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homemade.hamburger.buns

According to my scientific calculations, it has been way too long since I’ve updated (that’s science). So I bring you a delicious recipe for homemade hamburger buns as an apology offering. This is the first time I’ve done them, but they turned out so well (and are so stupidly easy) I don’t think I’ll be buying them anymore. One more thing off the shopping list! And one more thing that makes all my friends think I’m an even bigger hipster homesteader. (I’m ok with that).

  • Add 3 1/2 cups bread flour to your stand mixer
  • Proof 1 TB yeast in 3/4 cup warm water
  • Add 1 large egg, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 TB melted butter and 1 1/4 teaspoon salt to your flour and start the mixer using the bread hook attachment
  • Add water and yeast to flour and mix. Slowly drizzle more warm water to dough if it is not pulling together
  • “Knead” with the hook for 5-8 minutes
  • Form a ball with the dough and place in a lightly oiled bowl to rise until doubled (I rise on the heating pad – so much faster!)

After your dough has risen, gently punch down and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll the dough into a ball and set on a lightly greased baking sheet. Remember to fold the bottom of the roll into itself so the weird edges don’t rise up and out creating mutant buns. Press the ball into 3 inch or so flat circles, lightly flour, and allow to rise (covered) until doubled.

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Brush with melted butter and bake for 15-20 minutes (until brown) in a 375* oven.

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We ripped into one last night as soon as it cooled and they were pretty amazing. The hands on time it takes to make these is so minimal – probably as long as it would take you to go to the store. So, why buy it? Make it.

 

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dog.birthday.pupcake

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Our awesome little Blue Heeler Cedar just celebrated her 8th Birthday (or is it Barkday?). And since I’m “that person” I absolutely had to make her a cake. Dog cakes are different from people cakes as all that sugar and extra stuff isn’t good for them (I know it’s not really good for us either, but we have thumbs so it’s ok), so carrots are the main ingredient in this one. And considering carrots are pretty much the only ‘people food’ she’s allowed, and absolutely loves them and comes running when she hears them being chopped, this cake was a huge doggy hit.

  • Grate 1 1/2-2 cups carrots
  • Add 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 cup honey to a bowl
  • Arrange slices from 1 large carrot on the bottom of a lightly greased cake pan to allow for ultimate doggy cake presentation (yeah, I know she doesn’t care)
  • Pour batter into pan and bake for 30-40 minutes in a 350* oven
  • Cool, release and serve

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She thought it was pretty much the best thing ever. I’m not even sure she bothered to chew. Happy Birthday Cedar!

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french.bread

Last weekend I went a little crazy at Costco and bought the 50# bag of bread flour. Why? Because it was only $20 and I use bread flour for almost everything (it makes things lighter and fluffier and awesomer). So of course I get to make as many loaves of fresh bread as I want. With gumbo on the menu for tonight, I thought a loaf of nice, sexy, French bread would be the winning touch.

  • Proof 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast in 1 1/4 cup warm water (80-90 degrees)
  • Add 3 cups flour, 2 tsp sugar & 1 tsp salt to mixing bowl
  • Mix with dough hook until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if necessary
  • Rise in an oiled bowl until doubled
  • Punch down, roll out into a rectangle on a well floured surface, then roll to form a tube – pinch ends together and rise, covered, for another 30-45 minutes, slice lines just before baking
  • Bake at 375* for 20-25 minutes (add a dish of water to the oven while baking for a crisper crustkitchenaid

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And yes. I tastes even better than it looks.

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raspberry.scones

A friend took me to the most amazing full-yard garden this past weekend, where I not only drooled over their fabulous vegetables and chickens, but picked more raspberries than I know what to do with. I came home with 2 full gallon containers, and I lost count how many went directly into my mouth.

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Today I pulled out my ‘proper English tea’ cookbook and decided to give some scones a go, all proper like.

  • Sift and mix 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt in a mixing bowl
  • Cut in 3-4 TB butter and slowly add 2/3 cup buttermilk and mix
  • You should have a nice heavy dough at this point. Add a handful or 2 of raspberries to the mix and gently mix into dough – no, it won’t be pretty
  • Roll out on a floured counter top. 1/2 thick is best, cut into triangles, and arrange on a baking sheet, close together, but not touching
  • Bake at 425F for 12-15 minutes

If you have some clotted creme sitting around, you are more than welcome to throw that pinky up and dive in. I had ice cream, and more berries, and man oh man are these little guys good.

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