp of vital wheat gluten and 1 egg, beaten. Knead for 10 minutes adding up to 3/4 cup additional bread flour, as needed. When dough is smooth- it will look like this:

Allow to rise for about 45 minutes and then roll out and form into balls or cut with a biscuit cutter. This dough is so soft and wonderful to work with!!

The recipe makes 16 dinner rolls- I made 8 Hamburger buns instead.

Cover buns and allow to rise for 1 hour- until doubled in size. They will look like this:

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes and brush with melted butter when you pull them from the oven. The result is soft and gorgeous buns!

I made the buns in the morning- less to do at dinner time.

This is my Oven Fry Recipe...French Fries without the Fry.
About 1 hour before you wish to eat, preheat oven to 450 degrees and place a foil lined baking sheet on the bottom rack.
Wash one large russet potato per person and slice into 4 planks. Slice each plank into four sticks and place on a microwave safe plate.

Microwave for four minutes and toss onto the hot baking sheet (Microwaving the potatoes dries them out so they crisp better). Spray the fries with a little cooking spray and about 2 TBS of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Put on bottom rack of the oven.

After about 20 minutes- remove the baking sheet and toss the fries. They will look like this :

Place back on the lower rack for an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with a freshly grilled burger, placed on the beautiful wheat bun! Delicious :)

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